[arch-general] Is it possible to download only one single update from community-testing?

Peter Nabbefeld peter.nabbefeld at gmx.de
Sat Sep 4 08:36:37 UTC 2021

Am 03.09.21 um 12:33 schrieb Konstantin Gizdov via arch-general:
> On 03/09/2021 13:22, Björn Fries via arch-general wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On 9/3/21 12:15 PM, Peter Nabbefeld via arch-general wrote:
>>> Is it possible to download this single package,
>>> without downloading full repository index and probably even updating
>>> everything to community-update?
>> manually download package from mirror, install with
>> pacman -U filename.pkg.tar.zst
> Your mileage may vary, but you could add [community-testing] to
> /etc/pacman.conf but at the bottom of the file. Or at least below
> [community]. Then you can install things with
> `pacman -S community-testing/${pkgname}`.
> However, this and your general idea are not great advice and will put
> your system in an unsupported state. Meaning, what you want to do is
> equivalent to a partial upgrade (like pacman -Sy & pacman -S something)
> and if you have issues later, Arch Linux support options will probably
> just refuse to help you. Hence, why it's called an unsupported state.
Thank You for Your advice. The purpose of downloading a package has been
only for this time, just to download patchelf-0.13 for testing some
other package with the maintainer, so in this special case I had to
download a package which should not have many dependencies and as such
should not break my installation. However, if I'll get problems, I know
I have to downgrade patchelf.

Kind regards,

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