This seems a bit like an April Fools' joke, but this is what I was greeted with this morning, when trying to bring my Arch up to date:

:: The following packages should be upgraded first :
:: Do you want to cancel the current operation
:: and upgrade these packages now? [Y/n] 

resolving dependencies...
looking for inter-conflicts...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: package-query: requires pacman<3.5

So what, should I downgrade my pacman before I'm allowed to upgrade it?

2 Answers 2


What this error actually says, is that the version of package-query that's installed depends on a lower version of pacman than the one you're trying to upgrade to.
This can be solved by running pacman -Rs yaourt; pacman -Syu; and then rebuilding yaourt and package-query.

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    Removing yaourt alone didn't remove package-query for me, so I ran pacman -Rs package-query which allowed me to to do a pacman -Syu.
    – chauncey
    Commented Feb 10, 2012 at 12:34

Go here and re-generate a current server list and then copy it.

I actually pasted the new server list at bottom and commented out the existing ones. I am new at this but can help if you need it.

You can also save your old mirrorlist as a backup and create a new one. I had the same problem trying to get pacman to upgrade to 3.5 to install some software that required it. The mirrorlist is located at /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

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    package-query is not in the official repositories: changing the mirror list won't make any difference. As oKtosiTe said, the OP needs to uninstall package-query, update pacman and then rebuild the AUR package.
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 6:09

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