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FS#25028 - [pacman] Remove pacman-mirrorlist as dependency?

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by David J. Haines (dhaines) - Tuesday, 05 July 2011, 14:43 GMT
Last edited by Dan McGee (toofishes) - Tuesday, 05 July 2011, 16:54 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Core
Status Closed
Assigned To Dan McGee (toofishes)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


I was wondering whether it would be perhaps closer to KISS and/or more logically coherent not to have pacman-mirrorlist as a dependency of pacman. You don't actually need the mirrors to use pacman, and if you maintain a local mirror or build your own packages with ABS, /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist just gets in the way and/or becomes cruft.

The only difference that I can see in practice would be that the user ends up either installing pacman-mirrorlist manually or (as is probably better in any event) uses the mirrorlist updater ( to make his/her own.

As another positive: doing this would allow the user to (cleanly) uninstall the pacman-mirrorlist and not have it updating itself periodically, thus getting rid of the requirement of handling the .pacnew file assuredly created.
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Closed by  Dan McGee (toofishes)
Tuesday, 05 July 2011, 16:54 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Comment by Dan McGee (toofishes) - Tuesday, 05 July 2011, 16:52 GMT
As discussed on the pacman mailing list a bit, this is more of a hassle due to support issues than it is worth, as we aren't talking a heavyweight package here. Use a different filename than /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist if necessary, Include declarations work on any file.
Comment by Dan McGee (toofishes) - Tuesday, 05 July 2011, 16:54 GMT
I should add this- adding a script to the pacman-mirrorlist package ala reflector that updates from the mirrorlist update site would be a welcome addition, if you are interested in tackling that particular bit of this request. Ideally it would depend on [core] packages only, lending itself to being written in bash or perl.