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Reason: This article is written primarily in the first person (Discuss in Talk:Dotpac#)

dotpac helps you get rid of /{boot,etc}/*.pac* files

Contributed by Jaroslaw Swierczynski <>

I wrote this simple script to speed up dealing with .pacnew and .pacsave files in my /etc directory. I was tired of doing it manually almost every day (find, diff, vi, mv, rm, again and again) and it was easy to make a mistake.

Additionally, it may be even more helpful for newbies who do not know where these files came from as it explains why pacman creates them.

All you need to do is to run dotpac (sorry, I didn't have time to think up a better name) and go through a few dialogs. Don't worry, dotpac will not do anything without your explicit command. Also please note that it doesn't offer automagic merging *.pac* files with their working equivalents.

Opinions, suggestions, ideas, bug reports are welcome.