VPN Server Pritunl conflicts with file from package

If you’re encountering a file conflict error when attempting to install Pritunl on AlmaLinux, it’s often due to package clashes between the new software and existing files managed by the system’s package manager. The specific error:

file / from install of pritunl-1.30.3354.99-1.el8.almalinux.x86_64 conflicts with file from package filesystem-3.8-6.el8.x86_64

Indicates that the installation process for Pritunl is attempting to overwrite or conflict with files already managed by the filesystem package. This can be addressed by ensuring you use the correct repository configuration for AlmaLinux.

Correct Repository Configuration for Pritunl on AlmaLinux

The error suggests that there might be a mismatch or misconfiguration in your Pritunl repository setup. The provided pritunl.repo file points to a repository intended for Oracle Linux 8:

name=Pritunl Repository baseurl=https://repo.pritunl.com/stable/yum/oraclelinux/8/ gpgcheck=1

For AlmaLinux, you’ll want to ensure that the repository URL is appropriate for your distribution. While the above URL may sometimes work across EL8 derivatives (like CentOS, Oracle Linux, and AlmaLinux), it’s crucial to verify that the Pritunl version you’re trying to install is fully compatible with AlmaLinux and doesn’t conflict with its core packages.

Steps to Resolve

  1. Verify Compatibility: Ensure the version of Pritunl you’re attempting to install supports AlmaLinux. Check the Pritunl documentation or repository for any notes on compatibility.
  2. Adjust the Repository Configuration: If a more suitable repository or a specific AlmaLinux instruction is available, adjust the baseurl in your pritunl.repo file accordingly. If no AlmaLinux-specific repository is provided by Pritunl, the current URL may still be the best option, and the issue might lie elsewhere.
  3. Check for Updates: Ensure your system and all its packages are fully updated before attempting to install Pritunl again. Sometimes, conflicts arise due to outdated packages:bashCopy codesudo dnf update
  4. Consult Documentation: If the problem persists, refer to the Pritunl installation documentation for AlmaLinux. There may be specific steps or workarounds provided.
  5. Seek Support: If you’re still encountering issues, consider seeking support from the Pritunl community or forums. Other users with AlmaLinux may have encountered and resolved similar issues.

By carefully reviewing and adjusting your repository settings and ensuring compatibility with AlmaLinux, you can resolve conflicts and successfully install Pritunl on your system.