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       alpm-hooks - alpm hook file format


       [Trigger] (Required, Repeatable)
       Operation = Install|Upgrade|Remove (Required, Repeatable)
       Type = Path|Package (Required)
       Target = <Path|PkgName> (Required, Repeatable)

       [Action] (Required)
       Description = ... (Optional)
       When = PreTransaction|PostTransaction (Required)
       Exec = <Command> (Required)
       Depends = <PkgName> (Optional)
       AbortOnFail (Optional, PreTransaction only)
       NeedsTargets (Optional)


       libalpm provides the ability to specify hooks to run before or after transactions based on
       the packages and/or files being modified. Hooks consist of a single [Action] section
       describing the action to be run and one or more [Trigger] section describing which
       transactions it should be run for.

       Hooks are read from files located in the system hook directory /usr/share/libalpm/hooks,
       and additional custom directories specified in pacman.conf(5) (the default is
       /etc/pacman.d/hooks). The file names are required to have the suffix ".hook". Hooks are
       run in alphabetical order of their file name, where the ordering ignores the suffix.


       Hooks must contain at least one [Trigger] section that determines which transactions will
       cause the hook to run. If multiple trigger sections are defined the hook will run if the
       transaction matches any of the triggers.

       Operation = Install|Upgrade|Remove
           Select the type of operation to match targets against. May be specified multiple
           times. Installations are considered an upgrade if the package or file is already
           present on the system regardless of whether the new package version is actually
           greater than the currently installed version. For Path triggers, this is true even if
           the file changes ownership from one package to another. Required.

       Type = Path|Package
           Select whether targets are matched against transaction packages or files. See CAVEATS
           for special notes regarding Path triggers.  File is a deprecated alias for Path and
           will be removed in a future release. Required.

       Target = <path|package>
           The path or package name to match against the active transaction. Paths refer to the
           files in the package archive; the installation root should not be included in the
           path. Shell-style glob patterns are allowed. It is possible to invert matches by
           prepending a target with an exclamation mark. May be specified multiple times.


       Description = ...
           An optional description that describes the action being taken by the hook for use in
           front-end output.

       Exec = <command>
           Command to run. Command arguments are split on whitespace. Values containing
           whitespace should be enclosed in quotes. Required.

       When = PreTransaction|PostTransaction
           When to run the hook. Required.

       Depends = <package>
           Packages that must be installed for the hook to run. May be specified multiple times.

           Causes the transaction to be aborted if the hook exits non-zero. Only applies to
           PreTransaction hooks.

           Causes the list of matched trigger targets to be passed to the running hook on stdin.


       Hooks may be overridden by placing a file with the same name in a higher priority hook
       directory. Hooks may be disabled by overriding them with a symlink to /dev/null.


           # Force disks to sync to reduce the risk of data corruption

           Operation = Install
           Operation = Upgrade
           Operation = Remove
           Type = Package
           Target = *

           Depends = coreutils
           When = PostTransaction
           Exec = /usr/bin/sync


       There are situations when path triggers may act in unexpected ways. Hooks are triggered
       using the file list of the installed, upgraded, or removed package. When installing or
       upgrading a file that is extracted with a .pacnew extension, the original file name is
       used in triggering the hook. When removing a package, all files owned by that package can
       trigger a hook whether or not they were actually present on the file system before package

       PostTransaction hooks will not run if the transaction fails to complete for any reason.

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


       Bugs? You must be kidding; there are no bugs in this software. But if we happen to be
       wrong, submit a bug report with as much detail as possible at the Arch Linux Bug Tracker
       in the Pacman section.


       Current maintainers:

       •   Allan McRae <>

       •   Andrew Gregory <>

       •   Eli Schwartz <>

       •   Morgan Adamiec <>

       Past major contributors:

       •   Judd Vinet <>

       •   Aurelien Foret <>

       •   Aaron Griffin <>

       •   Dan McGee <>

       •   Xavier Chantry <>

       •   Nagy Gabor <>

       •   Dave Reisner <>

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