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* Makepkg VCS packaging overhaul
* Makepkg VCS packaging overhaul
* Improved optdepend handling  (informational only)
* Package Verification
* Improved optdepend handling  (informational only)
* Pacsave non-overwriting file renames
* Pacsave non-overwriting file renames
* Package Signing - Polishing
* Package Signing - Polishing
* Package Verification
Maybes (likely delayed until 4.2...):
Maybes (likely delayed until 4.2...):

Revision as of 11:12, 3 January 2013

This page does not provide a traditional roadmap. Pacman releases are generally made after a major feature has been added and these get added in the order that patches are contributed.

Instead, this page provides a brief overview of major features being discussed for future inclusion in pacman. This does not represent a complete list of all areas of pacman development (or even areas currently being developed...). All discussion about pacman development should take place on the pacman-dev mailing list.

Potential Release Schedule

This is not a for sure list by any means. This is simply to keep the main development team focused on a given release and what needs to be polished before we can push a major version out the door.

Pacman 4.1


  • Makepkg VCS packaging overhaul
  • Improved optdepend handling (informational only)
  • Package Verification


  • Pacsave non-overwriting file renames
  • Package Signing - Polishing

Maybes (likely delayed until 4.2...):

  • Color output
  • Parallel operations (mainly integrity checking and package loading)
  • Package/Transaction/File Hooks

New Feature Ideas

Package Signing - Polishing

Idea: Tidy up our current implementation of package signing.

Flyspray: FS#28014, FS#26729

Mailing list: https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2012-February/015155.html

Development branch: https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=working-split/check_keyring (and some on https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=working-split/misc)

Package Verification

Idea: Verify the integrity of files from installed packages

Flyspray FS#11091

Development branch: https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=working-split/mtree


Idea: Pacman should have hooks to perform common tasks. See here for a more detailed description.

Flyspray: FS#2985

Mailing List:

Development branch: Not started

Optdepend Handling

Idea: Currently optdepends in pacman serve no purpose other than informational. It would be useful if these could be handled in a similar fashion to regular dependencies for many operations. See here for a more detailed description of what is currently being implemented.

Flyspray: FS#12708 (and others)

Mailing List: https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-August/013961.html

Development branch: https://github.com/moben/pacman/tree/optdep

Development branch: https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=working-split/optdep

Makepkg VCS packaging overhaul

Idea: The current handling of SCM PKGBUILDs in makepkg is a mess and needs many improvements. See here for a more detailed description.

Flyspray: (many - see above link)

Status: in git master

Parallel operations

Idea: Some things libalpm does are embarrassingly parallel, make it happen. Also, simply allow the library to be used in multithreaded environments even if we do not do parallel stuff on our own- namely DB loading stuff needs to be protected.

Flyspray: (None)

Mailing List: https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-February/012466.html, https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-February/012508.html

Pacsave numbered backups

Idea: If .pacsave already exists, move to .1, etc.

Flyspray: FS#24192

Mailing List: https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-August/013981.html

Development Branch: https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=working-split/pacsave

Iterator interface for databases

Idea: Provide an iterator interface for databases, especially those with 'files' entries, to keep memory usage in check.

Mailing List: https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-July/013816.html

Future Release Plans

See flyspray roadmap