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FS#27653 - Pacman - manual intervention flag

Attached to Project: Pacman
Opened by Lachlan (padfoot) - Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 06:10 GMT
Last edited by Jelle van der Waa (jelly) - Monday, 16 January 2012, 22:38 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Core
Status Researching
Assigned To No-one
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 3
Private No


Description: I would like to suggest a feature request for pacman.

Where a package would require manual intervention to install/upgrade (for example: the filesystem 2011.12-2 update), a flag is placed in the package so when an install/upgrade is requested by pacman, it can warn you of the required intervention by reporting a link to the news item on the Arch website.

For example:

# pacman -Syu
:: Synchronizing package databases...
core is up to date
extra is up to date
[ATTENTION] filesystem 2011.12-2 :

Or words to that effect.

I believe it would be simple to implement as the flag need only exist in a package where required, hence only the code to recognise such a flag and report it needs to be added to pacmam.

This would no doubt cut down on the number of useless packaging bug reports ( like I myself did a little earlier ) simply from not reading the news.

This task depends upon

Comment by Karol Błażewicz (karol) - Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 11:19 GMT
How about people just read the news or use pacmatic
Comment by Pablo Lezaeta (Jristz) - Sunday, 21 December 2014, 04:16 GMT
pacmatic is "unoficial" and this bug want this to become official.

I rater preffer something. like

[Warning] package $(packagename)-$(version that requiere intervention) requiere manual intervention.

and only display this if in the PKGBUILD there is a flag like

Intervention:"$(version that requiere intervention)"

This is more Arch unespecific, also encorage peoples to try look news/forum first before updating