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#1 2013-01-29 20:26:11

lagagnon
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[Solved] Pacman errors: "call to execv failed", system not booting

Recent upgrade (yesterday) - problems went like this:

1) pacman -Syu attempted "filesystem" upgrade and threw errors about some directories in /usr/local being 775 not 755.
2) that was because I had a non-standard package in there. I changed just those relevant directories to 755.
3) reattempted pacman -Syu but got a bunch of errors: "call to execv failed"
4) system was immediately borked. Reboot now throws me into a shell.

This is a 32 bit system.
Any ideas and help would be greatly appreciated.

Last edited by lagagnon (2013-01-30 19:10:24)


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#2 2013-01-30 07:51:54

mariusmeyer
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Re: [Solved] Pacman errors: "call to execv failed", system not booting

Search the forums for "call to exevc failed" and read the news on the Arch home page. That should be enough to figure out what the problem is, and how to fix it (since others have had similar problems) smile

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#3 2013-01-30 19:09:51

lagagnon
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Re: [Solved] Pacman errors: "call to execv failed", system not booting

Solved my problem with the following method:
1) used Arch LiveCD. Mounted boot and / partitions
2) pacman -r /path/to/root -Syyu glibc filesystem
3) reboot gave "Unable to find root device error"
4) ran LiveCD again following these instructions: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pa … onger_boot


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