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.
- 1 Potential Release Schedule
- 2 New Feature Ideas
- 3 Future Release Plans
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.
- Improved optdepend handling
- Pacsave non-overwriting file renames
- 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.
Idea: Verify the integrity of files from installed packages
Development branch: https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=mtree
Status: Stalled waiting of fix of http://code.google.com/p/libarchive/issues/detail?id=264
Idea: Pacman should have hooks to perform common tasks. See here for a more detailed description.
- https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2010-July/011441.html (first of set of four)
Development branch: Not started
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)
Development branch: https://github.com/moben/pacman/tree/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)
Development branch: https://projects.archlinux.org/users/allan/pacman.git/log/?h=vcs
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.
Pacsave numbered backups
Idea: If .pacsave already exists, move to .1, etc.
Iterator interface for databases
Idea: Provide an iterator interface for databases, especially those with 'files' entries, to keep memory usage in check.
Future Release Plans
See flyspray roadmap