[pacman-dev] apt-get style information for users in pacman

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Thu Nov 12 01:31:25 EST 2009

Dan McGee wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 10:32 PM, Bhargav Prasanna
> <bhargavprasanna at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Lets say you are downloading a package with x dependencies. i.e. x+1
>> packages in all:
>> Pacman tells you that you have x+1 targets. But if x+1 is a large
>> number, which is usually the case when the system is being set up or
>> updated, the user loses track of the number of packages that have been
>> downloaded and the number remaining a short while after the downloads
>> commence.
>> Debian's apt-get has a really good feature. If the nth package
>> (n<=x+1) is being downloaded, you'll see that in every line: "[n/x+1]"
>> which tells you how many you've downloaded and how many you are yet to
>> is present. This will help the user keep track. =)
>> If someone can guide me here, I guess we can add this feature to pacman
> You might find TotalDownload a lot more useful, as # of packages when
> downloading is a lot less useful than overall download progress. man
> pacman.conf

An an FYI, there is a really old bug report requesting this: 


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