Is it possible to only install free software packages in Arch Linux? Or perhaps to query a package's license before installing? I suppose you could use -Q to search for the text of a specific license, but it seems overkill.


You can do this with expac, an alpm data tool that is in [extra]. For example, to search for Apache licensed software in the repos:

 expac -Ss '%L - %n' '^Apache'

Note: expac does a full search on the target, so additional filtering may be necessary.

Ultimately, though, if you only want free software, you want Parabola Linux, which is Arch-based, but a separate distribution.

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