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Changed name from vpm to vbm so it can coexist with original, already in void repos...

vbm - An XBPS package management helper for vb-linux and VoidLinux

version 1.4.1

vbm is a simple to use, daily-driver enhancement to the awesome XBPS (X Binary Package System), initially designed as a helper tool for use with VoidLinux. Feel free to think "Void Package Management" or something if it helps you remember its name, but please note that it's NOT a "package manager" in the nitpickers understanding of the word - especially vbm shouldn't be confused with XBPS - vbm is just an addon helper tool for XBPS to make your life easier. That's it.




vbm trying install package but...


vbm automatic updating xbps while updating system...


vbm installing package...


Motivation to write vbm

I initially found XBPS to have a steep learning-curve, so I wanted to ease the life of new VoidLinux users, and XBPS users in general. Please don't feel afraid to look up the corresponding XBPS commands it translates to, or use vbm --show-translations so you even see the translations already when using vbm help. It has been said that vbm will ease the transition from Debian's APT, and some other user-friendly repository/package-managers.


vbm requires BASH, the Bourne Again SHell, which should be installed by default on a new VoidLinux system. You also will need git and xcheckrestart both provided by xtools package to obtain a clone of the vbm GitHub repository. (see "Installation" section, below).

Or you can just grab vbm and paste it anywhere in your system.


1. Install xtools via xbps-install

for xcheckrestart functions etc...

$ xbps-install -S xtools    

2. Clone vbm repository

$ git clone

3. Enter the cloned repo and install vbm

$ cd vbm
$ chmod +x vbm
$ make install

3a. Remove vbm

If you want to remove vbm, just use make to remove it. Make sure you are in the cloned directory first, then run:

$ make uninstall


Rainbows and unicorns, indeed. If you like colorized output, please see the --color=true option, too! All vbm options try to have human readable and easy to remember syntax, no --long-option-with-multiple-complex-words, no need to even prefix arguments with --, vbm just tries to do its best it can to understand the user (there are some command-line-switches, though, see vbm help).

Also vbm will ask for password if needed.


vbm is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3. See the LICENSE file for further information.

Copyright (c) 2016: Armin Jenewein <>

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program.  If not, see <>.