Tom Gundersen wrote:
When upgrading to `filesystem-2011.12` there will be a conflict with `/etc/mtab`.
Install the package as follows:
`pacman -S filesystem --force`
It is strongly advised to avoid the `--force` or `-f` switch as it is not safe. However, in this particular case it is needed as deleting `/etc/mtab` manually would break pacman.
The reason for the conflict is that the file used to be generated at boot and hence not owned by any package. Now it is a symlink to `/proc/self/mounts` owned by `filesystem`. This change means that `initscripts` no longer requires write access to the rootfs (though other packages might).