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FS#65216 - {arch-install-scripts} pacstrap: Default behaviour in man page

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Richard Neumann (rne) - Monday, 20 January 2020, 10:07 GMT
Last edited by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Tuesday, 08 September 2020, 19:48 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Arch Projects
Status Closed
Assigned To Dave Reisner (falconindy)
Eli Schwartz (eschwartz)
Architecture All
Severity Very Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


man pacstrap states "If no packages are specified to be installed, the base group will be installed."
However the base group has been replaced by an eponymous meta package some time ago.
What's the current default behaviour? Installing the "base" meta package?

Steps to reproduce:
man pacstrap
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Closed by  Eli Schwartz (eschwartz)
Tuesday, 08 September 2020, 19:48 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing: cripts.git/commit/?id=193c61db3179e300e6 045968efd3942d68b3d158
Comment by freswa (frederik) - Monday, 20 January 2020, 14:22 GMT
Pacstrap only wraps pacman to use it in a empty chroot environment (no mirrorlist, no binaries exist).
In the end "pacstrap /mnt/root/ base" is doing nothing but executing "pacman -S base" in /mnt/root with some additional flags for the problems mentioned above.

Since the meta package and the group have the same name, pacstrap now installs the base package by default. The documentation should be updated though.
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 23:41 GMT
  • Field changed: Summary ([pacstrap] Default behaviour in man page → {arch-install-scripts} pacstrap: Default behaviour in man page)
  • Field changed: Status (Unconfirmed → Assigned)
  • Field changed: Category (Packages: Extra → Arch Projects)
  • Task assigned to Dave Reisner (falconindy), Eli Schwartz (eschwartz)
Yeah, base is just a name passed to pacman, but we could update the manpage for this.
Comment by Conrad Hoffmann (conrausch) - Tuesday, 08 September 2020, 19:27 GMT
I almost dare not send a patch a for this, but maybe someone would like to apply this and then I think this could be closed?