The problem was related to the Xlfe’s update manager icon which is shown in the system tray. This icon turns between gray and red to indicate available updates. I’m not sure what the exact name of this piece of software is, so if anyone knows, please add a tag to this post so people can find the solution if necessary.
It is this icon that hasn’t been working for the past week. User 'Just’s answer led me down the correct path, which was to issue ‘pacman -Syy’ in the admin command prompt. After running this command, the icon turned red and I received a notification that there were roughly 90 updates available.
So, problem solved.
I’m having the strangest issue that has occurred for one and a half weeks now. Whenever I login to my Xfce desktop, or if I open the “Software Updates” application, then there are no updates available.
This is strange because I haven’t updated the computer during this period and I have grown accustomed to seeing updates available every 2-3 days or so. The lack of available updates seems odd. When I look at the package RSS feed from Arch side, they are constantly updated.
Does anyone know what could cause this behavior? I find it difficult to believe that there simply aren’t any updates available or that no packages that are installed on my computer have updated in the past week and a half.
Can anyone recommend possible tools that I could use to determine the cause?
@hm_ Thanks for your reply and the instructions. While they don’t quite solve the problem, they do give a few good ideas.
The root cause why I need a fixed-size disk image is so that I can follow the “Linux From Scratch” -guide. The idea is to build a working Linux instance on the disk image and then use VirtualBox to boot it.
I think I’ll give the ‘dd’ command a try. I’m not sure if VirtualBox can boot the final disk image once it’s ready, but at least I have something to keep me busy meanwhile
I’m having trouble creating a new fixed-size VirtualBox disk image. I can create a new virtual machine just fine, but I cannot create fixed-size disk images. Dynamic disk images work just fine. However, I need a fixed-size disk because I need to mount and manipulate this disk directly from the host.
Running the following command:
vboxmanage createhd --filename LFS.vdi --size 20000 --variant Fixed
gives me the following output:
0%... Progress state: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR VBoxManage: error: Failed to create medium VBoxManage: error: Could not create the medium storage unit 'LFS.vdi'. VBoxManage: error: VHD: cannot set the file size for 'LFS.vdi' (VERR_INVALID_PARAMETER) VBoxManage: error: Details: code VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80bb0004), component MediumWrap, interface IMedium VBoxManage: error: Context: "RTEXITCODE handleCreateMedium(HandlerArg*)" at line 450 of file VBoxManageDisk.cpp
The following applications and versions are in use:
- virtualBox, version 5.1.8-1
- virtualbox-guest-iso, version 5.1.8-1
- virtualbox-host-dkms, version 5.1.8-1
- linux, version 4.8.4-1
- linux-api-headers, version 4.7-1
- linux-headers, version 4.8.4-1
All applications are up-to-date and I have rebooted the host a few times to ensure that most recent updates are in effect.
Any and all help is welcome