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- When you update, check pacman output for instructions related to updated packages.
pacman -Qdtto find orphaned packages, and
pacman -Qo <file>to find out which packages that own individual files.
- Search for .pac* files and merge them with configuration files (see Pacnew and Pacsave Files).
- Check for out of date or unmaintained aur packages on your system (sometimes these can cause problems when you update).
- Check the size of /var and clear pacman's cache once in a while. A usefull tool to assist in this process is Cacheclean.
- Check disk (use fstab options to check at boot)
- Search logs for errors (list scripts, tools to make this easier/more automated)
- Look into errors as soon as possible - do not leave them unattended to.
- Linking random libraries together to get a program to work.
- Updating once a year.
- Copy-pasting commands into the terminal without at least reading man pages to understand what you are doing to your system.