[arch-general] Why on 1st run does pacman -Qi take so long? (15 seconds waiting for Qi?)

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Sat Jun 2 11:05:05 UTC 2018

This is new, after the latest pacman update along with 4.6.13, when running

$ pacman -Qi somepackage

for the first time it takes 15 seconds for any response. E.g.,

$ time pmqi colord
Name            : colord
Version         : 1.4.3-1
Description     : System daemon for managing color devices
Architecture    : x86_64
URL             : https://www.freedesktop.org/software/colord
Licenses        : GPL2
Groups          : None
Provides        : None
Depends On      : lcms2  libgusb  polkit  sqlite  systemd  dconf  dbus
libgudev  shared-mime-info
Optional Deps   : argyllcms: color profiling
                  colord-sane: SANE support
Required By     : gtk3
Optional For    : cups
Conflicts With  : None
Replaces        : shared-color-profiles
Installed Size  : 6.60 MiB
Packager        : Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) <jan.steffens at gmail.com>
Build Date      : Sat 21 Apr 2018 02:58:03 PM CDT
Install Date    : Sun 22 Apr 2018 09:59:37 PM CDT
Install Reason  : Installed as a dependency for another package
Install Script  : No
Validated By    : Signature

real    0m15.083s
user    0m0.011s
sys     0m0.194s

That's 15 seconds waiting for something that wasn't there before?

Subsequent -Qi queries are against near instantaneous as they have always been.

Is there something new that causes some type of handshake or authentication
that takes time to establish on 1st call.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

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