So I was trying to install anki…
$ sudo pacman -Syu anki :: Synchronizing package databases... core is up to date extra is up to date community is up to date error: could not parse package description file 'gogglesmm-0.12.6-1/depends' from db 'community' :: Starting full system upgrade... resolving dependencies... warning: cannot resolve "python2-sqlalchemy", a dependency of "anki" warning: cannot resolve "python-simplejson", a dependency of "anki" :: The following package cannot be upgraded due to unresolvable dependencies: anki Do you want to skip the above package for this upgrade? [y/N] error: failed to prepare transaction (unexpected error)
It seems like pacman isn't able to fetch packages from community?
Any ideas how to fix this?
I took a look at this thread but it didn't solve my problem (unless I did it wrong?) & I found nothing else on the internet about this :\
Last edited by bygmhra (2012-09-19 00:17:32)
Post the output of 'pacman -Q pacman;
$ pacman -Q pacman pacman 4.0.3-3
Yes, it's /usr/bin/pacman
sudo /usr/bin/pacman -Syu gives me the same error
how do I check the version of /usr/bin/pacman?
$ pacman -Q /usr/bin/pacman error: package '/usr/bin/pacman' was not found warning: '/usr/bin/pacman' is a file, you might want to use -p/--file.
so then I tried this, but I think it's wrong
$ pacman -Q --file /usr/bin/pacman error: could not load package '/usr/bin/pacman': cannot open package file
What about '/usr/bin/pacman --version'?
$ /usr/bin/pacman --version .--. Pacman v4.0.3 - libalpm v7.0.3 / _.-' .-. .-. .-. Copyright (C) 2006-2012 Pacman Development Team \ '-. '-' '-' '-' Copyright (C) 2002-2006 Judd Vinet '--' This program may be freely redistributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Ah thank you! It's fixed
initially pacman -Syy didn't change anything
so I then specified a mirror in my /etc/pacman.conf, ran another pacman -Syy on a whim, and then
commented out the mirror I had just added
and that error is now gone
Thanks everyone for your help
I'm still getting this exact error, and this thread is the only thing a search turns up... It just started doing this a day or 2 ago too, weird.
I have the latest pacman and about 20 mirrors specified in /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.
I've tried removing and adding different combos of mirrors but no luck.
Also should note that I have an updated mirrorlist from the pacman mirror generator page.
Last edited by deviouskoopa (2012-09-19 21:09:49)
error: could not parse package description file 'gogglesmm-0.12.6-1/depends' from db 'community'
and the mirror used is
fixed mine... after reading https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=149280 i removed kernel.org mirror and it works!
ok fixed... thank you.