GRUB Change after update

Hi Everyone. Just for information. I update my Garuda Dragonized daily. A few days ago GRUB got updated which caused, after a couple of reboots, GRUB Menu to revert back to boring Arch one. I expect this was caused as I ran Pacdiff and allowed an over-write. No nice themed GRUB anymore. I used Snapper to go back a few days and ran updates again, this time running Pacdiff, deleted the new GRUB file.

All good now, Nice GRUB back
Be careful out there.

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Yep, the .pacnew is a generic one from the upstream package.
Does it say "please check and merge"?
Deleting it is not so good either, generally they're compatible, but it's better to... check and merge.

Yes, I've seen merge but it never works. Something about can't find the file or something like that. I would like to merge but it never works.


Maybe I'll try it again next time.

If you are trying to use the pacdiff tool, the error you are encountering may be caused by the fact that the tool calls the vim editor by default, which is not a package Garuda ships with. If you want to use this tool, you can either install vim (be warned: it is not an intuitive editor to use) or run with DIFFPROG=micro pacdiff.

A better tool (in my opinion) is meld, which makes it very easy to see what has changed from one file to the other. Copying over changes you want to keep is trivial. It is very easy to understand what is happening and it is perfect for handling .pac files.

sudo meld /etc/default/grub /etc/default/grub.pacnew

one for all

#   pacdiff : a simple pacnew/pacsave updater

Make alias in ~/.config/fish/

alias pacdif='sudo -H DIFFPROG=meld pacdiff'
( 7/14) Checking for .pacnew and .pacsave files...
.pac* files found:
Please check and merge
( 8/14) Reloading system bus configuration...
( 9/14) Compiling GSettings XML schema files...
(10/14) Updating icon theme caches...
(11/14) Checking which packages need to be rebuilt
(12/14) Updating the desktop file MIME type cache...
(13/14) Performing snapper post snapshots for the following configurations...
==> root: 569
(14/14) Syncing all file systems...

--> Updating AUR packages with paru..
:: Looking for AUR upgrades...
:: Looking for devel upgrades...
:: Pakete nicht im AUR: safesync
es gibt nichts zu tun

Checking for plugin updates
Nothing to install / update

System updated! 🐧

╭─[email protected] in ~ took 25s
🕙 23:57:58
╰─λ pacdif
==> pacnew file found for /etc/default/grub
:: (V)iew, (M)erge, (S)kip, (R)emove pacnew, (O)verwrite with pacnew, (Q)uit: [v/m/s/r/o/q]


pacman-contrib provides the simple pacdiff(8) tool for managing .pac* files. It will search all .pacnew and .pacsave files and ask for any actions on them. It uses vimdiff by default, but you may specify a different tool with

DIFFPROG=your_editor pacdiff

See List of applications/Utilities#Comparison, diff, merge for other common comparison tools.


Thanks all, sorted.


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