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

Morris lorimz at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 05:24:54 EDT 2012

On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM, Oon-Ee Ng <ngoonee.talk at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> parameter...).
> 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?

you could just use:
$ pacman -Q virtualbox | awk '{print $2}'

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