Manjaro historic update notes

Update an old Manjaro installation

The notes is for Openbox 64-bit ISO subsequent update to latest packages and LTS kernel.

The notes is assumed to work with other older Manjaro installations as well.

Revision history

  • 2019-09-01: Reworked to avoid pacman seg-fault.
  • 2019-08-30: Added info on Xfce 15.12 ISO.
  • 2019-08-29: Revised to match repo status.
  • 2018-08-12: Initial document.

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Console (tty)

  • Open a console CtrlF4 Note: You can use any F-key between F2 and F6
  • To repeat a previous command in console use and/or to locate the command
  • To edit the command use , , Home and End to navigate the line.

Update process

During an update you will get different messages. If you do not accept a removal or replacement by pressing y the process stops.

  • Accept replacing packages (default is Yes)
  • Accept removing packages (default is No)

Nano editor

  • To delete a line Ctrlk
  • To save and exit F2yEnter)

Console upgrade

Boot your system - Don't login - switch to console (tty) and login as root.



Find an updated mirror which is close to you on, and edit the first entry in /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist - leave /stable/$repo/$arch as it is.


Delete all other lines and save the file

nano /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist


Modify pacman.conf and comment the line SyncFirst = and save the change.

nano /etc/pacman.conf


Package database

Synchronizing databases

pacman -Syy


Install the new keyrings for Arch and Manjaro and populate pacman key database

pacman -S archlinux-keyring manjaro-keyring
pacman-key --populate archlinux manjaro

Core packages

Update core packages

pacman -S pacman-static ca-certificates openssl openssl-1.0 pacman-mirrors

Remove old package

Remove old package versions. If you get dependency errors, repeat the command and add the mentioned packages.

pacman-static -R package-query pamac yaourt

For a 15.12 ISO the following command must be executed

pacman-static -R package-query pamac yaourt pacli update-notifier bmenu gstreamer0.10 gstreamer0.10-base gstreamer0.10-bad gstreamer0.10-good gstreamer0.10-ugly gstreamer0.10-base-plugins gstreamer0.10-bad-plugins gstreamer0.10-good-plugins gstreamer0.10-ugly-plugins wxgtk xfce4-mixer guayadeque manjaro-welcome thunar-archive-plugin qpdfview-ps-plugin qpdfview-djvu-plugin qpdfview plymouth

Edit /etc/mkinitcpio.conf and remove plymouth* from from the HOOKS line then rebuild - use uname -a to finde the correct kernel.

mkinitcpio -p linux41

Conflicting files

Before you begin some files will create conflicts. Commands to remove known conflicts are noted below. You may have different conflicts which needs to be solved before you can update.

rm -f /usr/{lib,lib32}/{*,*,libGLESv*}
rm -f /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/
rm -f /etc/fonts/conf.d/{20-unhint-*,57-dejavu-*}
rm -fr /var/lib/pacman/local/xorg-mkfontscale*
rm -fr /var/lib/pacman/local/ttf-dejavu*
rm -f /usr/bin/mkfontscale
rm -fr /usr/share/licenses/xorg-mkfontscale
rm -f /usr/share/man/mans/mkfontscale*
mv /usr/lib32/ /usr/lib32/


Update the system installing a new LTS kernel - if you are running in virtualbox select the correct guest-modules package based on the kernel selected.

At this point we cannot remove the ca-certificates.crt file because this will break pacman's ability to download from a https enabled mirror. As the version of pacman is an older version it supports the --force argument which we need to replace the file.

pacman-static -Syu linux419 --force

Read the messages - if the default action is Y you can press enter. Otherwise select y to confirm package removal.


You have succesfully upgraded a very old installation.

If you are lucky you won't have graphical issues.


  • remove plymouth
    • remove from mkinitcpio.conf
    • change display-manager command
    • change display-manager (openbox uses the now unmaintained slim)