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#1 2015-02-04 13:05:38

nforced
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[SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

I want to reinstall ALL my packages since I had some sort of fs corruption, following the Wiki I can run

pacman -Qnq | pacman -S -

but then I get a ton of "exists in filesystem" like this one

xf86-video-vmware: /usr/share/man/man4/vmware.4.gz exists in filesystem
Errors occurred, no packages were upgraded.

I can solve "exists in filesystem" errors by adding --force to pacman but this is not usable with  pacman -Qnq since it only applies to -S and -U

Please advice!

Last edited by nforced (2015-02-04 13:46:00)

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#2 2015-02-04 13:18:00

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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

There's something in the Wiki about exporting the list of packages you have installed to a text file and then parsing that with pacman to install packages on a new installation. You should probably do that and I need to find it.

EDIT: Found it in the pacman tricks page.

Last edited by clfarron4 (2015-02-04 13:19:49)


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#3 2015-02-04 13:45:49

nforced
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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

Thanks, I solved my issue!

Here is what I did

pacman -Qqen > pkglist.txt
pacman --force -S $(< pkglist.txt)
clfarron4 wrote:

There's something in the Wiki about exporting the list of packages you have installed to a text file and then parsing that with pacman to install packages on a new installation. You should probably do that and I need to find it.

EDIT: Found it in the pacman tricks page.

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#4 2015-02-04 16:17:46

Alad
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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

I had a similar situation, where I accidentally overwrote a part of my Arch partition while resizing. After some effort I could boot it and reinstall all packages, but damage was beyond repair - home folder corrupted, random panics, etc. I'd advise to reinstall.

Last edited by Alad (2015-02-04 16:17:59)


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#5 2015-02-04 16:57:55

nforced
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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

In my case only files of packages were affected, everything looks good smile

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#6 2015-02-19 21:00:19

DL
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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

Don't ask me why but I managed to do a sudo rm -rf /usr/ (don't copy paste!) and it was a second or so before I cottoned on and hit ctrl + c.

Anway in addition to the above solution I did:

pacman -Qqdn > pkglist_deps.txt
pacman --force --asdeps -S $(< pkglist_deps.txt)

which covered all the packages installed as dependencies as well.

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#7 2015-02-19 21:04:08

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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

Don't ask me why but I managed to do a sudo rm -rf /usr/

At least you did, and not some runaway script (*cough* Steam *cough*) big_smile


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#8 2015-03-04 15:53:10

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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

I'm just applying the same thing after moving from my laptop's " / " to a new drive and then putting said new drive into a PC. Several things didn't work out of the box (naturally), even though arch booted without problems. I'll update shortly.


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#9 2015-03-04 16:41:29

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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

Better off to do a clean reinstall than using --force on everything


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#10 2016-04-06 07:57:53

duder2
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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

I did the nforced commands then the DL commands and recovered my broken vbox vm.  Saved me from a reinstall due to a host crash during a pacman update.  Thanks nforced and DL.

Last edited by duder2 (2016-04-06 07:59:29)

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#11 2016-04-06 08:28:23

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Re: [SOLVED] reinstall all packages with --force

Please don't necrobump, duder2. You should really know the rules by now.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … bumping.22

Closing.


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