Meric - package manager utility for pacman repositories and the AUR; fork of packer
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A package manager utility for pacman repositories and the AUR. meric is a fork of famous "packer". meric only handles tasks that may require access to the AUR or are required by tasks that do. For everything else, simply use pacman.


The easiest way to install meric is from the AUR. Also you can use provided PKGBUILD.If you want to install it manually, simply run these commands as root :

install -m 755 meric /usr/bin/meric

mkdir /usr/share/meric && install -m 644 \

{meric.lang,COPYING,README,ChangeLog} /usr/share/meric/

install -m 644 meric.conf /etc/meric.conf

mkdir /usr/share/zsh/site-functions && install -m 644 \

meric.zshcomp /usr/share/zsh/site-functions/_meric

mkdir /etc/bash_completion.d && install -m 644 meric.bashcomp \



meric's usage is similar to pacman, but there are a few differences. One is that meric only supports the following actions and options:


  • -S install
  • -Ss(q) search (quietly)
  • -Si get info about package
  • -Sc(c) delete cached files including ones from meric (delete more)
  • -S(y)u update (get new cache data)
  • -a only preform AUR-based actions. can be used with -S,-Ss(q) actions
  • -G download and extract aur tarball only
  • -U make local PKGBUILD with AUR support
  • -v print version info


  • --quiet same as the optional 'q' in -Ss(q)
  • --ignore a package to ignore
  • --noconfirm don't ask any questions
  • --sign sign package
  • --asdeps install packages as dependancies
  • --noedit don't ask if the user wants to edit AUR files
  • --auronly only preform AUR-based actions
  • --devel add all VCS packages to the list of packages to be updated
  • --skipinteg skip makepkg's integrity checks
  • --keeptar copy tarballs to 'SRCPKGDEST' specified in '/etc/makepkg.conf'
  • --cleandeps clean dependencies after package building process
  • --skip-repo skip comma-separated list of repos
  • -h, --help print a usage message
  • --version print version info
  • -- assume all of the following arguments are packages

Another difference is the inclusion of an interactive mode. Running meric with a package name (and options) but without specifying an action will start interactive mode. In this mode a numbered list of search results for the given package is displayed, and one or more numbers are requested. Entering the coresponding numbers will install those packages.

One last small difference is that, if sudo is installed, meric will automatically prompt for you password when it needs. For security reasons it is recommended you install and configure sudo properly, and then run meric as a normal user, not as root. For more information on sudo, take a look at [the ArchWiki's Sudo article] aw-sudo.


To install a package:

meric -S <package>

To search for a package:

meric -Ss <keyword>

Install without confirmation:

meric -S --noconfirm <package>

Search and install using interactive mode:

meric <package>

Build and install package then remove dependancies:

meric -Sa --cleandeps <package>

Search for a package, colorize results, and display in less:

meric -Ss --color <package> | less -R


Meric uses its own configuration file located as '/etc/meric.conf' or '$HOME/.config/meric/meric.conf'

In meric.conf users are allowed to specify mainly two things:

  • makepkg options specified makepkg options are passed to main 'meric' script and treated just like 'makepkg --option'

  • meric options specified meric options are passed to main 'meric' script and treated just like 'meric --option'. For more info please look at meric.conf file.

meric reads the following settings from pacman.conf:

  • IgnorePkg
  • DBPath

Both of these settings have the same effect on meric's operation as they do on pacman. Obviously, if pacman is called it will read any settings it needs.

If you want to use another pacman configuration file instead of the default one, you can use your own pacman.conf located in '$HOME/.config/meric/pacman.conf'. /etc/pacman.conf will be ignored in this case.

If you want to edit a file, the $EDITOR environment variable is used. If editor is not set, meric will use vi.


If you've been using yaourt and just can't stop because of pacdiffviewer then you should take a look at diffpac, a stand-alone pacdiffviewer fork. If you don't like it, or want some of the other features that that yaourt provides, you can always use both meric and yaourt. Since meric is designed to only do what it needs to do, it requires you to use at least pacman as well. There's no reason you can't use it with something else (such as yaourt) too.


Meric has locale support in form of bash scripts. For the sake of keep package and its dependencies minimal; only one text file (in bash script format) is used to hold and provide all translations

Note to Translators

Please use the meric.lang as a template. Do not change the format. Just translate lines after "=" equal sign and do not change variables format i.e:

*Text to translate: ERROR11="Package `$package' does not exist on aur."

*Translated text: ERROR11="`$package' paketi AUR üzerinde yok."

Send your translations (including your names and e-mails) to my e-mail adress shown below:


  • packer :
  • Some code, this, zsh-completion and bash-completion :