Out of curiosity, how long did you wait for pamac, before deciding it was frozen?
I ask because I’ve made the same assumption in the past, when it sometimes just takes a minute or two after downloading all packages to continue with upgrades – I think that it’s decompressing the packages when this happens (a visual indication of this would be helpful, but it’s a minor nitpick).
Still, glad you were able to successfully update.
@Anthony I’ve had much more success with pamac (in run-level 3) than pacman, personally, or at least I’ve borked my system a lot less often. LoL