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pacapt - An Arch's pacman-like package manager for some Unices.

Description

An Arch's pacman-like package manager for some Unices. Actually this Bash script provides a wrapper for system's package manager. For example, on CentOS machines, you can install htop with command

$ pacapt -S htop

Instead of remembering various options/tools on different OSs, you only need a common way to manipulate packages. Not all options of the native package manager are ported; the tool only provides a very basic interface to search, install, remove packages, and/or update the system.

Arch's pacman is chosen, as pacman is quite smart when it divides all packages-related operations into three major groups: Synchronize, Query and Remove/Clean up. It has a clean man page, and it is the only tool needed to manipulate official packages on system. (Debian, for example, requires you to use apt-get, dpkg, and/or aptitude.)

The tool supports the following package managers:

  • pacman by Arch Linux, ArchBang, Manjaro, etc.
  • dpkg/apt-get by Debian, Ubuntu, etc.
  • homebrew by Mac OS X
  • macports by Mac OS X
  • yum/rpm by Redhat, CentOS, Fedora, etc.
  • portage by Gentoo
  • zypper by OpenSUSE
  • pkgng by FreeBSD
  • cave by Exherbo Linux
  • pkg_tools by OpenBSD
  • sun_tools by Solaris(SunOS)
  • apk by Alpine Linux

Installation

  1. This script shouldn't be installed on an Arch-based system;
  2. On FreeBSD and Alpine Linux, please install bash package first;
  3. Download the stable script and make it executable
$ sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/pacapt \
https://github.com/icy/pacapt/raw/ng/pacapt

$ sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/pacapt

$ sudo ln -sv /usr/local/bin/pacapt /usr/local/bin/pacman || true

On some system, /usr/local/bin is not in the search paths when the command is executed by sudo. You may want to use /usr/bin/pacman or /usr/bin/pacapt instead.

This stable script is generated from the latest stable branch, which is v2.0 at the moment. If you want to compile a script from its components, please make sure you use a correct branch. See CONTRIBUTING.md for details.

Usage

Some basic command line options

  • -h (--help): Print help message;
  • -P: Print list of suppoted operations;
  • -V: Print script version

Some popular options of the original ArchLinux's pacman program are supported and listed in the table in the next section.

A short description can be found at

https://github.com/icy/pacapt/blob/ng/lib/help.txt.

Implemented operations

(Note: This table is generated automatically from the latest development work. Some features may be missing in the stable script. Please don't change this table manually when you create new pull request.)

           Q Qc Qi Ql Qm Qo Qp Qs Qu R Rn Rns Rs S Sc Scc Sccc Si Sii Sl Ss Su Suy Sw Sy U
      apk  y  .  y  y  .  y  .  y  y y  y   y  y y  y   y    y  y   y  y  y  y   y  y  y y
     cave  y  .  y  y  .  y  y  y  y y  y   y  y y  y   y    y  y   .  .  y  y   y  .  y y
      dnf  y  y  y  y  y  y  y  y  y y  .   .  . y  y   y    y  y   .  y  y  y   y  y  y y
     dpkg  y  .  y  y  .  y  y  y  y y  y   y  y y  y   y    y  y   y  .  y  y   y  .  y y
 homebrew  y  y  y  y  .  y  .  y  y y  .   .  y y  y   y    y  y   .  .  y  y   y  .  y .
 macports  .  y  .  y  .  y  .  .  y y  .   .  y y  y   y    .  y   .  .  y  y   y  .  y .
    pkgng  y  .  y  y  .  y  y  .  y y  .   .  y y  y   y    .  y   .  .  y  y   y  .  y .
pkg_tools  y  .  y  y  .  y  y  .  y y  y   y  y y  y   y    .  y   .  y  y  y   y  .  y .
  portage  y  y  y  y  .  y  .  .  y y  .   .  y y  y   y    y  y   .  .  y  y   y  .  y .
sun_tools  y  .  y  y  .  y  .  y  . y  .   .  . .  .   .    .  .   .  .  .  .   .  .  . y
      yum  y  y  y  y  y  y  y  y  y y  .   .  y y  y   y    y  y   y  .  y  y   y  .  y y
   zypper  y  y  y  y  y  y  y  y  y y  y   y  y y  y   y    y  y   y  y  y  y   y  y  y y

Support

Please use the ticket system at https://github.com/icy/pacapt/issues .

Development

Make sure you read some instructions in CONTRIBUTING.md.

A development script can be compiled from the source code.

$ git clone https://github.com/icy/pacapt.git
$ cd pacapt

# switch to development branch
$ git checkout ng

# compile the script
$ ./bin/compile.sh > pacapt.dev

# check if syntax is good
$ bash -n pacapt.dev

$ sudo install -m755 ./pacapt.dev /usr/local/bin/pacapt

Please read the sample Makefile for some details.

License

This work is released under the terms of Fair license (http://opensource.org/licenses/fair).

AUTHORS. CONTRIBUTORS

Many people have contributed to the project by sending pull requests and/or reporting on the ticket system. Here is an incomplete list of authors and contributors.

  • 10sr (10sr)
  • Alexander Dupuy (dupuy)
  • Anh K. Huynh (icy)
  • Alex Lyon (Arcterus)
  • Carl X. Su (bcbcarl)
  • Cuong Manh Le (Gnouc)
  • Daniel YC Lin (dlintw)
  • Danny George (dangets)
  • Darshit Shah (darnir)
  • Eric Crosson (EricCrosson)
  • GijsTimmers (GijsTimmers)
  • Hà-Dương Nguyễn (cmpitg)
  • Huy Ngô (NgoHuy)
  • James Pearson (xiongchiamiov)
  • Janne Heß (dasJ)
  • Jiawei Zhou (4679)
  • Karol Blazewicz
  • Kevin Brubeck (unhammer)
  • Konrad Borowski (xfix)
  • Kylie McClain (somasis)
  • Siôn Le Roux (sinisterstuf)
  • Vojtech Letal (letalvoj)
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