[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Added better colourisation support for the "-{Q, S}i" operation.

Xavion xavion.0 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 04:29:11 UTC 2016

> You seem to think that more color is so obviously better than less
> color that you don't need to justify its inclusion.  It's not.  If you
> really want all this color in pacman's output you need to start giving
> us reasons beyond just "I want it" or "I find it more readable".
> I believe Allan and I are in total agreement here:  color is most
> effective when used sparingly to emphasize particular important
> information and we have no interest in tailoring pacman to a single
> person's subjective taste.  We have already heard from one user who
> wants *less* color; you need to give us a reason why your desire for
> more color makes more sense than their desire for less.

The only reason I should need to give is that I want to make the colouring
of "-{Q,S}i" consistent with the rest of the 'pacman' output.  This means
magenta for repository, bold for name, green for version, and blue for

Nonetheless, I have provided other justifications as well (even if you and
Allan somehow missed them).  Maybe you don't have time to go looking for
them now, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're nonexistent.

I still don't understand why you would scan -[QS]s output for version
> numbers.  You said that you do this when you want to know if your
> installed version is the latest, but surely you need to locate the
> correct package by name or description first.  Or, in the case of -Ss
> output, you might scan for the "[installed]" tag.

Actually, I didn't say that; you should go back and read what I wrote
again.  You're getting the two examples I provided around the wrong way.

I really don't see what all the fuss is about here.  It seems that some
people are trying desperately to oppose my opinions for the sake of it.
I'm just trying to make things consistent; it's as simple as that.

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