General questions as well as install errors

I just got Manjaro, i come from windows and its about time I go to Linux. I have a couple things I’d like to say.
Firstly, every time I try and install a package; in this case Firefox Developer Edition it gives a couple errors, first one:

Could not synchronize databases


failed to retrieve some files

These aren’t the exact errors because I’m writing from my laptop (i currently do not have a browser, and when i did have the Firefox browser which I uninstalled it did not load at all, it was as if there was no internet (i had my Ethernet plugged in with great WiFi and all the other installs worked and I knew my internet worked))

Secondly, is there a way for me to change my cursors and customize them? I don’t particularly like the drag cursor

Furthermore, is pacman the replacement of apt/apt-get?

Penultimately, when I try and uninstall python (i want to reinstall it with apt or whatever the replacement is, because pip was not installed which is the python package manager)

Finally, how can I switch between workspaces - is there a keybind or something? I don’t mean the desktop icon.


The repository mirrors your system is querying seems unresponsive. You can refresh your mirror list to pick faster mirrors with:
pacman-mirrors -f 5

Yes: Cursor themes - ArchWiki

The equivalent rather. apt is the package manager for Debian-based distributions, while pacman is the package manager for Arch-based ones, such as Manjaro.

What’s the question?

The usual shortcut is Ctrl + Alt + direction key. Most desktop environments also provide a way to change graphically.

Hi and welcome :slight_smile:

First of all… take it slow :slight_smile:

Secondly, get a :coffee: and read:

a) [HowTo] become a Manjaro power user when you're a wizard at Windows but a N00b at Manjaro / Linux

b) Manjaro’s wiki and when you are more familiar with everything you can look up further info in Arch’s wiki, Manjaro’s “parent” :family_man_boy:

Happy journey :cowboy_hat_face:

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Welcome to the forum! :wave:

Yes, see pacman/Rosetta - ArchWiki for comparable commands.

We also have our in-house pamac which has similar options as apt. See man pamac or pamac --help for more info. Each action has a separate help option as well; i.e., pamac install --help.

Add/Remove Software is a GUI for pamac and also has plugins for Snap and Flatpak if so desired.

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Heya, thanks for the information - I mustve forgotten to write my python question lol;
when I try and uninstall it it says there are packages which depend on it so it doesnt let me

Okay thanks I’ll check these out :slight_smile:

Ah okay, thanks :slight_smile:

A package being a (required) dependency to another means that the latter cannot work without the former. Thus, if you uninstall the former, you usually warned that the latter shall also be removed.

Regarding python, this package does not contain pip, as that is packaged in python-pip.
Do note that using pip to install Python packages system-wide is not recommended, as they might exist as system packages. This can create conflicts when trying to installing applications that require them. It is thus best to install those Python packages solely for your user instead.

Hello, as I ran the command pacman-mirrors -f 5 in root it gave a couple warnings

WARNING 'Connection: HTTPSConnectionPool(host='', port=443): Max retried exceeded with url: / (Caused by NewConnectionError)

but didnt give an error; should I ignore it? I will try and install my packages now

How would I install python packages without pip using the gui for pamac - what if there is a Pypi package that no one has ever heard of - will that be on there? Pip seems like a reliable install. I can also do pip install --target=local_dir package so it wont be installed everywhere, if that might help

Also, is there a way to customize all the keybinds/most of them?

When installing packages it is stuck on Synchronizing package databases → When I look at terminal I can see it slowly going through some websites and saying Error resolving x: Name or service not known. Will this get faster eventually? I don’t know if it works but its taking a while.
ps: recently ran pacman-mirrors -f 5 in root

This is not among the current list of mirrors. You should remove it from your list.

The same as any other system package. Granted such packages exist, obviously – their name likely starts with python-.

Yes. Most desktops – you still haven’t told yours yet by the way – also provide graphical configuration.

Please provide the full output.

pacman-mirrors has a function to check for internet access. is one of the domains that is used for this test.

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System info:
(im on my laptop so i’m writing this on hand, excuse any typos I make)

   Kernel: 5.13.13-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.10
   more stuff on paramerers but i cant write it all
   Desktop: Xcfe 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel vm: xfwm vt: 7
  type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: B460MD3SH v: N/A serial: <filter> 

what else do you need?

ill try and write some more:

  Info: 6-Core model: Intel Core -5-10500 type: MT MCP
  arch: Comet Lake family: 6 model-id: A5 (165) stepping: 3 microcode: EA
   cache: L2: 12 MiB bogomips: 74427
   Device-1: NVIDIA GP107 [Gefore GTX 1050 Ti] vendor: Micro-Star MSI
    driver: nouveau v: kernal bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c82 class-ID: 0300
    Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.16.1 

is there a way for me to send my clipboard to my laptop so i can just copy terminal?

ill try and edit my list I guess

Why? The three domains are used to identify if your system has internet access or not. If the test fail, it means you don’t have internet access or there is a problem with your DNS.

I’m sorry, but we can all agree that the Arch wiki is a substantially more useful resource.

Considering @caedenph also mentioned failure to sync databases when installing packages, this is likely the main problem. Let’s focus on that.

The simplest would be to paste into a file and transfer the latter with a USB key.

  • No, pamac is.
  • pacman is more like dpkg


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Okay I will copy the output of

inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width

and send it here