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A new version of the AM application manager for AppImage is available. AM is an application manager that is inspired by AUR and serves as an AppImage manager, installer, and updater. It currently contains over 1800 AppImage packages and official standalone applications for GNU/Linux, which are derived from tar and zip archives.



"AM" 6.1

New option "nolibfuse"!

Now it is possible to convert old Type2 AppImages (dependent on libfuse2) to Type3 using the option nolibfuse.

am nolibfuse ${PROGRAM}

First the selected program type is checked, if it is a Type2 AppImage, it will be extracted and repackaged using the new version of appimagetool from  https://github.com/probonopd/go-appimage :

  • If the installed AppImage can be updated via zsync, the update will take place while maintaining the status of Type3 AppImage;
  • On the contrary, if the update occurs through "comparison" of versions, the converted AppImage will be replaced by the upstream version, which could still be Type2. I suggest anyone to contact the developers to update the packaging method of their AppImage.

NOTE, the conversion is not always successful, a lot depends on how the program is packaged. The conversion occurs in two steps:

  • if in the first case it succeeds without problems, the package will be repackaged as it was, but of Type 3;
  • if the script encounters problems (due to Appstream validation), it will attempt to delete the contents of the /usr/share/metainfo directory inside the AppImage, as a workaround (which will probably make updates via zsync unusable);
  • if this step does not succeed either, the process will end with an error and the AppImage will remain Type2.

Release "AM" 6.1 · ivan-hc/AM