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This is arson 2.0, the hot AUR search helper!

There is 3 functions of arson:

  • Searching
  • Downloading
  • Updating

Getting arson

You can get arson 2 ways:

  • As a Ruby gem gem install evaryont-arson --source
  • Cloning the git repository git clone git://

Using arson


arson's default fall back action. If arson doesn't understand your parameters, it will search the AUR with them (after URL escaping them) and display the results to you, in color.


To download a package, pass -d to arson. Any other arguments will be converted into package names and arson will try to download a package with that exact name. e.g.: arson -d arson # Downloads the package "arson" arson -d pacman color # Downloads the packages "pacman" and "color" arson won't perform any clean up on the passed parameters, so (using the 2nd example) arson will try to find the 'pacman' and 'color' packages while you probably meant the 'pacman-color' package.


If you pass -u to arson, it will search through the locally installed foreign packages (as reported by pacman -Qm) and return a list of possible updates available in the AUR.

You can not pass anything or pass -h or --help to arson to get a quick summary of these options.


arson has a configuration file located at ~/.arson.yaml. Look at the wiki page for details about what each option does.