Avoid pacman transaction failures
Whether you are a developer by trade or you are a hobby coder there is nothing more annoying than update issues due to conflicting files and cancelled transactions.
Spend your time coding
As a long time developer - using Arch and Manjaro - I can tell from experience - having your workflow broken is extremely stressing - especially due to system issues.
Issues you could have avoided and I will share with you - how to avoid them.
Spend your time coding instead of fixing system issues.
Users new to Manjaro and development is often trapped with unnecessary problems and issues due to how Manjaro and Arch package management works.
When using Python, NodeJS and JetBrains tools please follow these simple rules and you will steer clear of many system issues which otherwise would have cost you hours to fix.
- Android Studio
- JetBrains tools
Always install system wide packages using pacman
sudo pacman -Syu python-pkgname
sudo pip install package
The above example will create file conflicts when you update your system
ALWAYS use a virtual environment
Install a virtual environment using pacman - one example is
sudo pacman -Syu python-virtualenvwrapper
Then source the wrapper script in your .bashrc or .zshrc or on the commandline
Use commands like
Cd to your project folder and run your scripts - install the python packages needed etc.
To set your python environment for my-project
workon my-project pip install numpy
When you are done
Never install nodejs and npm using pacman
You will inevitable run into file conflicts on system updates.
Never install node packages using sudo
If you install nodejs using pacman you are forced to install node packages using sudo which will create file conflicts.
NEVER USE sudo npm
sudo npm install -g gulp sudo npm install http
Always use NVM
NVM is node version manager - which runs node in your home folder - and you can install and run different versions of nodejs - something that is impossible using the package manager - where you will always be forced to use a specific version
nvm.sh project on Github
curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.35.2/install.sh | bash
nvm install node
ALWAYS DO install node packages - even global packages - using commands like this
npm install -g gulp npm install http
Android Studio is based on IntelliJ - the core fo all JetBrains tools.
Download the archive from the developer.android.com website.
Unpack the archive in your home and run the launcher script from the unpacked bin folder.
You can install JetBrains tools from AUR - but they are installed into
/opt and thus requires superuser when the tool informs you that updates are available.
Use JetBrains web.
Always download the archive from JetBrains web. The following rules will relieve you of many issues you could otherwise get because of the
/opt folder is readonly.
If you are a toolbox user the best you can do is to download the toolbox. Unpack the archive and run the toolbox. You can then download the apps and they will be installed in ~/.local/share/JetBrains folder.
If you are using a single app e.g. PyCharm Community - download the archive and unpack it in your home. Cd into the folder and run the app’s launcher script from the