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Refreshes the pacman package cache from the FTP servers and provides LWRPs related to pacman


Platform: ArchLinux. Pacman is not relevant on other platforms.



Use the pacman_group resource to install or remove pacman package groups. Note that at this time the LWRP will check if the group is installed but doesn't do a lot of error checking or handling. File a ticket on the COOK project at for improvements and feature requests.

The options parameter can be used to pass arbitrary options to the pacman command.


Use the pacman_aur resource to install packages from ArchLinux's AUR repository.


  • :build - Builds the package.
  • :install - Installs the built package.


  • version - hardcode a version
  • builddir - specify an alternate build directory, defaults to Chef::Config[:file_cache_path]/builds.
  • options - pass arbitrary options to the pacman command.
  • pkgbuild_src - whether to use an included PKGBUILD file, put the PKGBUILD file in in the files/default directory.
  • patches - array of patch names, as files in files/default that should be applied for the package.


Include recipe[pacman] early in the run list, preferably first, to ensure that the package caches are updated before trying to install new packages.


Author:: Joshua Timberman (

Copyright:: Opscode, Inc. (

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