[pacman-dev] when upgrading display versions

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Thu Jan 20 12:39:18 EST 2011

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM, Divan Santana <Divan at s-tainment.co.za> wrote:
> Hi Pacman Devs,
> Hope this is the correct place to ask such a question...
> I'm new to Arch Linux and loving the Arch so far.
> I'm impressed and pleasantly surprised by pacman as a package management
> system.
> One thing that would be nice, and I think it's in line with The Arch Way
> (openness perhaps ;) is when updating to display(or be able to display) the
> versions of the packages being upgraded. I know one sees the new version being
> installed but not the currently installed version so one can quickly compare
> before proceeding/deciding to upgrade.
> I know one can easily achieve this with queries and small scripts(such as
> below) but it would really be quite nice to pass a pacman parameter and be
> able to see the output. I think it's quite important as Arch being a rolling
> distro sometimes you get major updates of packages and it would be nice to see
> straight away which are major updates and which are minor.
> Script to do this I use is: for package in `pacman -Qu | awk {'print $1'}`; do
> echo "`pacman -Q $package` to `pacman -Si $package | grep Version | awk
> {'print $NF'}`"; done
> Other package management programs + arguments that do this is:
> zypper -v up
> apt-get dist-upgrade -V
> Anyway it's a minor thing perhaps the best is to log a feature request at
> https://bugs.archlinux.org ? Better(and also in line with the Arch Way) would
> be contribute the code and not request it but unfortunately I can't help with
> that since I know so little programming.
You mean like this? https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/15772


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