Suppose I don't upgrade my system for a while. Once I finally run
pacman -Syu, I'll obviously get lots of packages. In cases like this, the output is completely unacceptable - all packages are written in one line without any kind of alignment, only simple wrapping.
So, can I get
pacman to show the packages in columns like
ls -C, or at least vertically like
So far I've been using
pacman -Syu --print-format '%n %v', but this is suboptimal (especially that passing
pacman to run in dry-run mode, so I actually need to run
pacman -Syu again after examining the packages). Writing a wrapper script, or switching to another frontend, feels like overkill.