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Introduction This page pulls heavily from It has been simplified and has added Arch to the comparison, as well as modified the order in which each distribution exists for the benefit of arch users.

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Install package Install a package(s) by name pacman -S rug install apt-get install smart install yum install zypper install
Remove package Remove a package(s) by name pacman -R erase apt-get remove smart remove yum remove|erase zypper remove
Search package (Fulltext) Search for package(s) by searching the expression in name, description, short description. What exact fields are being searched by default varies in each tool. Mostly options bring tools on par. pacman -Ss rug search apt-cache search smart search yum search zypper search
Update Packages Install packages which have an older version already installed pacman -U rug update apt-get upgrade smart upgrade yum update zypper update
Upgrade Packages Another form of the update command, which can perform more complex updates -- like distribution upgrades. When the usual update command will omit package updates, which include changes in dependencies, this command can perform those updates. pacman -Syu apt-get dist-upgrade yum upgrade zypper dup
Reinstall given Package Will reinstall the given package without dependency hassle. pacman -S apt-get --reinstall \\ install smart reinstall zypper install --force
Install local package Installs local package file, e.g. app.rpm and uses the installation sources to resolve dependencies pacman -U yum localinstall n/a
Update with local package Updates package(s) with local packages and uses the installation sources to resolve dependencies pacman -U yum localupdate n/a
Fix broken dependencies Use some magic to fix broken dependencies in a system hoban: at which level I never had broken deps in arch. hoban: pacman dependency level, or shared lib level? shining: either I suppose hoban: pacman dep level is testdb hoban: shared lib level is findbrokenpkgs or lddd shining: thanks! apt-get --fix-broken smart fix rug* solvedeps n/a
Download the given package Only downloads the given package(s) without unpacking or installing them pacman -Sw apt-get --download-only smart download n/a
Remove unneeded dependencies Remove dependencies that are no longer needed, because e.g. the package which needed the dependencies was removed. pacman -Qdt ?(test some more) apt-get autoremove n/a
Fetch source package Downloads the corresponding source package(s) to the given package name(s) srcpac -Sw ? (third-party. Is there something better?) apt-get source zypper source-install
Satisfy build-dependencies Install/Remove packages to satisfy buid-dependencies. Uses information in the source package. done bye PKGBUILD when building from AUR apt-get build-dep zypper si -d
Add package lock Add a package lock rule to keep its current state from being changed IgnorePkg = in /etc/pacman.conf rug* lock-add smart flag --set lock apt (through pinning and priorities -- complex!) n/a
Delete package lock Delete a package lock rule remove package from IgnorePkg line in /etc/pacman.conf rug* lock-delete smart flag --remove lock apt (through pinning and priorities -- complex!) n/a
List all package lock rules Show a listing of all lock rules view IgnorePkg line in /etc/pacman.conf rug* lock-list smart flag --show lock /etc/apt/preferences n/a
Add a checkpoint Add a checkpoint to the package system for later rollback rug* checkpoint-add n/a
Remove a checkpoint Remove a checkpoint from the system rug* checkpoint-remove n/a
List all checkpoints Provides a list of all system checkpoints rug* checkpoints n/a
Rollback packages Rolls entire packages back to a certain date or checkpoint. rug* rollback n/a
Package information management
Get a dump of the whole system information Prints, Saves or similar the current state of the package management system. Preferred output is text or XML. One version of rug dumps information as a sqlite database. (Note: Why either-or here? No tool offers the option to choose the output format.) rug dump apt-cache stats smart stats n/a
Show full info for package(s) Show all or most information about a package. The tools\' verbosity for the default command vary. But with options, the tools are on par with each other. rug info apt-cache showpkg apt-cache show smart info yum list or info zypper info
Search package (Fulltext) Search for package(s) by searching the expression in name, description, short description. What exact fields are being searched by default varies in each tool. Mostly options bring tools on par. rug search apt-cache search smart search yum search zypper search
Show available updates Lists packages which have an update available. Note: Some provide special commands to limit the output to certain installation sources, others use options. rug list-updates rug summary apt-get upgrade -> n yum list updates yum check-update zypper list-updates zypper patch-check (just for patches)
Show all available packages Display a list of all packages in all installation sources that are handled by the packages management. Some tools provide options or additional commands to limit the output to a specific installation source. rug packages apt-cache dumpavail apt-cache dump (Cache only) apt-cache pkgnames IN PROGRESS
Show package(s) which provide X Displays packages which provide the given exp. aka reverse provides. Mainly a shortcut to search a specific field. Other tools might offer this functionality through the search command. pacman -Qo grep) yum whatprovides yum provides IN PROGRESS
Show package(s) which require X Display packages which require X to be installed, aka show reverse dependencies. rug\'s what-requires can operate on more than just package names. rug what-requires apt-cache rdepends yum resolvedep IN PROGRESS
Show conflicts of package X Display packages which conflict with given expression (often package). Search can be used as well to mimic this function. rug\'s what-conflicts function operates on more than just package names rug info-conflicts rug what-conflicts smart check IN PROGRESS
List package\'s requirements List all packages which are required for the given package, aka show dependencies. rug info-requirements apt-cache depends yum deplist IN PROGRESS
List package\'s provides List what the current package provides rug info-provides yum provides IN PROGRESS
List files within package List the files that the package holds. Again, this functionality can be mimicked by other more complex commands. rug* file-list yum provides IN PROGRESS
Get package which contains file Search all packages to find the one which holds the specified file. auto-apt is using this functionality. rug* package-file rug what-provides apt-file yum provides yum whatprovides IN PROGRESS
List all obsoletes of package Display all packages that the specified packages obsoletes. grep IN PROGRESS
Verify system dependencies Verify dependencies of the complete system. Used if installation process was forcefully killed. rug verify rug* dangling-requires apt-get check ? apt-cache unmet smart check yum deplist n/a
List installed packages Generates a list of installed packages apt-cache --installed yum list installed n/a
List installed local packages List packages that are installed but are not available in any installation source (anymore). yum list extras n/a
List recently added packages List packages that were recently added to one of the installation sources, i.e. which are new to it. Note: Synaptic has this functionality, however apt doesn\'t seem to be the provider. yum list recent n/a
Search log history Show a log of actions taken by the software management. rug history n/a
Clean the local caches Clean up all local caches. Options might limit what is actually cleaned. Autoclean removes only unneeded, obsolete information. apt-cache clean apt-cache autoclean smart clean yum clean n/a
Add package to package cache Add a local package to the local package cache mostly for debugging purposes. apt-cache add n/a
Display source package Display the source package to the given package name(s) apt-cache showsrc n/a
Generate dotty output Generates an output suitable for processing with dotty for the given package(s). apt-cache dotty n/a
Set priority of given package Set the priority of the given package to avoid upgrade, force downgrade or to overwrite any default behavior. Can also be used to prefer a package version from a certain installation source. /etc/apt/preferences smart priority --set n/a
Remove priority Remove a previously set priority /etc/apt/preferences smart priority --remove n/a
Show all priorities Show a list of set priorities. apt-cache policy /etc/apt/preferences smart priority --show n/a
Ignore priority problems Ignores problems that priorities may trigger. smart priority --force n/a
Installation sources management
Add an installation source Add an installation source to the system. Some tools provide additional commands for certain sources, others allow all types of source URI for the add command. Again others, like apt and yum force editing a sources list. apt-cdrom is a special command, which offers special options design for CDs/DVDs as source. rug service-add rug mount /local/dir apt-cdrom add smart channel --add zypper service-add
Refresh installation source(s) Refresh the information about the specified installation source(s) or all installation sources. rug refresh apt-get update smart update yum check-update zypper refresh
List all installation sources Prints a list of all installation sources including important information like URI, alias etc. rug service-list smart channel --show zypper service-list
Remove an installation source Removes an installation source from the list forever rug service-delete rug* unmount /local/dir smart channel --remove zypper service-delete
Remove all installation sources Delete all known installation sources smart channel --remove-all n/a
Modify an installation source Modify the information of a channel by specifying key-value pairs smart channel --set n/a
Edit installation source information Modify channel information with the editor specified by $editor.Kind of default behavior of apt and yum. smart channel --edit n/a
Disable an installation source Disables a source for any actions without removing it from the list of installation sources smart channel --disable zypper modifyrepo --disable
Enable installation source Enables a previously disabled installation source smart channel --enable zypper modifyrepo --enable
Rename an installation source Changes the alias for the specified installation source smart channel --set zypper service-rename
Show mirrors Show current mirrors for the given master URL/installation source rug mirrors smart mirror --show n/a
Add mirror Add a mirror to given origin URL smart mirror --add n/a
Remove mirror Remove a mirror of given origin URL smart mirror --remove n/a
Remove all mirrors Remove all mirrors of given origin URL smart mirror --remove-all n/a
Synchronize mirrors from file Take mirrors from a given file smart mirror --sync=FILE n/a
Edit mirrors Edit mirror information with your $editor smart mirror --edit n/a
Clear mirror history Clears penality data for given origin/mirror smart mirror --clear-history n/a
Show current penalities Show the current penalities1 for given origin/mirror 1Misspelled IMHO, but anyways that\'s how smart implements it smart mirror --show-penalities n/a
Register an installation source Register a premium installation source rug* register ?
List types of installation sources List all available types of installation sources rug* service-types ?
SUSE specific commands
Check for patches Check if new packages are available n/a zypper patch-check
Install patches Install the specified patches rug install -t patch rug patch-install zypper install -t patch
Show patches Display patches (in a given source) rug patches rug patch-list zypper patches
Show information of patch Show detailed information for the given patch rug patch-info zypper patch-info
Search for patch Search for patches matching a pattern rug* patch-search IN PROGRESS
Show patterns Show the patterns in a given source rug* patterns IN PROGRESS
Show pattern information Show detailed information about a pattern rug* pattern-info IN PROGRESS
Install/Remove patterns Actions on patterns are engaged with the same command as the package installation/removal rug* install -t pattern rug* remove -t pattern zypper install -t pattern zypper remove -t pattern
Show products Show all products in a given source rug* products IN PROGRESS
Show product information Show detailed information about a product rug* product-info IN PROGRESS
Install/Remove product Actions on product are engaged with the same command as the package installation/removal rug* install -t product rug* remove -t product zypper install -t product zypper remove -t product
Other commands
Start a shell Start a shell to enter multiple commands in one session yum shell zypper shell
rpm -V (deb-sums)
rpm -Va (deb-sums)
pacman -Q rpm -Q
pacman -Qi rpm -Qi
pacman -Ql rpm -Ql
cut -d/ -f2) ? Nasty hack...this functionality will be built into pkgfile soon (also, check out -o or –owns instead of pkgfile for locally installed files) rpm -Qf
pacman -Qp rpm -Qp