Mabox Linux is Manjaro based distribution, and uses Manjaro official repositories (stable branch) and some packages from own Mabox repository.
Mabox Linux, like Manjaro is rolling-release, and that means that you have very fast access to the latest software versions.
Package manager is Pamac (pacman is also available aswell as popular yay helper).
By default pamac-applet is running in system tray, so you will be informed about any available updates.
Pamac is a powerful tool for managing software through a graphical interface. Pamac allows you to search packages (according to the groups, the state, the source repository), their installation and removal.
Pamac applet is a program that resides in the system tray, announces the availability of updated packages and allows a convenient way to perform the update.
With Pamac we can configure many aspects of the package manager, for example:
- set the frequency of checking for updates
- choose the fastest mirror and its location
- set the number of versions of packages that will be stored in the disk cache (this allows to downgrade package in rare cases, when the update may cause problems)
- enable AUR support
Command line - yay
Yay is a very convenient pacman replacement with AUR (Arch User Repository) support.
It works fast and supports most of the same syntax that you already use in Pacman.
To perform a system upgrade with yay, simply enter:
This command will check for updates from distribution repositories as well as packages installed from AUR.
If you type
yay -Syu out of habit it will work exactly the same. Similar to
yay -Syyu (here forcing to download databases with packages lists again).
As an argument we pass the name of the package we want to install. Here, for example, the gdu – pretty fast disk usage analyzer written in Go.
# search for gdu package yay gdu # Yay will search for available packages – both in the repositories and in AUR # – it will list them and let us choose a package to install. # install gdu immadietely yay -S gdu # install multiple packages yay -S gimp blender inkscape
To remove a package as with yay, use the -R option. For example:
yay -R gdu
You can also use yay to show some interesting statistics about installed packages.