When installing a package with
pacman, I am seeing:
error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files) station: /usr/bin/station exists in filesystem
How do I tell
pacman to install the package anyway, overwriting the existing file(s)?
Check what package includes the filename:
pacman -Qo filename
If it is another package, then file a bug report: packages which have conflicting files should mark themselves as
pacman to ask if you wish to replace the conflicting package.
If the files don't belong to any package, rename or delete them.
If you're sure you know what you're doing, you can use the
--overwrite option, eg:
pacman -S package-name --overwrite /usr/bin/station
pacman -S package-name --overwrite '*'
The man page says:
--overwrite <glob> Bypass file conflict checks and overwrite conflicting files. If the package that is about to be installed contains files that are already installed and match glob, this option will cause all those files to be overwritten. Using --overwrite will not allow overwriting a directory with a file or installing packages with conflicting files and directories. Multiple patterns can be specified by separating them with a comma. May be specified multiple times. Patterns can be negated, such that files matching them will not be overwritten, by prefixing them with an exclamation mark. Subsequent matches will override previous ones. A leading literal exclamation mark or backslash needs to be escaped.