Now that I can jump between distros on the command-line in a breath using Distrobox, it’s amazing to see how fast pacman (Arch) is compared to dnf (Fedora) and apt (Debianish).

Of course, if you’re a human being – not a robot – make sure you alias the most common two commands to something human.

e.g., in Fish shell:

abbr --add --global pacman-install 'sudo pacman -S'
abbr --add --global pacman-search 'pacman -Ss'

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(OK, that’s an abbreviation, not an alias, I know. I user abbreviations mostly in fish as I don’t want to forget the original command, I just don’t want to have to remember and/or type it in if it’s counterintuitive and/or not ergonomic.)

@aral prefer the flags myself, but don’t forget

abbr --add --global pacman-update 'pacman -Syu'

And also don’t forget all the other flags you have access to, pacman is amazing powerful.

@paul Yeah, I just wish they hadn’t optimised the interface for the wrong thing :)

@aral yay is good for you… helps for aur and for regular pkg mgmt

@aral It is fast, but I think people exaggerate a little bit on the slowness of dnf, for me it's perfectly fine (I use zypper also not known for it's speed). The fastest package manager I came across however is xbps (void), the thing puts pacman to shame

@aral i prefer just ‘sudo pacman‘ as ‘pac‘ then flags are fine with me.

@aral Always great advice, and bonus points for using fish shell.


I got to used to paru program which can also work with AUR and for update you just type paru and hit enter

I am using this bin version

@aral And dnf is the high performance replacement for yum, so imagine how slow yum was, if you were lucky enough never to experience it.

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