list of package names, versions[, descriptions]

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at
Wed Oct 2 04:21:59 UTC 2019

On 10/1/19 5:33 PM, Greg Minshall wrote:
> Mark,
> thanks again.
>> You need information on *every* package? Not just the ones you use? Technically
>> in your script, you can query pacman for the foreign packages, then compare to
>> an RPC response (and info can take multiple packages, just check the wiki),
>> then take action on those specific packages. I don't see the need to have
>> information on every single PKGBUILD on the AUR.
> yes, my *desire* is to have info on all packages, so i can search
> locally (especially the descriptions) when wondering what might be
> available.  i don't know if that seems unreasonable, but it is what i
> was hoping to achieve.
> and, thanks for reminding me -- i did once know that "info" requests
> allow multiple packages.  there is some limit, though i don't remember
> what.  still, the number of separate RPCs would likely be in the
> thousands.

The limitations are described on the wiki page you were referred to:

(Also, it is "multiinfo", not "info" requests, that you use for multiple

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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