purify by expiatory sacrifice, ceremonial washing, or some other ritual action. “a soul lustrated in the baptismal waters”
The Past (Thu 21 May 23:26:00 GMT 2020)⌗
2 years ago, in 2018, I began using Linux for real. My distribution of choice
was Antergos, an ‘easy button’ Arch
installer that was really popular at the time. The first package I added
post-install apparently was
synergy, a package to share my mouse/keyboard with
my still-existing Windows 10 machine:
[email protected] ~ $ head -n 3 /var/log/pacman.log [2018-05-21 23:26] [PACMAN] Running 'pacman -S synergy' [2018-05-21 23:26] [ALPM] transaction started [2018-05-21 23:26] [ALPM] installed synergy (1.8.8-3)
Little did I know that by choosing to use Antergos, I had already infected my future.
The Now (Thu 12 Nov 05:38:30 GMT 2020):⌗
It’s 5AM. I have work tomorrow. What better way to spend my time than debugging this crap? I love it.
[email protected] ~ $ sudo pacman -Syu :: Synchronising package databases... core is up to date extra is up to date community is up to date multilib is up to date :: Starting full system upgrade... :: Replace pygobject-devel with extra/python-gobject? [Y/n] y :: Replace user-manager with extra/plasma-desktop? [Y/n] y :: Replace xorg-luit with extra/luit? [Y/n] y resolving dependencies... looking for conflicting packages... error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies) :: removing xorg-luit breaks dependency 'xorg-luit' required by antergos-common-meta :: removing user-manager breaks dependency 'user-manager' required by antergos-kde-meta
:: removing xorg-luit breaks dependency 'xorg-luit' required by antergos-common-meta
:: removing user-manager breaks dependency 'user-manager' required by antergos-kde-meta
When Antergos discontinued in May
2019, I removed their mirrors
/etc/pacman.conf, which should have been enough. Everything had been fine
My decision to use Antergos has screwed me 2 years later.
I should have moved over to NixOS a long time ago.
- Simply remove the meta packages via
[email protected] ~ $ sudo pacman -Rdd antergos-kde-meta antergos-common-meta Package (2) Old Version Net Change antergos-common-meta 1.5-1 0.00 MiB antergos-kde-meta 1.1-1 0.00 MiB Total Removed Size: 0.01 MiB :: Do you want to remove these packages? [Y/n]
🕒 1 wasted hour.
I did not know what meta-packages were, or the consequences of removing them.
I can now update my Arch system. Hopefully there is no more Antergos cruft still lingering in my system.
Everything will be fine going forward, as long as:
- Power isn’t lost during upgrade
- I do not
^Cthe upgrade at an inopportune time
- Creation of the initramfs succeeds (it’s weird sometimes…)
- I do not run out of disk space
If any item from this list isn’t met, the system can fail to boot. Since updates
are not atomic in any way. The only way to recover from such a situation is
arch-chroot on an external recovery boot image such as the Arch install media
This has happened to me too many times on this install, I count a total of 5 times. Though, if anything, this is a testament to how recoverable bad situations can be on Linux if you have the know-how
Stuff like this really makes me want to move to NixOS, where these issues don’t exist, or at least simple rollback from failure states is easy and built in.