[pacman-dev] [PATCH 1/2] Restore ability for $PACMAN to include arguments and document it

Martin Panter vadmium+patch at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 00:23:12 EDT 2012

On 3 November 2012 01:56, Dave Reisner <d at falconindy.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 07:02:59AM +0000, Martin Panter wrote:
>> Unmangled version: https://github.com/vadmium/pacman-arch/commit/70b1327.patch
>> From 70b1327c0443818d163e10b649ba882a4fd5a0f3 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
>> From: Martin Panter <vadmium à gmail·com>
>> Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 03:05:42 +0000
>> Subject: [PATCH] Restore ability for $PACMAN to include arguments and
>>  document it
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>> Judging by the “${PACMAN%% *}” incantation from revision 66c6d28 (makepkg:
>> allow to specify an alternative pacman command), it looks like this was
>> consciously intended.
> 66c6d28 is a 3 year old patch, and I strongly disagree with what it
> does. Other common environment variables like EDITOR do not allow
> options to be part of the binary name, and I think we should stick to
> that.
>> Currently, including arguments in $PACMAN means the --syncdeps operation may
>> be attempted, but each Pacman invocation will probably fail. However in other
>> cases the operation would be skipped if $PACMAN cannot be found. Looks like
>> this inconsistency comes from revision 622326b (makepkg: fix sudo/su calling
>> of pacman).
> This is a two year old patch which isn't really much better given that
> it relies on eval (a common misspelling of evil). The current behavior
> using an array is what I consider to be correct and proper (and safe)
> bash.
> If you'd like the ability to extend PACMAN and invoke it with arguments,
> I suggest exposing the currentlly internal PACMAN_OPTS in a sane way.

I don’t have any need for custom arguments. Would it be better to
remove the code that strips off the arguments and make it so that
$PACMAN is clearly a command name only?

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