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submitted 1 month ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

How do non explicitly installed package dependencies get updated in Arch? Do they update independently of the package that is dependent on them, or do they get updated when the parent package updates? Or is it some secret third thing?

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[-] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

In my experience, it's idependently unless updating breaks a version dependency on another package. In that case pacman won't update anything until the issue is resolved. I think I've only ever had this happen with AUR packages.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

Are you talking about package dependencies that were pulled in after compiling a package from AUR ? As far as I know (I'm not much of an AUR user, except when I quickly want to test some software. Please correct me if I'm wrong) if you normally would run sudo pacman -Syu you can instead of that run sudo yay -Syu (or other AUR helpers that support this) which would update both Arch packages and these from AUR.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

Every package gets updated, when there is an update for it. Dependencies don't matter for that.

Only if a package depends on a specific version of another package, is there a difference. When the dependency would get updated to a version that doesn't satisfy the version requirement. Then an error gets thrown and nothing gets updated.

But the package maintainers for the official repos don't really let that happen. It's more of a problem with aur packages.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

Adding to this: individual package updates are not supported. Always update your whole system, unless you know what you are doing.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

Thank you! Everything I wanted to know, and little bit extra :)

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