Both pacman and powerpill don't seem to be working on my Arch installation. I'm sure my Internet connection is working. The download just starts in powerpill but speed remains zero. In pacman, there's an error saying 'No file address found'.

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Update your mirrorlist file /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist. And run pacman -Sy before trying to install a package. You can use kernel.org's mirrors:

Server = ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch
  • explaining how to update the mirrorlist if pacman is broken would make this even better. Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 2:58
  • updating it? the only thing you should do is adding that line to "/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.conf". After you do that, you can update "pacman-mirrorlist" package with "pacman -Sy pacman-mirrorlist".
    – Utku Demir
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 12:11
  • Except that mirrors.kernel.org is currently down.. so use a different mirror. Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 22:46

It's difficult to give a specific answer without a more detailed error description, however, it does sound like your mirrorlist file is out of date or misconfigured in some way.

I wrote a quick script to update the file without the use of pacman:



sed -i 's/^#//' $MIRRORS_FILE.rank
rankmirrors -n 6 $MIRRORS_FILE.rank > $MIRRORS_FILE

In a nutshell, that script will pull an updated list of mirrors, rank them in order of speed and save the list in your mirrorlist file.

The given url assumes you want mirrors in the United States, using ftp or http, and only IPv4. You can modify that by going to http://www.archlinux.org/mirrorlist and customizing it as you see fit.

Once the script completes, then run

sudo pacman -Syy

and hopefully it works!


By the way, I forgot to mention that powerpill has been deprecated.

  • @jonyamo- Thanks, but my problem here was already solved some time back(I'm sorry for keeping the question open). Since I found your answer quite comprehensive, I hope other people having similar problems will find your answer useful. Thanks.
    – user3496
    Commented Jul 2, 2011 at 12:49

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