I'm installing Arch Linux, following the instructions at the Beginners' Guide, and got up to running pacstrap -i /mnt base base-devel.

It finishes with the following error:

resolving dependencies...
looking for inter-conflicts...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: virtualbox-guest-modules: requires linux<3.15
==> ERROR: Failed to install packages to new root

What is really weird is that I'm not installing Arch in a virtual machine, I'm setting it up to dual boot on my laptop.

  • does it still happen if you omit base-devel? Arch doesn't just install things on its own, you must have pulled it in somehow. are you sure that's the exact command you typed? – strugee Jun 27 '14 at 17:50
  • It still happens if I omit base-devel. I am installing over a previous Linux distro if that effects anything? – Peter Jun 27 '14 at 17:53
  • it shouldn't affect anything, but there can't be any harm in getting rid of it. is your /home on the same partition as the other distribution? if not, personally I would nuke the filesystem, just to be safe. this is very weird. – strugee Jun 27 '14 at 17:55
  • Well, strangely enough that worked. Thanks! – Peter Jun 27 '14 at 18:06

I was installing arch Linux over a previous Linux installation. Once I'd wiped the filesystem it all worked.

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