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Tar'ing up /var/lib/pacman...

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https://bbs.archlinux.org – It's pacman-optimize - run 'pacman-optimize -h' to get some more info or 'less /usr/bin/pacman-optimize' to get the details.What is tarred==> Tar'ing up /var/lib/pacman... it's the default DBPath.Where -> I think to some temp location and than back ==> Rotating database into place.Check what's inside /usr/bin/pacman-optimize to know for sure.Edit:workdir=$(mktemp -d /tmp/pacman-optimize.XXXXXXXXXX) <snip> bsdtar -czf "$workdir/pacman-db.tar.gz" ./My guess was right, it's creating a temporary tarball in your /tmp. ka (HowTos)