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I'm running Manjaro Linux (based on Arch), so I already have very up-to-date system versions of geth and parity.

I want to use my system geth without being forced to download another copy.

Alternately, I may not want to have geth on my system at all, using a parity node with config file:

[parity]
geth = true

and mist --gethpath $(which parity) (but this issue is currently a blocker).

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  • What do you need Mist for if you already have Parity? Just use the Parity Browser instead of Mist. – Afr Sep 26 '17 at 12:35
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The mist GitHub issue Don't force user to download geth #3078 indicates that this is not currently possible.

The workaround is to remove mist's binaries directory, and then recreate it without read and write permissions.

In Linux:

Remove directory: , then:

rm -rf ~/.config/Mist/binaries
mkdir -m 000 ~/.config/Mist/binaries

This will make the binary directory unwritable, and prevent any download.

Note that non-fatal errors are generated:

[2017-09-26 12:37:21.715] [ERROR] ClientBinaryManager - Unable to resolve Geth executable: geth                                                                                               
[2017-09-26 12:37:21.723] [INFO] ClientBinaryManager - Download binary for Geth ...                                                                                                           
[2017-09-26 12:37:21.736] [ERROR] ClientBinaryManager - { Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir '/home/ravi/.config/Mist/binaries/Geth'                                                     
    at Error (native)                                                                                                                                                                         
    at Object.fs.mkdirSync (fs.js:922:18)                                                                                                                                                     
    at Function.sync (/usr/share/mist/resources/app.asar/node_modules/mkdirp/index.js:71:13)
    at Promise.resolve.then (/usr/share/mist/resources/app.asar/node_modules/ethereum-client-binaries/src/index.js:230:14)
    at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:103:7)                                              
  errno: -13,                                                                                  
  code: 'EACCES',                                                                                    
  syscall: 'mkdir',                                                                                                             
  path: '/home/ravi/.config/Mist/binaries/Geth' }

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