Pacman: updates stuck at "checking inter-conflicts" while updating

Pacman is always stuck at ‘checking inter-conflicts’ while updating the software.
I just installed Manjaro xfce 21.1.6 today and ran the updates first time.

The update process just stays at ‘checking inter-conflicts’ and doesn’t move forward from there even after 30-45 mins.
Please help me here…

It’s never happened to me but others have had similar issues. Maybe try one the solutions provided:


Problem mysteriously disappeared after a couple of restarts. I didn’t do anything special. Just restarted twice out of frustration… and tadaaa… problem disappeared …

I am puzzled how it is resolved … and of-course happy that the problem disappeared.