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#1 2019-10-29 18:16:17

tbhaxor
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Registered: 2019-10-18
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Unable to overwrite directory in Pacman

I am about to install a package, but it keeps failing because the file already exists. Since --force option is removed from pacman. I have been trying to overwrite the directory by --overwrite option but unfortunately, this option is also not working

Command I ran:

sudo pacman -S namcap --overwrite /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/*
Conflicting Files
....
python-pyelftools: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/notes.py exists in filesystem
python-pyelftools: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/relocation.py exists in filesystem
python-pyelftools: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/sections.py exists in filesystem
python-pyelftools: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/segments.py exists in filesystem
python-pyelftools: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/structs.py exists in filesystem

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#2 2019-10-29 18:20:45

Slithery
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From: Norfolk, UK
Registered: 2013-12-01
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Re: Unable to overwrite directory in Pacman

tbhaxor wrote:
sudo pacman -S namcap --overwrite /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/*

Get rid of the leading /

I believe that you actually need to glob for files in the package archive rather than the final location.


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#3 2019-10-29 18:25:02

progandy
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Registered: 2012-05-17
Posts: 3,585

Re: Unable to overwrite directory in Pacman

Maybe quote the path glob so the shell doesn't try to expand it?

sudo pacman -S --overwrite "/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/elftools/elf/*" namcap 

Edit: Or what Slithery said.

Edit: If you installed pyelftools using pip, then please uninstall and retry your pacman command without overwrite instead.

Arch Wiki wrote:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Py … management

If you must use pip, use a virtual environment, or pip install --user to avoid conflicts with packages in /usr. It is always preferred to use pacman to install software.

Last edited by progandy (2019-10-29 18:33:13)


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