[arch-general] Problems of using pacman and updating the filesystem

Caorenzhi rcrg4 at mail.missouri.edu
Fri Mar 7 10:09:54 EST 2014

That is my fault. Do I also need to remove files in /usr/bin as you said? Or you mean /usr/sbin, /sbin, /bin? Since that is what I see the error from at beginning. There are a lot of files in /sbin, should I remove all of them? Let me check my system in my lab and I will reply you later for details, thank you very much!

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On Mar 7, 2014, at 8:58, Thomas or  Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:

> Am 07.03.2014 15:51, schrieb Caorenzhi:
>> Yes, I try pacman -Su, and they said the /usr/sbin is exists. I am thinking that is ok, so I reboot the system.
> The instructions explicitly stated that this is NOT okay.
>> I have a cd to load the system, and I have another computer to download packages and have a external hard disk to use, like copy files there. 
>> Is there still any way to solve my problem?
> Sure there is.
> Boot from a recent Arch Linux live CD, mount your file systems to /mnt
> and run
> arch-chroot /mnt /usr/bin/bash
> Then make sure there are no files left in /usr/sbin, /sbin and /usr/bin
> - most likely, you need to uninstall a package that you built yourself -
> you can properly rebuild it later and install it again. Or you need to
> uninstall a package that used to be part of Arch, but it no longer needed.
> When you are done, pacman -Su should work flawlessly (the package is
> already in your cache, so no network is required). To be safe, run
> 'mkinitcpio -P' so your system boots correctly.

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