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Flatpak 1.2 Brings Improved Command Line Interface experience | What’s New

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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
Flatpak Column option screenshot

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.

Check Flatpak 1.2 changelog and release announcement for further details.

The official page includes installation instruction for many Linux distributions. Also, check the Flathub repository for currently available applications.

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