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#1 2012-03-22 16:23:04

karol
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[solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

'Common Problems and Issues' topic doesn't tell you what to do when the file exists in the filesystem and it's not owned by any package AND you didn't install the package from source. Such an error can happen if the 'files' file (containing the package metadata) got corrupted - is empty or missing.

Should we suggest simply 'pacman -Sf foo' ?

Last edited by karol (2012-04-30 18:52:14)

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#2 2012-03-22 19:46:03

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

As long as there's a clear indication of what the prerequisites are (to avoid someone stumbling upon the topic, running pacman -Syuf and making the situation even worse); that sounds like a fairly decent idea.


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#3 2012-04-06 14:34:29

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

Sorry for replying so late. Every time I remember this topic I'm not somewhere I can respond.

Would you guys prefer to move that section to the wiki? Then 'Common Problems and Issues' can describe what the problem is and link to the wiki for a solution.


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#4 2012-04-06 15:21:30

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

Maintaining it in the wiki seems a good idea, but there should at least be a link kept on the forums, like with the Forum rules & Arch Linux Forum Etiquette, The Arch Way etc.

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#5 2012-04-06 16:02:03

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

Sounds like a plan.


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#6 2012-04-06 16:14:21

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

Do you guys mean to move the entire 'Common Problems and Issues' to the wiki? I meant just that one section should be moved and in the 'Common Problems and Issues' sticky that section would be replaced with a description of the problem and a link to the wiki for a solution. Am I making sense? Have I misunderstood?


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#7 2012-04-06 16:23:27

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

Moving just one section is fine with me. Right now, I just want to provide a fix for that one issue.


There's https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ge … leshooting in the wiki.
Once it's more fleshed out, maybe it could act as a FAQ list - we would add a link to this wiki article to 'Common Problems and Issues' then.

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#8 2012-04-07 01:18:17

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

'Common Problems and Issues' collects answers to really common questions for which solutions are already documented or are obvious. People can search the forums and that thread comes up. It's useful to have it there. Since the section "FILENAME exists in Filesystem" is already kind of large and you guys want to add to it, it's better to move the solutions to somewhere on the wiki.


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#9 2012-04-07 01:26:07

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

As long as the wiki page doesn't turn into a real long laundry list of all the stupid ways people break their systems.


Oh...



OK. It'll just be another page for people to ignore anyway.


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#10 2012-04-07 15:58:25

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

As karol said, if you want to move some info of that kind to the wiki, https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ge … leshooting seems to be the right place; it's also linked directly from the Beginners' Guide by the way.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ar … y_category is a discussion about merging also https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/St … ging_Guide there.

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#11 2012-04-29 22:07:52

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

Can we link to https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pa … stem.22.21 + add 'pacman -Sf foo' to that FAQ? Removing files not owned by any package doesn't always help, as shown by another victim: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php … 6#p1094116

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#12 2012-04-30 18:51:57

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Re: [solved] Issue with 'Common Problems and Issues'

I'm marking this thread as solved as fsckd just did what I asked for :-)

If anyone feels the FAQ needs to be reworded or expanded, please feel free to contribute.

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