It actually has nothing to do with the rolling nature of Arch. It is just a choice made by Balena. They choose to do frequent small updates instead of less frequent large updates.
Since it is in AUR package and you are using yay, you should be getting an option that asks you if you want to exclude AUR packages, you could always just select the number for etcher when you do your updates.
Alternatively, don’t build it from source. As @Tasia91 has suggested, use the AUR package etcher-bin which will install much faster.
It is also available in other forms if you prefer. There is an AppImage and a flatpak.
Thank you dalto and Tasia91. I just installed etcher-bin. During the yay installation process, the (necessary) option to remove balena-etcher was offered (naturally I did remove it) and the whole process went smoothly.
I do have one further question: my former balena-etcher program also installed electron (currently 9.0.4-1). Should I keep that program? Is it necessary for the proper functioning of etcher-bin?.
Thank you both again for this answer to me question. And thanks to the others who have replied.
No need for sorrow, or sorry for that matter. Just don’t be wondering why it doesn’t ignore the ones after commas! (Of course, if spaces are included along with commas, it might work!). One of those things you learn from watching someone/thing that knows how making entries - in my case it was downgrade I must keep audacious GTK so I can use it…
I just installed etcher-bin fresh on plasma and yes it does take a little time for it to build and then install. It wasn’t that long for me on this system but i understand it could be a little slower on some systems.
The etcher-bin program takes nowhere nearly as long to install as did balena-etcher. I have removed both balena-etcher (AUR) and electron (Community) from three of my computers (so far) and replaced them with etcher-bin.
The etcher-bin program still shows in Applications/Accessories and, when I start it, it appears to set up exactly as did the balena-etcher.
I haven’t yet had a need to actually use the program but I am confident that it will exactly the same as before.
I just hope that there aren’t as many annoying (and lengthy in time) upgrades as there were before. Four upgrades in less than one week is just too many in my opinion.
Again I wish to thank everyone who has given me information and answers to my question(s). I can only say again that, in my opinion, this is the very best Linux forum there is!
It should be exactly the same app, it’s just pre-compiled
Imo, there’s really no reason to build it yourself from source unless you want to customize it, or get the latest changes as quickly as possible or you just have no other choice.