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Pacman -Syu fails because /usr/bin/easy_install exists in filesystem

Now I read on google plus that if you move easy_install out of the bin, it will work, I don't want to do that, why doing that? it's not a solution, it's a hack. I also read this, so I tried

pacman -Syu --ignore filesystem,bash

Still fails, same exact error. I want to know why this is happening, I've been on Mangaro for years and I have never had such an issue, and why Pacman isn't ignoring the filesystem?

Perhaps the solution is just moving easy_install out, but that's like taking pain killers to heal a broken arm. And indeed everything is working after moving easy_install out, but that's not the question, and why easy_install? the silliest and most useless package of all perhaps.

  • It sounds like easy_install is an orphan on your system (it is not owned by any package) which will cause pacman to fail out to avoid overwriting things that it shouldn't touch. How did you get easy_install there? – HalosGhost May 26 '16 at 13:24
  • @HalosGhost frankly i don't know, i mean i remember doing pip instal easy_install but pip doesn't store stuff in usr/bin afaik so really i don't know, I think I'll remove it – Lynob May 26 '16 at 15:07
  • If you used pip as root, it may very well have done so. You can use pacman to check what package on your local system owns a file (see man pacman for how); do so for this file. I suspect you will find that you installed it system-wide through pip, which is a sure-fire way to break things. The solution: uninstall it using whatever tool you used to install it (i.e., pip) and then continue with using pacman normally. – HalosGhost May 26 '16 at 16:40

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