A corrupted Pacman database usually is caused by sudden power loss when the system is running or during a system update. There is a way to prevent this from happening.
Backup automatically with systemd:
Automated backup In order to keep the back up up-to-date, automation of the aforementioned backup command makes sense.
This can be realized with the tool pakbak-git [AUR]
Pakbak is a bash script that is triggered by a Systemd service once the contents of the /var/lib/pacman/local directory have been changed.
After installing Pakbak, the destination and the number of backups to be kept in rotation can be set.
sudo nano /etc/pakbak.conf
# Backup the database to this folder target_folder = /var/local/pakbak # Define how long backups should be kept keep_days = 5 # Define how many backups should be kept keep_number = 5
The target directory must be created or already exist.
Environment variables in the path, such as $HOME will not be processed.
test if it is working
To test whether the bash script works as expected, you can manually initiate the execution with root privileges:
sudo sh /usr/lib/systemd/scripts/pakbak
Then enable the Systemd service, which is the directory /var/lib/pacman/local automatically monitored for changes:
sudo systemctl enable pakbak.path
Now you will have created regularly: pakbak-year-month-day-220137.tar.xz archives in the path you specified inside config file (target_folder = /var/local/pakbak)
You can easely unpack and replace to /var/lib/pacman/local in case of pamac databse corruption.Connect with us: