PACSORT(8) Pacman-contrib Manual PACSORT(8)

pacsort - sort utility implementing alpm_pkg_vercmp

pacsort [options] [files ...]

pacsort concatenates the given files, sorts them, and writes them to standard output. Default order is oldest to newest.

Standard input is read when no files are given.

By default the lines are treated as lists of plain version strings.

-f, --files

If the input lists are in the format *-*.pkg.tar*, sort lines by pkgname and pkgver.

-h, --help

Display syntax and command-line options.

-k, --key <index>

Sort the input starting on the specified column.

-z, --null

Lines end with null bytes rather than newlines.

-r, --reverse

Sort in reverse order.

-t, --separator <sep>

Field separator. Default separator is space.

-V, --version

Display the version.

pacman(8), vercmp(8)

Bugs? You must be kidding; there are no bugs in this software. But if we happen to be wrong, file an issue with as much detail as possible at

Current maintainers:

•Johannes Löthberg <>
•Daniel M. Capella <>

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

2023-04-03 Pacman-contrib 1.9.0