[arch-dev-public] New draft - Was: /usr move - update instructions

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun Jun 2 23:05:04 EDT 2013

And the news draft:

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Binaries move to /usr/bin requiring update intervention

During your next update, you will get a error message like:

error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files)
filesystem: /bin exists in filesystem

The update merges all binaries into a unified /usr/bin directory. This
step removes a distinction that has been meaningless for Arch systems
and simplifies package maintenance for the development team.

The following instructions will ensure a safe update:

1) Fix any non-official packages with files in /bin, /sbin or /usr/sbin
to put those files in /usr/bin.  The list of packages that are not in a
repo that need to be fixed can be generated using:
$ pacman -Qqo /bin /sbin /usr/sbin | pacman -Qm -

Also check packages installed from non-official repos using:
$ paclist <repo> | awk ' { print $1 } ' | pacman -Ql - | \
    grep ' /s\?bin/\| /usr/sbin/'

2) Make sure any packages in IgnorePkg or IgnoreGroup do not have files
in /bin, /sbin, or /usr/sbin.  Fix them if necessary.

3) If you have files in /bin, /sbin or /usr/sbin that are unowned by any
package, you need to move them.  Find a list using:
$ find /bin /sbin /usr/sbin -exec pacman -Qo -- {} + >/dev/null

4) Ensure all partitions are mounted if using autofs.  They may not
automount when needed later in this update.

5) Update your system.

Before performing this update, you may want to ensure you have a second
terminal open with root privileges in the unlikely event of an
emergency, particularly if updating over ssh.

# pacman -Syu --ignore filesystem,bash
# pacman -S bash
# pacman -Su

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