[pacman-dev] pacman-disowned

Jeremy Heiner scalaprotractor at gmail.com
Sun Sep 29 20:53:34 EDT 2013

Hi, Allan,

You correctly surmised the purpose of the script. Sorry for not being
more explicit about that. I agree that a package manager bears no
responsibility for files it does not track. But I also think it is
very helpful to be able to easily tell exactly which files are being
dealt with by the package manager and which files got onto the system
by other means. And the package manager is the only thing that is able
to provide that information.

What I'm thinking of is an enhanced "-Qkk". It would provide the same
info (in a more compact form) for managed files, but it would also let
you know about any unmanaged files it finds within the directories it
is responsible for. Does that make a little more sense?


On Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On 30/09/13 02:53, Jeremy Heiner wrote:
>> Greetings, everyone! My name is Jeremy. Pleased to make your acquaintance.
>> The "Pacman Tips" wiki page provides a pacman-disowned shell script
>> and suggests running it periodically. I completely agree: I have found
>> it both helpful and educational.
> You do realize that you have not described what pacman-disowned is and
> that it is not a part of the pacman project? But based on what was
> below, I guess it finds files that are not tracked by pacman?
> If that is the case, I would be happy for it to go into contrib/, but I
> don't see this as a future feature for pacman.  Unless someone can
> convince me that a package manager should deal with files it does not
> track.
> Allan

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