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'''Idea:''' Pacman should have hooks to perform common tasks. See [[User:Allan/Pacman_Hooks|here]] for a more detailed description.
Pacman should have hooks to perform common tasks. See [[User:Allan/Pacman_Hooks|here]] for a more detailed description.
'''Flyspray:''' [https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/2985 FS#2985]
'''Flyspray:''' [https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/2985 FS#2985]
'''Mailing List:''' http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-January/012313.html,
'''Mailing List:'''
* http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2010-July/011441.html (first of set of four)
* http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-January/012313.html
* http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2011-January/012335.html
'''Development branch:''' Not started
'''Development branch:'''
Not started
===Optdepend Handling===
===Optdepend Handling===

Revision as of 18:45, 12 May 2011

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 3.6.X

  • cURL as download library
  • Package Signing
  • Package/Transaction/File Hooks
  • Color output
  • sodepends
  • Parallel operations (mainly integrity checking and package loading)

New Feature Ideas

Package Signing

Idea: Package signing would make pacman transactions more secure. See Pacman package signing for a more detailed description, as well as Package Signing Proposal for Pacman.

Flyspray: FS#5331

Development branch: Allan's gpg branch contains some initial development. See here for a brief TODO list.


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.

Flyspray: FS#12708

Development branch: Not started


Idea: Allow for automatic generation of depends and provides based on library versions included/linked in a package.

Flyspray: (None)

Mailing List:

Development branch: http://git.server-speed.net/users/flo/pacman/?h=sodeps

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)

Mailing List: http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2010-November/012017.html, http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2010-November/012018.html

Development branch: Not started

libcurl as internal downloader

Idea: Provide libcurl based download routines for the internal downloader.

Flyspray: (None)

Development branch: falconindy@github

Parallel operations

Idea: Some things libalpm does are embarrassingly parallel, make it happen.

Flyspray: (None)

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

Future Release Plans

See flyspray roadmap