Arch Linux Handbook: A Simple, Lightweight Linux Handbook by Dusty Phillips

By Dusty Phillips

The Arch Linux Beginner's advisor, has been a aid to hundreds of thousands of recent clients fitting this well known continue it easy Linux distribution. Now in print for the 1st time, this easy light-weight Linux instruction manual is all you must start with Arch Linux.

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Log. See Package Management FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions regarding updating and managing your packages. 62 Part II: Configure&Update the New Arch Linux base system The Arch rolling release model Keep in mind that Arch is a rolling release distribution. This means there is never a reason to reinstall or perform elaborate system rebuilds to upgrade to the newest version. Simply issuing pacman -Syu periodically keeps your entire system up-to-date and on the bleeding edge. At the end of this upgrade, your system is completely current.

At the end of this upgrade, your system is completely current. Reboot if a kernel upgrade has occurred. Network Time Protocol You may wish to set the system time now using OpenNTPD to sync the local clock to remote NTP servers. conf to provide this service at each boot. ) Step 4: Add a user and setup groups UNIX is a multi-user environment. You should not do your everyday work using the root account. It is more than poor practice; it is dangerous. Root is for administrative tasks. Instead, add a normal, non-root user account using the /usr/sbin/useradd program: # useradd -m -G [groups] -s [login_shell] [username] • -m Creates user home directory as /home/username.

Conf each time it is invoked. This configuration file is divided into sections, or repositories. Each section defines a package repository that pacman can use when searching for packages. The exception to this is the options section, which defines global options. conf(5) manpage for option and repository directives # # GENERAL OPTIONS # [options] # The following paths are commented out with their default values listed. # If you wish to use different paths, uncomment and update the paths. log HoldPkg = pacman glibc # If upgrades are available for these packages they will be asked for first SyncFirst = pacman #XferCommand = /usr/bin/wget --passive-ftp -c -O %o %u #XferCommand = /usr/bin/curl %u > %o # Pacman won't upgrade packages listed in IgnorePkg and members of IgnoreGroup #IgnorePkg = #IgnoreGroup = 55 Arch Linux Handbook #NoUpgrade #NoExtract = = # Misc options (all disabled by default) #NoPassiveFtp #UseSyslog #ShowSize #UseDelta #TotalDownload # 56 Part II: Configure&Update the New Arch Linux base system # REPOSITORIES # - can be defined here or included from another file # - pacman will search repositories in the order defined here # - local/custom mirrors can be added here or in separate files # - repositories listed first will take precedence when packages # have identical names, regardless of version number # - URLs will have $repo replaced by the name of the current repo # # Repository entries are of the format: # [repo-name] # Server = ServerName # Include = IncludePath # # The header [repo-name] is crucial - it must be present and # uncommented to enable the repo.

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