User:Allan/Pacman Hooks - Version 1
Short Version: Pacman should have hooks to perform common tasks.
Long Version: Many packages have install files that perform a common task; e.g. adding/removing info files the info directory file, installing/uninstalling gconf schemas, updating the font/desktop/icon cache. It would be good if pacman was extendible through a hooks mechanism so that these could be handled automatically.
A hook would need
- Information on when the hooks should be run (see "Types of Hooks" below)
- A list of files or globs that trigger the running of the hook
- The actual hook script
Types of Hook
Hooks need to be able to cover a variety of tasks. The following types of hooks are a minimum necessary:
- Hooks run once per transaction (e.g. updating font cache). These would be run whenever a transaction touches a trigger file (both install and uninstall).
- Hooks that run for every matching file (e.g. updating the info directory). Separate versions would be needed for install and removal of the files.
Proposed Directory Layout
/etc/pacman.d/hooks.conf /hooks.d/info-install info-remove ttf
Example Config File
This is presented for comments. Many improvements are likely...
[info-install] Files = /usr/share/info/* Run = Install [info-remove] Files = /usr/share/info/* Run = PreRemove [ttf] Files = /usr/share/fonts/TTF/* Run = Transaction
Options that will be needed to cover the general range of tasks to be performed by hooks (may need to be more general...):
- Install - run on installation of a matching file
- PreRemove - run prior to removal of a matching file
- PostRemove - run after to removal of a matching file
- Transaction - run at end of transaction involving at least one matching file
Examples above provide usage cases for Install, PreRemove and Transaction.
Hook Script Notes
Hooks that are run once do not need to know what file triggered them but hooks that are run once per file will need to be passed the file name.