Cant install softwares through pacman

please help im new

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Update your mirror list.

rate-mirrors arch | sudo tee /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist 

Or if you don’t have rate-mirrors, use reflector:

reflector -a 10 --sort score | sudo tee /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist 

After that, always update your system, with double y option:

sudo pacman -Syyu

Use the EndeavourOS welcome app and try Updating your mirrors under the “After Install” tab :wink:


thank you soo much … and sorry if that was a silly question

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Whats the extra y option do, i get the sudo pacman -Syu


The extra y causes an update of the pacman database, and it is needed ONLY and ALWAYS after changing your mirrorlist - AFAIK! I used to do it always, but that is unneeded and causes useless traffic on the mirrors…



A single y after S means “refresh the local package database”. Two ys after S means “force refreshing the local package database, even if it seems up-to-date, just do it anyway”. You do it after updating the mirror list because different mirrors may report different versions of packages as up-to-date (i.e. some mirrors might have older packages), so when you reorder your mirror list, you no longer know what is up-to-date and what isn’t.

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Thank you!

It’s not at all a silly question if you’re new to Arch-based distros (if you’ve been using an Arch-based distro for several months, then yeah, it’s quite silly :rofl: )

My suggestion is that you install rate-mirrors, it’s simpler to use than reflector. Run:

sudo pacman -S rate-mirrors-bin

It’s in the endeavouros repo. Now back up your mirror list:

sudo cp /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist /etc/pacman.d/old-mirrorlist

Now you can update your mirror list again:

rate-mirrors arch | sudo tee /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist 

This will pick the best mirrors and thus speed up your package downloads in the future.

Of course, don’t forget, since you’ve changed your mirror list:

sudo pacman -Syyu

You don’t have to do any of this, but the reflector command I gave you above is a rather basic one, which does not pick the best mirrors, just ones that work, so you can get your pacman running.


I started using Linux like 4 months ago with ubuntu and yesterday i switched to endeavour so new to arch based


welcome to the purple side :milky_way:


Hey thanks for this, going to try it out. :+1:t3:

@Kresimir i tried to install rate-mirrors

[christopher67@EndeavourOS ~]$ sudo pacman -S rate-mirrors
[sudo] password for christopher67: 
error: target not found: rate-mirrors
[christopher67@EndeavourOS ~]$ 

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rate-mirrors-bin is the package in the EndeavourOS repos, FYI :wink:


Thanks @Scotty_Trees :+1:t3:

Ah, sorry about that, I carelessly wrote off the top of my head, instead of checking it first. I’ve edited my post to change rate-mirrors to rate-mirrors-bin.

@Scotty_Trees thanks for the correction!


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