.PACSAVE File Extension

Pacman Package Configuration Backup

Developer Arch Linux Team
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What is a PACSAVE file?

A PACSAVE file is a backup package configuration file created by the Arch Linux Package Manager (pacman). Pacman creates a PACSAVE file when it removes a package that is using a modified configuration file. The PACSAVE file contains a copy of the modified configuration file's settings.

More Information

When pacman removes a package that includes a modified configuration file, it may show a notification that looks like this:

warning: /path/to/config saved as /path/to/config.pacsave

This indicates that pacman saved a copy of the modified configuration file as a PACSAVE file. If a user re-installs the associated package in the future, they can use the PACSAVE file to restore their custom configuration.

How to open a PACSAVE file

You can use pacdiff and various other PACSAVE-related utilities to review and manage differences between PACSAVE files and default configuration files. To learn more about these PACSAVE utilities and how to use them, click here.

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