Just 2 additional remarks, pacman as a package manager is (directly) irrelevant to the AUR, here and in every distro based on Arch. And Manjaro is not “just Arch but installed with Calamares + theming” so that pacman would fetch Arch packages but:
Although Manjaro is very close to Arch Linux and mostly compatible —being based on Arch Linux itself— it is not possible to access their official repositories for use in Manjaro.
Instead, Manjaro uses its own repositories in order to ensure that any software packages that are accessible, such as system updates and applications, have been fully tested to be compatible and stable before release.
Thank y’all for all of the info, this has got to be the best forum I have ever been on!
I could of sworn that I used reflector on the first install I ever tried on Manjaro, but I must just be remembering wrong.
although it (reflector) would be a nice package to have available
as it can take care of refreshing the mirror lists periodically, automatically
with user specified preferences
… instead of having to do it manually when you find out
(the hard way, when encountering an error)
that the current mirror list isn’t valid anymore for some reason
is pacman-mirrors able to run as a systemd service
or can it be configured to run automatically before any install or update action is requested by a user?