[pacman-dev] Obscurity in pacman.conf.5 man page

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Fri Jul 5 20:59:27 UTC 2019

On 7/5/19 4:44 PM, Mario Blättermann wrote:
> Hello,
> I stumbled upon the following sentence in pacman.conf.5:
>     repo-add /home/pkgs/custom.db.tar.gz /home/pkgs/*.pkg.tar.gz
>       The above command will generate a compressed database named
>       /home/pkgs/custom.db.tar.gz. Note that the database must be of the form
>       defined in the configuration file and {ext} is a valid compression type
>       as documented in repo-add(8).
> Although the example database name has the static extension ».gz« (which is
> currently used in Archlinux' Pacman), the following explanation mentions
> {ext} as a variable for the file extension. If this targets to use cases of
> Pacman in other distributions which possibly use a different extension, then
> the man page should explain this more detailed.

It has nothing to do with other distributions. You can create a custom
repository for personal use using whichever extension you like, too. If
you truly wish to know how repo-add works, though, you should be reading
the repo-add.8 man page.

pacman.conf.5 merely mentions one example use and explicitly tells you
which other man page you need to read.

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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