[pacman-dev] Is there an architectural document for pacman

Doug Newgard scimmia at archlinux.info
Sat Jan 14 00:32:03 UTC 2017

On Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:41:59 -0800
Wink Saville <wink at saville.com> wrote:

> Today pacman didn't behave the way I expected so I asked a question on
> the arch linux newbie list
> (https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1683611) and got the
> basic question answered. But the other question was a request for
> links to "understand how pacman works".
> I've done some searching and really didn't find what I was looking
> for, I'm a programmer so I'm looking for an "architectural document",
> is there such a thing? The README file in the sources doesn't go into
> much as detail as I was looking for, so is there anything more? Or
> maybe it just "Read the sources".
> -- Wink

The man pages cover the vast majority of it, including your question on the

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