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All files in the /lib directory have been moved to /usr/lib and now /lib is a symlink to usr/lib.

During this update, pacman will identify a conflict in the /lib directory with the message:

error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files)
glibc: /lib exists in filesystem
Errors occurred, no packages were upgraded.

Warning: DO NOT USE --force! This will seriously break your system. If you are coming to this guide too late and you have already used --force... there are ways to fix your system. These two do not even require a rescue disk.

In the simplest case, the update can be performed by doing:

pacman -Syu --ignore glibc,curl
pacman -Su

Note: for installs that have not been updated during 2012, it will save you some time to do:
pacman -U<arch>.pkg.tar.xz
where <arch> is replaced by i686 or x86_64 as required. Add a single "-d" if needed.

There are two possible issues that might occur during this update.

Issue 1: glibc dependency errors

If running "pacman -Syu --ignore glibc,curl" gives:

warning: ignoring package glibc-2.16.0-2
warning: cannot resolve "glibc>=2.16", a dependency of "gcc-libs"


:: The following packages cannot be upgraded due to unresolvable dependencies:
     binutils  gcc  gcc-libs

Do you want to skip the above packages for this upgrade [y/N]

Say "y" to skipping the packages, then install them all using (e.g.):

pacman -Sd binutils gcc gcc-libs
Warning: If pacman is part of this list, install the glibc-2.16.0-1 package from the above note first, to prevent breakage.

Note the use of a single "-d" only ignores the versioning of dependencies and not the actual dependency itself. Then finish the update using:

pacman -Su

Issue 2: The final "pacman -Su" still has conflicts in /lib

Packages that own files in /lib

If after this the "pacman -Su" still has conflicts with /lib, this is likely because a package on your system other than glibc owns files in /lib. Such packages can be detected using:

$ grep '^lib/' /var/lib/pacman/local/*/files

These packages need rebuilding so as not to include the /lib directory. They can also simply be uninstalled and reinstalled again after upgrading glibc. The the final "pacman -Su" will successfully install glibc if there are no untracked files (see the next section).

Unpackaged files

This means that you have files or folders still in /lib or pacman thinks a package apart from glibc still own /lib. You can see which package own files in /lib by using:

$ find /lib -exec pacman -Qo -- {} +

If any package apart from glibc is listed as owning a file, that package needs to be updated to install its files in /usr/lib. Any files unowned by a package should either be deleted or moved to /usr/lib and any directories within /lib need deleted (after they are empty...).

One common source of files in /lib is left overs from running depmod after upgrading the kernel, but prior to reboot. The kernel modules included with the linux package in the repositories are now stored in /usr/lib/modules.


You can confirm the update is complete by looking in your root directory to see that lib is a symlink to usr/lib.

$ ls -ld /lib
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root     7 Jul 11 21:10 lib -> usr/lib