How To Restore Broken Arch Linux To Previous Working State

7 Responses

  1. Lasp94 says:

    Some grep magician would be needed here!!!
    Even without grep, I would have copied part of the log, edited with nano and made a little script.. Good tips however!

  2. steve_dupuis says:

    One of my personal work habits is to always do a backup of the root filesystem before doing kernel or graphics device driver updates. It takes me 10 minutes with Clonezilla (backup and verify), and when the kernel horks I do a 5-minute restore and put an ignore on the update and wait for the next release.
    This has saved me much time and much grief over the years.

  3. pazof says:

    Just a minor addition – if the packages required for downgrading are for some reason not available in /var/cache/pacman/pkg/ anymore you do not necessarily need to reinstall the whole system, you can always download the packages in question anew from (along with their respective signature files). You can use a simple wget command to do this, or download them through another device if you are unable to connect to the internet.

  4. Nilson says:

    Thanks, man! You saved my life!

  5. Ron says:

    This has caused me many a grief. Always the graphics setup for my ancient workhorse laptop. I finally abandoned my beloved 4 year old Arch install to Mint.

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