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I'm trying to find more information on the individual AUR ArchLinux packages. When you install a package from the AUR and the package gets updated online, do you get the update when updating via the PacMan, or do you have to update the package on your machine manually?

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I suggest you to use yaourt instead of pacman if you want to update your packages including the packages from AUR.

yaourt -Syua
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Packeges from AUR are not updated by 'pacman'. However, there is a package called 'packer' that lets you search AUR just like pacman does the official repositories. This will also let you perform a packer -Su which updates all packages on the system, including AUR packages.

You still have to do pacman -Sy to update you local database thoug.

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Another tool I'd recommend for managing AUR packages is aura.

You install packages with aura -Ax (x isn't necessary but it shows what is going on) and update with aura -Axyu. Further information: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Aura

On AUR helpers in general: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AUR_helpers

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