I have been using Arch Linux for the past couple of years. Last year, I changed to Manjaro, which is also an Arch Linux based distro. Recently, I came across a problem after I was trying to update the system. Here I will explain the problem that I faced and the solution. In the past, whenever I updated the packages and had any issue I was able to use –force option. This option used to solve almost all of my problems. The recent version of pacman/yaourt does not have the –force option.
Today while I was updating npm I got into a similar situation. The error was as follows:
error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files) npm: /usr/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/utils/stringify-package.js exists in filesystem // lines clipped ... Errors occurred, no packages were upgraded.
I searched the internet for a while then I stumbled upon this issue. It is the solution by n0noob. The solution is to use –overwrite=’*‘.
So the final command would be
sudo pacman -S npm –overwrite=’*’
And this solved my problem. This applies to Arch Linux and other distros based on Arch Linux.
Caution: Use –overwrite=’*’ at your own risk. This command might result in an unusable system. Use it only if you know what you are doing.