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XBPS configuration directory

The xbps.d configuration directory sets properties for the XBPS package manager. The configuration directory, by default set to /etc/xbps.d overrides settings from files available in the system configuration directory, by default set to /usr/share/xbps.d.
Files in the configuration directory have preference over files in the system configuration directory.
Only files with the .conf extension will be processed in alphabetical order.
The configuration files can set multiple keywords that are pairs of keys and values, such as `key=value`. No whitespace between the key and its value 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.
Imports settings from the specified configuration file. NOTE 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:
Declares a package repository. The url argument accepts local and remote repositories. A complete url or absolute path to the directory that stores the <arch>-repodata 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 virtual package name and optionally its version component. The second component expects a package name 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(8), xbps-create(8), xbps-dgraph(8), xbps-install(8), xbps-pkgdb(8), xbps-query(8), xbps-reconfigure(8), xbps-remove(8), xbps-rindex(8), xbps-uchroot(8)

Juan Romero Pardines <>

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December 30, 2014