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#1 2022-11-24 16:21:58

TheOldFellow
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Upgrade after several years

I inherited a laptop that has ArchLinux on it, but I don't think it has been 'pacman -Syyuu' for a very long time.
I get into a loop running pacman, where it states that, for instance David Runge 's PGP key needs to be installed, and agree, then it asks to import the correct PGP key (I checked it IS correct), then that fails: 'could not be looked up remotely'.
I am guessing some file has incremental changes missing.  As my own installation is several years old I have forgotten where this stuff is, and where to look it up.
Can someone point me to the solution?

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#2 2022-11-24 16:25:47

Scimmia
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Re: Upgrade after several years

Several years? Honestly, just reinstall. It isn't even your installation, so it's not like there's anything important to save.

You can try updating archlinux-keyring first, but it's hard to say what all else will fail.

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#3 2022-11-24 16:30:45

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Re: Upgrade after several years

I concur.  Several years might not even be possible any more.  If you want to get back to where the system is, grab the output of pacman -Qe and pacman -Qm for a list of things that need to be explicitly reinstalled. (The -Qm are your foreign stuff that needs come the AUR)

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#4 2022-11-24 17:22:20

TheOldFellow
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Re: Upgrade after several years

Scimmia wrote:

Several years? Honestly, just reinstall. It isn't even your installation, so it's not like there's anything important to save.

You can try updating archlinux-keyring first, but it's hard to say what all else will fail.


Updating the keyring fixed it.  I may, however, take your advice, which will allow me to clean (shred)  the whole disk first, and re-partition as I prefer.

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#5 2022-11-24 17:38:30

Trilby
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Re: Upgrade after several years

TheOldFellow wrote:

I don't think it has been 'pacman -Syyuu' for a very long time.

That's also not a command that should ever really be run.  The proper way to update a (normal) arch system is `pacman -Syu`.


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