How to fix pamac-aur / pamac-aur-git empty list on start


If you’re using either pamac-aur or pamac-aur-git, you cannot see icons where you start pamac GUI.

This is a known bug. Archlinux-appstream-data 20200315-1 is broken.

See this opened bug:


  1. Install downgrade
  2. sudo downgrade archlinux-appstream-data
  3. accept when downgrade asks if you want to add this package to ignore list.

Does it matter which downgrade package to install?

Available packages:

    1)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190226  1  any  (remote)
    2)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190320  1  any  (remote)
    3)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190424  1  any  (remote)
    4)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190614  1  any  (remote)
    5)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190726  1  any  (remote)
    6)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190825  1  any  (remote)
    7)  archlinux-appstream-data    20190925  1  any  (remote)
    8)  archlinux-appstream-data    20191027  1  any  (remote)
    9)  archlinux-appstream-data    20191128  1  any  (remote)
-  10)  archlinux-appstream-data    20200103  1  any  (remote)
-  11)  archlinux-appstream-data    20200103  1  any  (local)
+  12)  archlinux-appstream-data    20200315  1  any  (remote)
+  13)  archlinux-appstream-data    20200315  1  any  (local)

I picked number 9 and the icons are back. :+1:

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Latest version of archlinux-appstream-data is busted. You can also use version 20200103.

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Thanks for the Info on this @FredBezies. But how may it be that this is working for @ricklinux here without the downgrade?

If @ricklinux do not update archlinux-appstream-data, it will work.

Very strange. I dont have any problems here on 2 computers.

yay -Qs pamac
local/pamac-aur-git 9.4.0rc3.r14.g1686977-1
    A Gtk3 frontend for libalpm - git version
local/pamac-aur-tray-appindicator-git 9.4.0rc3.r14.g1686977-1
    Tray icon using appindicator which fits better in KDE - git version
yay -Qs archlinux-appstream-data      
local/archlinux-appstream-data 20200315-1
    Arch Linux application database for AppStream-based software centers

Yes it’s odd. My 5 yr old Arch had the problem, same with my EOS and converted Antergos. My wife doesn’t have the problem on her EOS. :crazy_face:

Thanks to pamac master FredBezies for fix :pray:

There must be a difference in the installations. Maybe a file missing or a difference somewhere in the configuration. According to the information I have about it, at least I’m not able to tell if the culprit is archlinux-appstream-data (the version @FredBezies named) or pamac or if it’s just the interacting of both. Time will show if this workaround (downgrade) will be necessary for some time or if the bug can be resolved soon.

I’m having an argument with someone about this bug. I just asked someone to open a bug on archlinux bugtracker.

Looks like some people just don’t care about others…

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What icons did you mean?

$ pacman -Q archlinux-appstream-data pamac-aur-git 
archlinux-appstream-data 20200315-1
pamac-aur-git 9.4.0rc3.r15.g4f7cfd0-1

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Follow the link in @FredBezies first Post.

I’m not having any issue on 3 computers and here is my output.

[rick@xfce-pc ~]$ pacman -Qi archlinux-appstream-data
Name            : archlinux-appstream-data
Version         : 20200315-1
Description     : Arch Linux application database for AppStream-based software
Architecture    : any
URL             :
Licenses        : GPL
Groups          : None
Provides        : None
Depends On      : None
Optional Deps   : None
Required By     : pamac-aur-git
Optional For    : None
Conflicts With  : None
Replaces        : None
Installed Size  : 17.61 MiB
Packager        : Antonio Rojas <>
Build Date      : Sun 15 Mar 2020 04:28:23 PM
Install Date    : Mon 16 Mar 2020 05:49:42 AM
Install Reason  : Installed as a dependency for another package
Install Script  : No
Validated By    : Signature

Is the one I’m using the latest? If so …how come i don’t have this issue?

I’ve been using yay exclusively; I removed pacman. Yay updates packages, then it looks at the AUR as well. Two for the price of one.

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You mean pamac!

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I meant pacman, which is still installed; I was mistaken. Yay’s commands are the same as pacman’s, and yay installs packages, and upgrades them, and a -Syu command will upgrade packages and AUR scripts.

I used it today and it installed a couple of packages as well as upgrading google-chrome-stable from the AUR.

I love it.


I just wanted to add that some folks may not have the “downgrade” installed on their systems.
I did not have it on my Arch “My Way” installation I did 8 months ago. With that said I did a Google search and found I had to install it like this:

yay -S downgrade

Then you can follow @FredBezies other commands. I chose # 10 from the list and the icons are back on my Arch system. Now I have to go and fix my other 3 EndeavourOS installations…
Thanks @FredBezies for the help! :slight_smile:
Yes I am still a “New-Beeee” Lol


Just updated Pamac and no problems. :relaxed:

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I updated and still need sudo downgrade archlinux-appstream-data.

ricklinux is EOS unicorn :wink: :smiley:

You still don’t have it working?


This is strange as i went from 20200301-1 to 20200315-1 with no issue. Now i have the current Pamac version 9.4.0