User:Allan/Pacman OptDepends

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The Idea

Currently optdepends in pacman serve no purpose other than informational. It would be good to "improve" this somewhat.

How to improve?

example package with optdepends

> pacman -S python
Optional dependencies for python
    tk: for IDLE, pynche and modulator
> pacman -Qi python
Optional Deps : tk: for IDLE, pynche and modulator

pacman recognises installed optdepends

> pacman -S --asdep tk
> pacman -Qi python
Optional Deps : tk: for IDLE, pynche and modulator [installed]

optdepends are not orphans unless a flag is specified

> pacman -Qtd
> pacman -Qtd --optdep
tk 8.5.6-1 (optdepend for python)

optdepends can be removed with -Rs

> pacman -Rs python
Remove (2): python-2.6.1-1  tk-8.5.6-1

information about optdepends is not output if an optdepends package is installed

> pacman -S tk
> pacman -S python
(no optional dependencies notification output)

Other Ideas

  • A flag/configuration option to install a packages optdepends by default
  • Add option to tell pacman if you want it to ask you about installing each single optdepend