repo-add man page

repo-add — package database maintenance utility


repo-add [options] <path-to-db> <package|delta> [<package|delta> ...]

repo-remove [options] <path-to-db> <packagename|delta> [<packagename|delta> ...]


repo-add and repo-remove are two scripts to help build a package database for packages built with makepkg(8) and installed with pacman(8). They also handle package deltas produced by pkgdelta(8).

repo-add will update a package database by reading a built package or package delta file. Multiple packages and/or deltas to add can be specified on the command line.

If a matching “.sig” file is found alongside a package file, the signature will automatically be embedded into the database.

repo-remove will update a package database by removing the package name or delta specified on the command line. Multiple packages and/or delta to remove can be specified on the command line.

A package database is a tar file, optionally compressed. Valid extensions are “.db” followed by an archive extension of “.tar”, “.tar.gz”, “.tar.bz2”, “.tar.xz”, or “.tar.Z”. The file does not need to exist, but all parent directories must exist.

Common Options

-q, --quiet

Force this program to keep quiet and run silently except for warning and error messages.

-s, --sign

Generate a PGP signature file using GnuPG. This will execute gpg --detach-sign --use-agent on the generated database to generate a detached signature file, using the GPG agent if it is available. The signature file will be the entire filename of the database with a “.sig” extension.

-k, --key <key>

Specify a key to use when signing packages. Can also be specified using the GPGKEY environmental variable. If not specified in either location, the default key from the keyring will be used.

-v, --verify

Verify the PGP signature of the database before updating the database. If the signature is invalid, an error is produced and the update does not proceed.


Remove color from repo-add and repo-remove output.

Repo-Add Options

-d, --delta

Automatically generate and add a delta file between the old entry and the new one, if the old package file is found next to the new one.

-n, --new

Only add packages that are not already in the database. Warnings will be printed upon detection of existing packages, but they will not be re-added.

-R, --remove

Remove old package files from the disk when updating their entry in the database.


repo-add foo.db.tar.xz <pkg1> [<pkg2> ...]

This creates two separate databases; a smaller database “foo.db.tar.xz” used by pacman and a large database containing package file lists “foo.files.tar.xz” for use by other utilities. While pacman can use the large database (if renamed with a db.tar* extension), there is currently no additional benefit for the larger download.

See Also

makepkg(8), pacman(8), pkgdelta(8)

See the pacman website at for current information on pacman and its related tools.


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Current maintainers:

Past major contributors:

For additional contributors, use git shortlog -s on the pacman.git repository.

Referenced By


2017-02-11 Pacman 5.0.1 Pacman Manual