Pacman Key issues with Arch Linux on Linode

This note is relevant to running Arch Linux on Linode VMs

If you get asked to import maintainer keys and fail, or if you get package corrupt errors, do the following:

  1. Open the file /etc/pacman.d/gnupg/gpg.conf
  2. Replace the keyserver line with the value: keyserver hkp://
  3. Save and exit
  4. Reset all keys with: pacman-key --init
  5. Populate keys: pacman-key --populate archlinux
  6. Update the system with: pacman -Syy
  7. Upgrade the system with: pacman -Syu

Hope this helps and enjoy your Arch instance on Linode!