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  1. This thread is dedicated to useful tips on running an Arch install. CCACHE To Help Speed Up Compilation Process When Installing Packages From AUR You need to install ccache package first. For those wondering, ccache is a fast c/c++ compiler which is used to speed up the compilation process. It speeds up recompilation by caching previous compilations and detecting when the same compilation is being done again. It supports C, C++, Objective-C and Objective-C++.
  2. Thought it might be a good idea to have seperate threads thread devoted to articles about particular os's. In this way folk can have easy access to articles they may not normaly come across. Seeing as I use Arch that is what this thread is all about. http://keithcu.com/wordpress/?p=3270 Arch Linux on a HiDPI Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (2013) IF YOU FIND A DECENT RELEVANT ARTICLE PLEASE DO POST
  3. abarbarian

    Window Maker

    GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/ThemesLatest news is WM has an entry in the Arch Wiki its own page no less. https://wiki.archlin...hp/Window_Maker This thread is slightly out of date but is full of useful stuff. Anyone wanting to try out Window Maker on Arch will find these packages useful. https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/windowmaker/ https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/windowmaker-extra/ https://www.archlinu.../any/menumaker/ https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=450&SeB=nd&K=wm&SB=n&SO=a&PP=50&do_Search=Go https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=500&SeB=nd&K=wm&SB=n&SO=a&PP=50&do_Search=Go https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=550&SeB=nd&K=wm&SB=n&SO=a&PP=50&do_Search=Go I have not tried out the "menumaker" package. Instead I brought my main menu up to date with this tip from the WM home site. It is worth the time reading the "Doc's" at the site. https://www.windowmaker.org/docs/installation.html There are some dock apps at the AUR but not all of them run. There are loads and loads of dock apps to be found on the web. Do not be put of by the fact that development on some of them stopped decades ago. I managed to get a 1999 dock app to run though I was told that I really should have made an Arch package out of it first. With a bit of reading up and some minor twiddling I recon most reasonably experienced linux users would be able to find heaps of dock apps and get them running on Arch. From the wiki https://en.wikipedia...ki/Window_Maker To avoid litigation take note Anyone playing with Raspberry Pi's might find this window manager a perfect fit both for its low use of resources and its ease of customisation using simple coding. I am enjoying playing with Window Maker and can heartily recommend it to folk CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO BE TAKEN TO THE RELEVANT INFORMATION POST THEMES GALORE TIP - Shutdown pc -- in post 114. TIP -- Change Docked Icon Behaviour --- in post 115. TIP -- Manual Menu Entry -- in post 116 TIP - Closing windows WMAMIXER New (2015) volume app - very neat. THEMES for WINDOW MAKER Download link in the post Jess Anderson Themes (93) download link in post
  4. https://ostechnix.com/enable-parallel-downloading-in-pacman-in-arch-linux/
  5. abarbarian

    Arch PKGBUILD ?

    Hi I am having a go at making a PKGBUILD on my Arch. At the moment my aim is to make a proper pkgbuild so that I can install the program with pacman on my pc. Yes I know I can try to install the program without doing this but I want to try building a basic package for some experience. I have a few questions and will seek answers on a one by one basis to keep things nice and simple. I have found a .rpm of the program I want to archify. At the .rpm page I can also see a link to the source code and a link to some patches. Here are the links, https://packages.alt.../wmbday/sources https://packages.alt.../wmbday/patches Bear in mind when I say I will ask one question at a time I am a long term Python fan. http://youtu.be/jLKD0Ve8AFw First question, Will the source file contain the patches or will I have to add the patches to the source file to create the pkgbuild ?
  6. So I decided to set up BOINC on me Arch. Of I went to the wiki and followed the instructions. Seemed simple enough. Install the boinc program. Create a boinc group. Add meself to the boinc group. The wiki gives this command which I do not fully understand. # usermod -a -G boinc $(whoami) It is the last part I do not recognise. So I used a different method. Start the boinc.service. So far so good. I checked that I had done all the initial set up, made the group,added members to the group and checked the service was running. Not being a geek I wanted to use the gui option so followed the wiki as below, $ cd ~/ $ ln -s /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg gui_rpc_auth.cfg # chmod 640 gui_rpc_auth.cfg Which does not work. It creates a symlink which does not work and you can not alter the permissions to make it work. So is the wiki is wrong or am I missing something. To get boinc working after the initial set up phase I did , # cd /var/lib/boinc # cp gui_rpc_auth.cfg /home/youruser # cd /home/youruser # chmod 440 gui_rpc_auth.cfg # ls -l gui_rpc_auth.cfg -r--r----- 1 boinc boinc 32 Jul 20 13:04 gui_rpc_auth.cfg That got me a working gui and boinc is running and producing results. I do not want boinc running at full speed or at the default of 60% so I made some changes, I also did this # systemctl enable boinc Which makes boinc run when I boot the pc. I have turned the pc of and on twice and boinc starts and runs without any intervention so it looks like I have a automatically working boinc. So I have a boinc that sort of works but I have questions. As you can see above the "gui_rpc_auth.cfg" in /var/lib/boinc is set at 600. I set the copied file in my home to 440. I could not see why the file neede to be changed so I made it read only. Does the file need to have write permissions ? Boinc starts when I boot and runs. Only for so long , every now and againg it stops and tells me "Suspended comptuer not in use" which is ridiculous as I am working on the pc. I can start it again with "systemctl start boinc" but that is not ideal. When boinc stops I have left it to see if it will restart but as far as I can tell it does not. What can I do to keep boinc running ? Lastly and this is not important but it is puzling. When I first got the gui up viewing the "advanced view" looking at the "disk" tab I had a graphic showing. Now the graphic has disappeared. Where has the graphic gone and can I get it back ? Any comments or help would be most welcome.
  7. Many Linux snobs push the Arch operating system as the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, somemembers of the Arch community (not all of them) can be downright mean and unpleasant to non-users. Not using Arch? Ugh. Peasant! In reality, while Arch is a fine OS (stable and fast), it can be very hard to install and set up, and quite frankly, often not worth the hassle. People have lives to live, and sometimes it is easy to forget that an operating system and associated computer are tools -- not a religion. For the rest of the story: https://betanews.com/2017/06/26/manjaro-linux-arch-gnome-kde-xfce/
  8. Hi folks I have a mystery on my desktop it is a little complicated to explain in words so I have made a short ,less than a minute, screencast of the problem. Basically my windows disappear of the screen.If I move them instead of stopping at the monitor edges,top,bottom, they just keep on going. Where to I have no idea, maybe another dimension perhaps. My monitor is a bit like the Tardis it is bigger than it looks. I have made some progress with the mystery but there is still a problem. Have a looksee here. https://www.dropbox.com/s/j2qxi1233txs16n/mysterydesktopproblem.mkv?dl=0 Programs used Arch Window Maker Vokoscreen ;-)
  9. So I am back up and running with Arch and I need a file manager as I am too lazy to do everything with the cli. I'd like something like SpaceFM where you could open up several panes and drag and drop content across them. Would like the ability to open up a root version for when I need to alter system .configs. Nice to have the ability to open up a terminal from the program. Needs to be light on system use and fast and reliable. Has to be pretty and look good with Window Maker. Any suggestions folks ?
  10. URL: https://www.archlinux.org/news/xorg-server-1171-is-now-available/
  11. abarbarian

    Valgrind .......

    ─><(((“>$ yin valgrind 14/07/14 Password: resolving dependencies... looking for inter-conflicts... Packages (1): valgrind-3.9.0-4 Total Download Size: 6.06 MiB Total Installed Size: 54.77 MiB :: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] y :: Retrieving packages ... valgrind-3.9.0-4-x86_64 6.1 MiB 57.8K/s 01:47 [--------------------------------] 100% (1/1) checking keys in keyring [--------------------------------] 100% (1/1) checking package integrity [--------------------------------] 100% (1/1) loading package files [--------------------------------] 100% error: error while reading package /var/cache/pacman/pkg/valgrind-3.9.0-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz: Truncated input file (needed 14336 bytes, only 0 available) error: failed to commit transaction (libarchive error FF keeps crashing on me and several other programs too. I recon it is a X11 problem so I tried to install valgrind and it will not. I have /var on a separate partition and it has 5 GB free space so space is not a problem. Can anyone tell me what the message means ?? :'(
  12. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Arch-Linux-Is-the-First-Stable-Distro-with-Linux-Kernel-3-10-371457.shtml We are the champions...................of the ..................world.
  13. Rémy Oudompheng wrote: URL: https://www.archlinux.org/news/texlive-2013-update-may-require-user-intervention/ If you don't know what TeX Live even is (Ok......Neither did I) Here is some links to introduce you: Tex Live Wiki Tex Live Arch Wiki Tex Live Users Groups
  14. https://aur.archlinu...es.php?ID=56207 http://translate.goo...X0R4zZZCBNnS7Pw The thing is Arch is not the easiest ride if you are not a geek. So what if you are adventurous and not a fully fledged geekspert and you want to play with Arch. You may need a little help to explore this fascinating os. An that is where PacmanXG comes in. It is a gui for pacman and yaourt. Yes yes I know gui's are for wimps and not real geeksperts but your basic adventurer finds them helpful. I tried out pacmanXG and in the main it works very well. There are a few things that do not work at all. One of the biggest drawbacks I can see to the program is that there seems to be no way to alter the program, ie: no config files to tweak. However the use of the program is straightforward and as you use the program you get to see exactly what is going on. When you click a button you see the commands used and get output almost as if you were using a terminal. This allows you to perform actions easily and learn at the same time. All in all for someone not overly familiar with all the esoterikness of the command line and new to Arch I think this would be a very useful tool. One aspect of the program which is very useful, hmm maybe useful, is that it allows you to see all the programs available for installation as a list and also split into groups such as, games (is that really useful). With information about the program displayed in tabs one of which shows where all the various parts of the program are located, most handy. I think the program is well worth a quick look. Breadcrumbs. The above led me to this fine video about pacmanexpress. The video really impressed me with its presentation. If all program makers made similar quality videos that captured the imagination the world would warm to open source much quicker than it has up to the present. Consider this video with a standard git hub page and you'll see what I mean. http://www.youtube.c...bed/BnEz4VnVgRw The breadcrumbs lead me to repacman which seemed like a very useful tool. Though I am not absolutely sure why. http://translate.goo...&tbb=1&ie=UTF-8 An finally the breadcrumbs led me to these Arch derivatives the funkiest of which is Groovyarcade. http://code.google.com/p/groovyarcade/ An to Cinnarch which is looking for a new name as they are dumping cinnamon and all things Mint and converting to Gnome. http://www.cinnarch.com/about/ Ending up at this very strange Arch derivative whose purpose and forums leave me totally baffled. http://translate.goo...KIRQsfCaqhnt6xA Now I must get going as I have a trancefusion to attend to.
  15. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=arch_2012_linuxdistros&num=1 This shoot out is almost a year old but I thought it would be of interest. I hesitated posting as Arch is not a clear cut winner by any means. Though it does in the main kick Ubuntus butt, well it is more of a playful kick in the pants really.
  16. Just installed ArchLinux on a laptop and it will boot if I start from the install CD and choose "Boot existing OS" option. But I cannot get it to boot any other way. Obviously, Grub is not being detected and the Bios falls back to the boot options menu. When I choose the hard drive from that list it tries but comes back to the list every time. Basic configuration BIOS GPT bios-boot partition in sectors 34-2047 as recommended Can't figure this out and I've been trying most of last night and today. Reading all wiki pages and install guides, searching forums and google. I'm just not asking the right questions! I'm considering re-installing and going UEFI, GPT, EFI System Partition (ESP) but don't want to. Any suggestions?
  17. Just did a fresh install on my desktop workstation. When I boot, the system does not find the bootloader and fails to boot. If I intervene and use the boot selection popup menu in my bios and tell it to boot from the hard disk, it boots fine. The motherboard is bios and the hard drive is partitioned with a GPT, bios-boot partition, and a physical volume containing the volume group and logical volumes. It seems as though Grub did not install to the bios-boot partition correctly. All these steps completed without errors. I am at a loss as to why Grub is not loading correctly.
  18. http://www.chrishaney.com/?linux&release=Arch%202013.02.01 Neat.
  19. abarbarian

    Two Arch os's.

    http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2013/01/everyday-linux-user-review-of-manjaro.html I like the sound of this os and intend giving it a run at some stage. http://manjaro.org/ http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI4MTk There are some brave folk around. Looks an interesting project.
  20. Hi. I have a pc with Debian and Ubuntu where sda3 is free and I want arch on it. I have Debian managing grub 2 on MBR. When I installed Ubuntu on sda2 I made Ubuntu install grub on sda2 and then on Debian I run 'update-grub' and it found Ubuntu and added it to the menu. Now with arch, which method should I follow? Thanks Guillermo
  21. Here's a new release that looks quite promising for a light install and systems with lower resources - Flux Capacity. Edit - actually not so new, latest version 5.30 from Feb 2012, and 4.5 released in March 2011. Torrent link not working but the http download is fast.
  22. From the ArchLinux mailing list:
  23. I just replaced my old HP All-In-One which has been giving me fits for about 3 years. It finally died and let me off the merry-go-round. I got a Brother (they have a huge library of Linux drivers) DCP-7065DN monochrome laser with scan and copy. It sets up easy under Mepis because Brother provides rpm and deb packages with instructions and the Mepis wiki entry is easy to follow. I am now up to installing it on my Arch pure systemd desktop, and even though there is a great ArchWiki entry for this printer, it does not yet apply to systemd. I need to replace all the instances in the file with something designed for the Arch filesystem and systemd, not the in the instructions. Any suggestions about what to use or where to find instructions? I've looked at the systemd homepage and links, the ArchWiki pages associated with systemd and cups, and the mandatory internet search without finding anything really helpful. My best guess, and it is huge guess, in to use /etc/systemd to replace /etc/init.d and /etc/systemd/cups.service to replace /etc/init.d/cups
  24. http://www.thepowerbase.com/2012/09/amazon-blocks-arch-linux-handbook-from-kindle-store/ What a sad twisted sick world the stupid people who run the world have created. Well done retards. :'(
  25. abarbarian

    GNU Screen

    I was recently introduced to ssh'ing recently. I had never used this before and was suprised at how easy it was to set up. So when I came upon this article on GNU Screen I did some further reading. http://www.archlinux.../x86_64/screen/ http://www.gnu.org/software/screen/ This seems like a pretty good tutorial on screen. http://www.rackaid.c...ial-and-how-to/ Whilst the articl itself was interesting several of the comment were of equal interest. To join a screen that is already attached, use: screen -x screenid You can get the screen ID number using list: [root@gigan ~]# screen -list There is a screen on: 29878.pts-6.gigan (Attached) screen -x 29878.pts-6.gigan Will attach you to that screen. Both users have control so be careful. I use this when training or reviewing staff. There is also BYOBU an extra for screen that adds extra functionality. https://aur.archlinu...es.php?ID=28295 http://www.serverwat...-but-Better.htm Screen is available for most distros but I have only included the links for Arch. Happy ssh'ing.
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