[arch-general] How do you extract version from pacman?

Oon-Ee Ng ngoonee.talk at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 05:19:45 EDT 2012

With the new virtualbox update I had to obtain virtualbox version in a
script (and of course, virtualbox binary doesn't have a sane --version

Anyway, its pretty simple to pacman -Qi virtualbox | grep -e
"^Version" | awk '{print $3}' | sed 's|-.||'

Perhaps it may be nice to have a pacman flag to obtain just the
version string. I'll file a feature request, but before that anyone
has an comments on why it would be useless or a bad idea?

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