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xbps.dXBPS configuration directory

  • /etc/xbps.d/*.conf
  • /usr/share/xbps.d/*.conf

The xbps.d configuration directory sets properties for the XBPS package manager. The configuration directory, by default set to overrides settings from files available in the system configuration directory, by default set to .

Files in the configuration directory have preference over files in the system configuration directory.

Only files with the extension will be processed in alphabetical order.

The configuration files can set multiple that are pairs of keys and values, such as . No whitespace between the and its is allowed, nor trailing whitespaces after its value.

Overrides the native machine architecture, as reported by uname(2).
When this keyword is enabled, a package with the greatest version available in all registered repositories will be chosen. This will be applied to dependencies as well.
Sets the default cache directory to store downloaded binary packages from remote repositories, as well as its signatures. If path starts with '/' it's an absolute path, otherwise it will be relative to rootdir.
Declares a ignored package. If a package depends on an ignored package the dependency is always satisfied, without installing the ignored package.
Skip extraction of matching files. Patterns starting with a exclamation mark negate the previous match, a single backslash can be used to escape the exclamation mark.

In the following example all files matching the first pattern will not be extracted, but files that also match the second pattern will still be extracted.

Imports settings from the specified configuration file. only one level of nesting is allowed.
If set ignores modifications to the specified files, while unpacking packages. Absolute path to a file and file globbing are supported, example:

If set to false (default), xbps will overwrite configuration files if they have not been changed since installation and a newer version is available.

If set to true, xbps will save the new configuration file as <name>.new-<version> if the original configuration file has not been changed since installation.

Declares a package repository. The url argument accepts local and remote repositories. A complete url or absolute path to the directory that stores the archive is expected. Note that remote repositories must be signed using xbps-rindex(1), example:

Sets the default root directory.
Enables or disables syslog logging. Enabled by default.
Declares a virtual package. A virtual package declaration is composed by two components delimited by a colon, example:

Any request to the cron-daemon virtual package will be resolved to the dcron real package.

The first component expects a . The second component expects a to match the real package.

Overrides uname(2) machine result with this value. Useful to install packages with a fake architecture.
Sets the target architecture to this value. This variable differs from XBPS_ARCH in that it allows you to install packages partially, because configuration phase is skipped (the target binaries might not be compatible with the native architecture).

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)

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February 5, 2020