Setup Assistant Installs Nothing

I believe this is still an issue as I am having the same problem as:

I would follow the instructions given, but I don't have a file "pkglist.txt" or see anywhere that Allacrity or the Setup Assistant saved all the packages I selected. Am I missing something?

I assume I can use pacman to install all of these. But I need to be able to create a list, yes, for pacman to read? Or else use pacman one package at a time? No thanks.


Please post

inxi -Faz

And try updating the system, reboot and relaunch the assistant.

image :slightly_smiling_face:


I believe you can use pacman to install each application at a time; the setup assistant basically gives you a more convenient way to install everything you might need in bulk using a pretty GUI, but the same thing can be done very easily manually using pacman.

I actually used this method as my bulk install timed out because my internet speed was too slow (argh!).

You can learn more about pacman using this Arch wiki article.

Here is also a very convenient pacman cheatsheet I use frequently.

Hope this helped and good luck!

PS: If you'd like to create your own list for pacman to make a bulk install manually, you can make your own pkglist.txt, and run pacman -S - < pkglist.txt to do a bulk install of everything in pkglist.txt. Source:

Also, this reply is a work around in case Garuda Setup Assistant isn't working, but if you manage to get it to work, you may disregard this.


Thanks, that was very helpful! I'm new to Arch based distros, but an evening of googling got me close to your suggestions. I did discover that the Add/Remove Software app is Pamac, and that did give a nice gui for the process. I also used pacman for an item or two. However, I didn't know how to make a list. Super helpful.

The biggest issue was: where do I find a list of everything in the Setup Assistant? So... I found the repo on Gitlab, dug through the files, and found the lists Setup Assistant draws from to give the options! Voilà!! Even better, that list had the exact name of the package, as many have multiple versions. I wish I had the info on a package list. Next time! Thanks for the links and info. Very worth reading. :+1:

P.S. I prefer doing these things in the terminal, honestly, as I always like to know what's going on "behind the scenes". Pacman it is from now on. Thanks again!


No worries, I'm glad you found it helpful! I actually didn't know Garuda provides the package names for the packages found in their setup assistant (I had to manually hunted each package name and install them myself >.<). Good on you for digging that up, I learned something new today!

I should also note that you can install multiple packages using pacman without making a list by doing pacman -S [package_1] [package_2] ..., source. Very useful for installing a handful of packages without going through the hassle of listing them in a txt file.

I'm glad you're showing interest in learning how Garuda and Arch based distros work, as I am loving them so far. I hope we can continue to learn many new things moving forward. Cheers!


I have the inxi output in a text file. To whom do I send it? Also, updating and rebooting doesn't help. See my reply above for what I did do to get around the assistant. Thanks!

I believe the standard on this forum is to paste the output of inxi -Faz directly unto your post, with 3 '~' at the beginning and end of the output.


[inxi -Faz output here]

I believe you do not need to do this now since your issue seems to be resolved, but do keep this in mind the next time you post a question on these forums since it greatly helps others read information about your system and thus help you diagnose your issue more easily. Thank you!


Got it. I was wondering if I needed to use the pastebin. Will do the above next time! Cheers!

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Hi there.
I'm glad you found workaround(s) for the initial issue (Setup Assistant not actually installing), but I think it would be nice to solve the problem at its root (not necessarily, of course, just if still interested in that assistant :slight_smile: ).
In the past, sometimes this was also due to pamac-aur not installed, but I see pamac works for you, and things changed recently, so my only suggestion would be to make sure that the system is fully update and try again with the setup assistant (although most likely everything needed will be installed now :slight_smile: )


Nice, but for those coming from non-arch distros, my favourite one is always:


The setup assistant does not work if the installation happens in things like Virtualbox or other devices not having sufficient graphics card. Is that the case here?


I'm more than happy to help resolve the issue. I prefer installing more directly using pacman, or a little indirectly using pamac. But you script should work, it just doesn't. I updated, restarted 3 times, to no avail. Nothing made a difference.

I still have some things to install. I don't care for LibreOffice, so I'm trying to decide what to use. I mostly use google apps, but I'm trying to move away (FAR away) from google and FAANG as they feel too intrusive.

Let me know what steps to take next.

Nope, I don't believe so. I've got Garuda running on a 3 year old Dell Optiplex I bought just off-lease.

I re-ran the inxi just now so you all could have a look:

System:    Kernel: 5.14.3-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen root=UUID=60254b96-9384-4b91-a431-232da024678d 
           rw [email protected] quiet 
           root=/dev/mapper/luks-e677f9ef-6d66-458a-8536-8efc6bea6bef splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 
           vt.global_cursor_default=0 systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3 
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.22.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM 
           Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: Dell product: OptiPlex 5050 v: N/A serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 3 
           serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: Dell model: N/A serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.12.1 date: 05/09/2019 
Battery:   Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech ERGO M575 Trackball serial: <filter> charge: 100% 
           rechargeable: yes status: Discharging 
CPU:       Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-6700 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Skylake-S family: 6 
           model-id: 5E (94) stepping: 3 microcode: EA cache: L2: 8 MiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 54398 
           Speed: 3846 MHz min/max: 800/4000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3846 2: 3827 3: 3902 4: 3837 
           5: 3902 6: 3769 7: 3924 8: 3859 
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
           Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
           Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
           Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
           Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
           Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
           Type: spectre_v2 
           mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
           Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
           Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: TSX disabled 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 530 vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0 
           chip-ID: 8086:1912 class-ID: 0300 
           Device-2: AMD Oland [Radeon HD 8570 / R5 430 OEM / R7 240/340 / Radeon 520 OEM] vendor: Dell 
           driver: radeon v: kernel alternate: amdgpu bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:6611 class-ID: 0300 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: ati,intel,radeon 
           unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa display-ID: :0 screens: 1 
           Screen-1: 0 s-res: 4480x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1182x380mm (46.5x15.0") s-diag: 1242mm (48.9") 
           Monitor-1: HDMI1 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 92 size: 530x300mm (20.9x11.8") diag: 609mm (24") 
           Monitor-2: DisplayPort-1-3 res: 2560x1440 hz: 60 dpi: 105 size: 621x341mm (24.4x13.4") 
           diag: 708mm (27.9") 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 530 (SKL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.1 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 200 Series PCH HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a2f0 class-ID: 0403 
           Device-2: AMD Oland/Hainan/Cape Verde/Pitcairn HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 7000 Series] vendor: Dell 
           driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:aab0 class-ID: 0403 
           Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.14.3-zen1-1-zen running: yes 
           Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
           Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no 
           Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.35 running: yes 
Network:   Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V vendor: Dell driver: e1000e v: kernel port: f040 
           bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15d6 class-ID: 0200 
           IF: enp0s31f6 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.6 TiB used: 14.73 GiB (0.9%) 
           SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital model: WDBRPG5000ANC-WRSN 
           size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD 
           serial: <filter> rev: 111130WD temp: 52.9 C scheme: GPT 
           ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: SK Hynix model: SC308 SATA 256GB size: 238.47 GiB 
           block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> 
           rev: 1P10 scheme: GPT 
           ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital model: WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 size: 931.51 GiB 
           block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 5400 
           serial: <filter> rev: 1A01 scheme: GPT 
Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 292.97 GiB size: 292.97 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.73 GiB (5.0%) fs: btrfs 
           dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0 mapped: luks-e677f9ef-6d66-458a-8536-8efc6bea6bef 
           ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1024 MiB size: 1022 MiB (99.80%) used: 5 MiB (0.5%) fs: vfat 
           dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1 
           ID-3: /home raw-size: 292.97 GiB size: 292.97 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.73 GiB (5.0%) fs: btrfs 
           dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0 mapped: luks-e677f9ef-6d66-458a-8536-8efc6bea6bef 
           ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 292.97 GiB size: 292.97 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.73 GiB (5.0%) fs: btrfs 
           dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0 mapped: luks-e677f9ef-6d66-458a-8536-8efc6bea6bef 
           ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 292.97 GiB size: 292.97 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.73 GiB (5.0%) fs: btrfs 
           dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0 mapped: luks-e677f9ef-6d66-458a-8536-8efc6bea6bef 
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) 
           ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.51 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: radeon temp: 48.0 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:      Processes: 259 Uptime: 3h 7m wakeups: 18 Memory: 15.51 GiB used: 4.62 GiB (29.8%) Init: systemd 
           v: 249 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 12.0.1 Packages: pacman: 1258 lib: 314 
           Shell: fish v: 3.3.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.8 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.06 



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