Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:19 UTC
Linux "Many Linux distributions have taken the path of easy GUI-based installation, in order to appeal to a broader mix of users. But not Arch Linux, which emphasises simplicity of technical complexity over general usability. Richard Hillesley explains."
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UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Uhm, if you read the man page, you'll note there are long options like --sync --refresh and --sysupgrade.

When in doubt, use the man page!

I read various articles on the distro and IIRC even the Arch manual/wiki, with no luck, and I don't remember seeing anything about long options. If I do try the distro again in the future though, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks.

Edited 2011-09-18 05:54 UTC

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

man pacman or pacman --help will tell you what you are wanting to know, and that follows for any program on a Unix-like operating system.

By the way pacman -Syu translates into Sync, yes, and update.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Yeah, I just kind of assumed that for a distro whose users seem to prize its manual in a way similar to Gentoo, that reading the wiki and online manual would be enough. I was just kind of assuming that these manuals would give me all I needed to know--I wasn't really expecting to need to use the man pages for the basics of a critical part of the system (package management) when Arch's online instructions are so widely acclaimed. I plan on trying Arch again in a virtual machine sometime and I'll see if I can get farther this time.

Edited 2011-09-19 05:42 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


By the way pacman -Syu translates into Sync, yes, and update.

Actually it's: sync, refresh and update. ;)

Edited 2011-09-19 07:28 UTC

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