What a lifesaver this was… my ex’s son has an old laptop that Win10 bogged down to the point of not useable and all I had were CD-Rs (no DVD-Rs and USB wouldn’t boot) so I say thank-you, all worked well except octopi wouldn’t start.
I ran it 3 times from the terminal to see what was happening and so I could post the output (which was different every time) but I solved it by changing branch to testing. Octopi now works fine.
Ooops I was a bit quick to write that! It works from a terminal but not from the lxqt start menu and I’m not yet familiar with where to look!
OK… octopi leaves pacman running after it has closed so any instance after the first fails unless the pacman process is killed.
And, VLC didn’t work - it needed sni-qt.