libalpm_handle(3) Library Functions Manual libalpm_handle(3)

libalpm_handle - Handle

typedef struct _alpm_handle_t alpm_handle_t
The libalpm context handle.

alpm_handle_t * alpm_initialize (const char *root, const char *dbpath, alpm_errno_t *err)
Initializes the library. int alpm_release (alpm_handle_t *handle)
Release the library.

Functions to initialize and release libalpm

The libalpm context handle. This struct represents an instance of libalpm.

alpm_handle_t * alpm_initialize (const char * root, const char * dbpath, alpm_errno_t * err)

Initializes the library. Creates handle, connects to database and creates lockfile. This must be called before any other functions are called.


root the root path for all filesystem operations
dbpath the absolute path to the libalpm database
err an optional variable to hold any error return codes


a context handle on success, NULL on error, err will be set if provided

Release the library. Disconnects from the database, removes handle and lockfile This should be the last alpm call you make. After this returns, handle should be considered invalid and cannot be reused in any way.


handle the context handle


0 on success, -1 on error

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