[arch-general] Long-term offline Arch system

Leonidas Spyropoulos artafinde at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 08:37:38 UTC 2015

Hello Aron,

On 06/11/15, Aron Widforss wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm going out for a four month hike next spring, and will not bring my
> loved XPS with me. It struck me yesterday that being offline for four
> months is something pacman and yaourt might not like. How do these
> programs handle long-term stasis, will things break horribly when I come
> back and run an update? Is there anything I can do to avoid it?
Probably the best thing is to read the news in reverse when you are
back. Pacman in general had some issues but I haven't seen something big
in last months - in my opinion it's rare occations where long inactivity
breaks the system.

Having said that though if you notice something "smelly" on the news I'd 
suggest to use something like Archlinux Archive [1]. Although not officially
supported there are some nice features with agetpkg [2] like "Restoring
to a specific date" [3].

Note: The agetpkg has been the subject of a discussion in dev list for
inlcuding it as a package or being in AUR. Hopefully by the time you are
going this would be resolved.

Discalimer: I've never used it and the most I've been inactive is about
a month which pacman was able to work with.

[1]: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Linux_Archive
[2]: https://github.com/seblu/agetpkg

Leonidas Spyropoulos

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