Indeed yes, ha, thank you and for the command. I always thought there was a cache but was searching for it and came across that folder with strangely only about a dozen hardware drivers in it (as pkg.tar.zst files, yes) and moved on.
Maybe this is related to pkgfile coming up as “degraded” in systemctl as specified in my last post.
True to this problem, I go to Pamac’s Add/Remove GUI program and type ‘gvfs’ in the search, and a bunch of packages (namely gvfs-afc, gvfs-gphoto2, (…)-mtp, (…)-nfs and (…)-smb) appear in the dropdown list. But when I click them there’s nothing, the interface/window is blank. Also when I open the Pamac History only those dozen drivers are shown with the three packages that I installed manually (tor, torsocks, tcpdump) as expected.
Note those three manually installed applications are not in the folder you specified (/var/cache/pacman/pkg/) either.
So maybe it is normal behavior. Interesting. I remember looking at the list on a fresh install in the past, and realized it showed the date I installed Manjaro on my computer. Maybe that only appeared after running a db update.
Will report back, for sake of curiosity. Thanks again!