[arch-general] pacman optional package messages on update

mike cloaked mike.cloaked at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 15:00:28 EST 2012

Recently there have been some (slightly) confusing output lines running
pacman -Syu.

This evening I see:

New optional dependencies for logrotate
    cron: scheduled log rotation

[root at lapmike3 ~]# pacman -Q cron
error: package 'cron' was not found

But of course:
[root at lapmike3 ~]# pacman -Q cronie
cronie 1.4.8-3

So presumably I do not need to try to pacman -S cron !!

Similarly the other day there was an optional dependency of python3 when in
fact presumably the package name is "python" but happens to be version 3?
(which for me was already installed)

Just a point for clarification - especially for new users who may be a bit
confused by the output and take inappropriate action as a result!

mike c

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