[pacman-dev] pacman -D --notes="project bar" asar

Daan van Rossum d.r.vanrossum at gmx.de
Thu Nov 14 17:41:10 UTC 2019

Dear pacman devs,

I occasionally miss something like an "Install Notes" field in the pacman database (a variant of "Install Reason") for the installer to leave arbitrary notes that help understand/remember why certain packages exist on a system.

Systems managed by pacman do not need reinstalls or OS upgrades that start from scratch.  So packages that are installed for a particular reason can get carried along for a long time.

A "Notes" field could be particularly useful for multi-user machines.

The info could be provided at install time (and be passed on to any dependencies that get pulled in)
# pacman -S asar --notes="project bar"

or at a later point:
# pacman -D asar --notes="project bar"

and be visible as package property:
# pacman -Qi asar
Download Size   : 95.72 KiB
Installed Size  : 457.00 KiB
Install Notes   : "project foo" "project bar"
Packager        : ...

It's just another idea.  I'll like pacman with or without this feature :)

Best, Daan
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