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pacapt - An Arch's pacman-like package manager for some Unices.
An Arch's pacman-like package manager for some Unices. Actually this Bash
script provides a wrapper for system's package manager.
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 types of package manager:
pacman by Arch Linux, ArchBang
dpkg/apt-get by Debian, Ubuntu
homebrew by Mac OS X
yum/rpm by Redhat, CentOS, Fedora
portage by Gentoo
Download the script 'pacman' and install it into /usr/local/bin.
$ wget -O /usr/local/bin/pacman
$ chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/pacman
This script shouldn't be installed on an Arch-based system.
$ pacman <operation> <option(s)> <packages>
-Q list all installed packages
-Qc <package> show package's changelog
-Qi <package> print package status
-Ql <package> list package's files
-Qm list installed packages that aren't available
in any installation source
-Qo <file> query package that provides <file>
-Qp <file> query a package file (don't use package database)
-S <package> install package(s)
-Ss <package> search for packages
-Su upgrade the system
-Sy update package database
-Suy update package database, then upgrade the system
Remove / Clean up
-R <packages> remove some packages
-Sc delete old downloaded packages
-Scc delete all downloaded packages
-Sccc clean variant files.
(debian) See more at
-f force yes
-v be verbose
-w download packages but don't install them
To install a package from backports repository on Debian system:
$ pacman -S foobar -t lenny-backports
Similarly, any further option which isn't recognized by getopts (1)
can be passed to system tool.
When being executed on Arch-based system, the tool simply invokes
the system tool '/usr/bin/pacman'. So you would never install this tool
as '/usr/bin/pacman', otherwise you may break your system!
Special thanks to
Châu An, Nguyễn (told me about 'Pacman Rosetta' [1])
Karol Blazewicz (for comments about '-Sy')
James Pearson (for userful comments and patches.
See also
Alexander Dupuy (for userful comments and patches.
See also
Hà Dương, Nguyễn (for adding Gentoo support.
See also
1. Pacman Rosetta,
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