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Partial update is not supported according to the wikipage:https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/pacman

But in such a scenario: the last version of package X has dependencies of package Y. Y's version 1.0 - 1.3 are all okay for that version of X, for example. now, I have the version 1.0 of Y installed, why must I update it to 1.3 to support package X? Why shouldn't I only update X to the last version while leaving Y as 1.0 for saving network traffic and maintaining time?

It seems no data about version dependencies in pacman's pakcage database. why not add such information for feasible partial updates?

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You can update individual repos:

pacman -Sy -r <somerepo> 

https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/15561

  • That bug report is a feature request, it is not implemented. – clark800 Apr 25 '14 at 18:44

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