cdist-type__package_update_index - Man Page

Update the package index


This cdist type allows you to update the package index on the target. It will automatically use the appropriate package manager.

Required Parameters


Optional Parameters


The package manager to use. Default is determined based on the $os explorer variable. e.g. * apt for Debian * yum for Red Hat * pacman for Arch Linux


Available for package manager apt and pacman, max time in seconds since last update. Repo update is skipped if maxage is not reached yet.


apt-cache updated (age was: currage)

apt-cache was updated (run of apt-get update). currage is the time in seconds since the previous run.


# Update the package index on the target

# Force use of a specific package manager
__package_update_index --type apt

# Only update every hour:
__package_update_index --maxage 3600 --type apt

# same as above (on apt-type systems):
__package_update_index --maxage 3600


Ricardo Catalinas Jiménez <>
Thomas Eckert <>
Stu Zhao <>


Copyright (C) 2014 Ricardo Catalinas Jiménez. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.


Jul 31, 2022 7.0.0 cdist