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xbps-alternativesXBPS utility to handle alternatives

xbps-alternatives [OPTIONS] MODE

The xbps-alternatives utility lists or sets the alternatives provided by installed packages. Alternatives are classified by groups, and a group contains a number of symbolic links which are applied when the group is set.

When a package is installed its alternative groups are registered in the package database (pkgdb).

When a package is removed its alternative groups are unregistered from the package database (pkgdb). If there are no more alternative groups, the package database removes the references. If there were alternative groups registered previously, the previous package is set as default provider.

--config dir
Specifies a path to the XBPS configuration directory. If the first character is not '/' then it's a relative path of rootdir.
Enables extra debugging shown to stderr.
Alternative group name to match. To be used with the set mode.
Show the help message.
--rootdir dir
Specifies a full path for the target root directory.
Enables verbose messages.
Show the version information.

Only one of the following modes can be used at a time.

--list [PKG [-g group]]
Lists all current alternative groups or only from PKG, or just a specific group, if the -g --group option is set.
--set PKG [-g group]
Set alternative groups specified by PKG or just a specific group, if the -g --group option is set.

Default configuration directory.
Default system configuration directory.
Package files metadata.
Default package database (0.38 format). Keeps track of installed packages and properties.
Default cache directory to store downloaded binary packages.

xbps-checkvers(1), xbps-create(1), xbps-dgraph(1), xbps-digest(1), xbps-fbulk(1), xbps-fetch(1), xbps-install(1), xbps-pkgdb(1), xbps-query(1), xbps-reconfigure(1), xbps-remove(1), xbps-rindex(1), xbps-uchroot(1), xbps-uunshare(1), xbps.d(5)

Juan Romero Pardines <>
Duncan Overbruck <>

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June 20, 2019