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[[Category:Package Management]]
#REDIRECT[[Pacman Tips#Color output]]
{{i18n_entry|English|Colored Pacman output}}
{{i18n_entry|简体中文|让 Pacman 的输出带有色彩}}
== Colorizing the output of pacman ==
Now that makepkg has colorized output, why not pacman as well? [http://www.gentoo.org/ Gentoo]'s package manager application named 'emerge' uses colors extensively, and as you can see in this [http://www.gentoo-portage.com/Image/156 screenshot], it greatly enhances readability.
==== Scripts ====
User citral uses the following script in his .bashrc:
alias pacs="pacsearch"
pacsearch () {
        echo -e "$(pacman -Ss $@ | sed \
        -e 's#current/.*#\\033[1;31m&\\033[0;37m#g' \
        -e 's#extra/.*#\\033[0;32m&\\033[0;37m#g' \
        -e 's#community/.*#\\033[1;35m&\\033[0;37m#g' \
        -e 's#^.*/.* [0-9].*#\\033[0;36m&\\033[0;37m#g' )"
Which is the cleanest solution. However, if you desire a system-wide script, do '''as root''':
  touch /usr/bin/pacs && chmod 755 /usr/bin/pacs
and then paste this into /usr/bin/pacs as root:
  echo -e "$(pacman -Ss $@ | sed \
  -e 's#current/.*#\\033[1;31m&\\033[0;37m#g' \
  -e 's#extra/.*#\\033[0;32m&\\033[0;37m#g' \
  -e 's#community/.*#\\033[1;35m&\\033[0;37m#g' \
  -e 's#^.*/.* [0-9].*#\\033[0;36m&\\033[0;37m#g' )"
You can substitute "pacs" in these lines for anything you like. You can also alias "pacs" to something else in your .bashrc, as done above.
Using these commands is straightforward; simply use your new command instead of 'pacman', the rest is still the same!
==== Alternatives ====
qpkg in AUR also uses colored output and searches AUR and TURepositories too!
==== Using 'acoc' ====
There is another, more general possibility of colorizing arbitrary command output.
You can download the small [http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/ Ruby] tool [http://raa.ruby-lang.org/project/acoc/ acoc] (and its requirements, [http://raa.ruby-lang.org/project/ansicolor/ term-ansicolor] and [http://raa.ruby-lang.org/cache/ruby-tpty/ tpty]. ).
tpty is not really required, but some applications like "ls" won't run with acoc otherwise (they need to be started from a terminal (or pseudo terminal, in this case), or else they behave differently).
Installation is relatively straightforward, here's a quick walkthrough:
$ tar xvzf tpty-0.0.1.tar.gz
$ cd tpty-0.0.1
$ ruby extconf.rb
$ make
$ ruby ./test.rb
# make install
$ tar xvzf term-ansicolor-1.0.1.tar.gz
$ cd term-ansicolor-1.0.1
# ruby install.rb
And now acoc itself:
$ tar xvzf acoc-0.7.1.tar.gz
$ cd acoc-0.7.1
# make install
Now, just read the section "Advanced Installation" in acoc's INSTALL file, and configure acoc as you want to.
Create a link for 'pacman' as well, since that's primarily what we're doing this for.
Once acoc runs, you can add these lines to your acoc.conf:
[pacman -Si]
/^Name\s+:\s([\w.-]+)/                              bold
[pacman -Qi]
/^Name\s+:\s([\w.-]+)/                              bold
[pacman -Qi$]
/^([\w.-]+)\s([\w.-]+)/                bold,clear
[pacman -Ss]
/^([\w.-]+)\/([\w.-]+)\s+([\w.-]+)/    clear,bold,clear
[pacman -Qs]
/^([\w.-]+)\/([\w.-]+)\s+([\w.-]+)/    clear,bold,clear
[pacman -Sl]
/^([\w.-]+)\s([\w.-]+)\s([\w.-]+)/              clear,bold,clear
[pacman -Qo]
/^([\w.-\/]+)\sis\sowned\sby\s([\w.-]+)\s([\w.-]+)/    clear,bold,clear
[pacman -Qe$]
/^([\w.-]+)\s([\w.-]+)/                bold,clear
[pacman -Qg$]
/^([\w.-]+)\s([\w.-]+)/                clear,bold
It might not be perfect, or particularly nice, but so far it works fine for me.
The above lines just make pacman print all package names in bold, which is particularly helpful when doing e.g. "pacman -Ss xfce". If you like it more colorful, you can modify the lines as you want.
Read the acoc documentation contained in the source package for more information.
==== Links ====
[http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=12430&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15 Forum thread]

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