[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Don't ask for install confirmation if no dependencies

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 20:33:16 EST 2007

On Dec 28, 2007 7:16 PM, Scott Horowitz <stonecrest at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Dec 28, 2007 2:19 PM,  <mmiikkee13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This is a patch to make Pacman only ask for confirmation if anything
> > different from what the user requested (i.e. dependencies) is going to
> > be installed. Since the user took the time to type out "pacman -Sy
> > foo", they obviously did want foo installed, and it really wouldn't
> > make sense to ask them this again unless something else will be
> > installed.
> I like this. It's akin to the fact that pacman -R foo doesn't prompt you.
> (How crazy is that? Removing a package doesn't prompt you but
> installing a package does.)

-R never resolves dependencies.
-A/-U never resolve dependencies.
-S *does* resolve dependencies. Thus the difference.

I like the idea, although I may disagree that people expect it to be
installed immediately instead of getting confirmation. Did you test
this in the replaces case? Something like pkgA replaces pkgB, you have
pkgB installed, and you run 'pacman -S pkgA'. I'd be caught awfully
off guard if pacman just went ahead in this case, but the target list
wouldn't grow so I'm guessing your patch would have unintended
consequences here.

Thoughts from the rest of the crew?


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