Sometimes there may be times when I might not use a computer for perhaps a month or something, if I start it back up and update it, would it break stuff, if so is there another way to perform updates in such a way that prevents breaking my system?
You should be fine and it might be better doing so. Sometimes updates cause problems and they get fixed shortly after release.
If I update my system every single day, can it brick my system completely?
Anything is possible, I guess. I never had a problem other than a minor inconvenience in 4 years running Arch-Arch based linux. It would be a rare thing for an update to bring your whole system down.
You’ll be very very unlucky so. Been using Archlinux on my computer since 2009, and I had to reinstall once due to a tricky glibc update… Once in 10 years - besides moving to another computer - this is not bad
There are some measures to take that may make life easier:
- Make useful and working (=tested) backups to another disk. This is the most important thing to do, and a recommended thing to do in any system.
- Use a program like timeshift or similar to be able to revert a problematic update.
- Install the LTS kernel in addition to the default stable kernel. Then you have another kernel to fall back into if one kernel update causes trouble.
- Keep a working EndeavourOS installer USB stick around. With that you can run corrective commands (using arch-chroot) in case something goes really wrong. And the EndeavourOS forum people can help if needed.
With these measures, user has a much better chance of surviving problematic updates.
I agree about always having a USB installer available, and making useful working backups. I double backup the week’s bits and pieces every Friday, onto externals, then run updates via TTY, and don’t have any issues.
I will try this out mate
I have no idea how to use chroot but will ask the community thanks
I hope the updates aren’t as bad as Windows 10’s feature updates?
No worries … you can choose, within a sensible time, when you do updates, and there’s no intrusion into anything you’re doing … just the notification that updates are available. Very rarely even need to reboot.
You will have to reboot for core component, like kernel or systemd…
Here there are several threads about chroot to read ↓
THanks I will have a look at it