Install Packer another Pacman font-end for Arch and its derivatives

Packer

On a previous occasion I shared with you a tutorial on how to install Yaourt in our system, with which, we have access to a large number of packages maintained by the community, packages that we cannot find within the official Arch Linux repositories.

Well, this time I will share with you another package manager for Arch and its derivatives another Pacman front-end named Packer.

Packer just like Yaourt, It will help us to simplify the task of compiling the packages that we find in AUR, with which we forget to have to do it manually.

Within the features that we find in Packer are:

  • The ability to search for packages within Arch Linux and AUR repositories at the same time with a single command.
  • We can update all our packages with it.
  • Collect information from packages.
  • Install from both repositories without having problems with dependencies, since it solves them independently.

How to install Packer on Arch Linux and derivatives?

To install Packer in our distribution we must open a terminal and execute the following:

First we must have the necessary dependencies:

sudo pacman -S base-devel fakeroot jshon expac git wget

And we proceed to install it from AUR:

yaourt -S packer

And with that we already have Packer installed in our system.

How to use Packer?

If you want to know about how to use packer in your system, we can review all its options with the following command:

man packer

Finally, within what I consider the most common is the following:

packer [opciones] [paquetes]

Find a package

packer-Ss

Install a package

packer -S

Synchronize with repositories and install updates

packer -Syu

Show package information

packer -Si

Download and extract the AUR tarball without doing any installation

packer -G

Show packer help page

packer -h

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