Late in December 2018, Flatpak developer “Matthias Clasen” has announced some of the new features and functionalities that we would expect on the upcoming release of Flatpak. Let’s check the recent changes on Flatpak 1.2.
Flatpak is package management solution with the advantage of using “Sandbox” technology to create isolated environments for installed applications. Flatpak supports many Linux distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Red hat, Arch, Open SUSE, Raspian and more.
1. Columns Options
Flatpak 1.2 comes with improved and well organized command line interface. Commands could produce more sufficient results for specific needs with the new columns option. As shown below, it displays currently available columns with help options you could use to eases the process of using Flatpak.
flatpak list columns=help
2. Command Typos | misspelled
Command Typos, we all have been there! In case of writing a wrong Flatpak option. Flatpak 1.2 would suggest the appropriate option based on the previous input.
3. Easier to install Applications
In order to install an application with the previous release. We used to include the application id “name containing at least 2 periods” as the following. This method was irritating especially that it would be quite difficult identify the application id.
flatpak install flathub com.sublimetext.three
Applications installation is more convenient now. You could simply use the Flatpak command followed by the install option and the application name.
flatpak install sublimetext
4. Improved Logging
Flatpak 1.2 introduces an improved logging for the installation/updating process for applications. The new logging depends on systemd journal that would track the recent installation, updates and affected files. You could deeply investigate and keep track of issues directly through journalctl command.