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Is the wiki missing documentation for a popular software package or coverage of an important topic? Or, is existing content in need of correction, updating, or expansion? Write your requests below and share your ideas...

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General requests

Inaccurate content
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Misleading names
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Poor translations
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Incomplete content
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Dead or broken links
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Pages with misspelled or deprecated templates
Need to fix template or change to new template.

Problem redirects

Note: Redirects should not point to other sites and ones that do sometimes erroneously show up on these pages.

Creation requests

Here, list requests for topics that you think should be covered on ArchWiki. If not obvious, explain why ArchWiki coverage is justified (rather than existing Wikipedia articles or other documentation). Furthermore, please consider researching and creating the initial article yourself (see Help:Editing for content creation help).


How to configure SAMBA PDC + LDAP in Arch Linux? (Moved from another page. Hokstein 19:57, 16 September 2007 (EDT))


Finding information on the install of this program already requires a bit of searching around the net, and then a variety of modifications to get it running correctly. It would be nice to have a good HowTo about the install and setup of Tripwire on Arch. The package is availabe in community.

It has since been removed from [community], it's in the AUR now. -- Karol 21:52, 29 August 2011 (EDT)

Modification requests

Here, list requests for correction or other modification of existing articles. Only systemic modifications that affect multiple articles should be included here. If a specific page needs modification, use that page's discussion or talk page instead and one of the #General requests templates.

As a rolling release,Arch constantly receive update and improvement. Arch wiki have to be updated quickly to reflect the changes.

wireless_tools -> iw

Note: iw isn't on the install media yet

In addition to the net-tools deprecated, commands like iwconfig and iwlist are deprecated too. These should be updated to the appropriate iw commands. The one problem with this is that iw output is sometimes much more verbose.

  • iwconfig -> iw
    • iwconfig wlan0 mode ad-hoc --> iw wlan0 set type ibss
  • iwlist wlan0 scan -> iw dev wlan0 scan

thestinger (talk) 07:06, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Before doing this, I want some one familiar with recent wireless development to confirm if those command can be directly replaced. I did remember that years ago many wireless do not support iw command. -- Fengchao (talk) 14:12, 3 June 2013 (UTC)


Many pages are out of date and I can't even flag them out of date. Should users be warned that pages in this "category" may be really old and abandoned? -- Karol 09:19, 8 October 2011 (EDT)

Perhaps we can create a special template to be included at the top of every article in that category? -- Kynikos 13:41, 8 October 2011 (EDT)

ck-launch-session dbus-launch and friends

We can remove every single mention of ck-launch-session on the wiki - consolekit support has been dropped upstream and Arch is going to drop it from all the other packages too. This was also never actually needed, since a session is already started with pam, and you simply needed to keep the session on the same tty. Using dbus-launch is usually not needed at all, and should be removed almost everywhere too. -- thestinger (talk) 18:56, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

I decided just to get this right once and for all in xinitrc with the xinitrc.d snippet to start dbus, and preserving the session by keeping X on the same tty (which works with both logind and ck). It also avoids all the things that can go wrong with ck-launch-session (dbus being started first, for one). thestinger (talk) 22:24, 24 October 2012 (UTC)
--Fengchao (talk) 01:23, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

udev update

[1] says that "The long deprecated keys: SYSFS=, ID=, BUS= have been removed." (among other changes). Many wiki articles use them in the udev rules.

MediaWiki Visual Editor

References to the Visual editor sandbox should me made on the Wiki and BBS, especially where new users will easily come across it. ~ Filam 16:12, 16 December 2011 (EST)

Move/Merge articles to external wikis

Although French and Finnish have their own wikis, we're still hosting some articles in those languages:

Some users of those wikis should probably be contacted in order to complete the move/merge, replacing those articles with interlanguage links at least on the respective English pages.

-- Kynikos (talk) 16:34, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Add Serbian articles to the list: (Српски), (Srpski). -- Kynikos (talk) 15:22, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

New dependencies for pacman

Some parts of the wiki may need updating, e.g. [2] (the last one in the FAQ). -- Karol 08:39, 20 January 2012 (EST)

There are actually quite a few dependencies that aren't mentioned, since a broken dependency of pacman would also break pacman (can see them all with pactree -l pacman | sort -u | cut -f 1 -d ' '). The packages that would need to be downloaded and extracted would vary depending on which partial upgrade was done. thestinger 15:19, 21 February 2012 (EST)


Instead of flagging all articles still using the old kernel image naming out of date, can we do some mass-renaming? -- Karol 20:55, 20 October 2011 (EDT)

Last week, I found at one article that was using vmlinuz26 in an example for users of non-recent kernel versions. I'm not sure if we would want to keep such an example around, but we may want to decide that before doing a mass rename. And for what it's worth, I don't think it is necessary to keep such antiquated examples around. -- Jstjohn (talk) 20:53, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
Of course I don't know what article you're referring to, but doing a mass-renaming with a bot sounds a bit dangerous, because as you've pointed out there may be exceptions where the old kernel names are still ok. I'm moving this discussion out of Bot requests. -- Kynikos (talk) 14:57, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
The rename is done very long time ago. I am stating to do the following except few places as mentined above.
  • vmlinuz26 to vmlinuz-linux
  • kernel26.img to initramfs-linux.img
  • kernel26-fallback.img to initramfs-linux-fallback.img Done
-- Fengchao (talk) 05:40, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Clearly warn about pacman force option

In pacman page, the FAQ mentioned pacman -S --force when "file exists in filesystem" without warning clearly that --force may break the system. The pacman#Usage should clearly prevent users from using this option. Maybe something like:

Warning: Only use this option when it is recommend in the Arch News

Switch initscripts to systemd on all pages


Now that initscripts no longer are supported, we should change stuff that have information with initscripts to systemd --Toringe (talk) 22:49, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Agree, all initscripts should be converted to systemd. Many old stuff could be removed safely now. -- Fengchao (talk) 01:25, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

polkit rebuild

ConsoleKit support has now been fully dropped from all packages in the repositories. There is no need for ck-launch-session and friends after this moves.

Please use link to General Troubleshooting#Session permissions to replace anything mentioning ck-launch-session, dbus-launch, problems with consolekit/logind, etc.

-- thestinger (talk) 04:40, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

virtualbox-iso-additions & Co. package name changes

I guess virtualbox-iso-additions is now called virtualbox-guest-iso. There are other changes (virtualbox-modules -> virtualbox-host-modules, virtualbox-source -> virtualbox-host-source) but the old names are not used in English articles. There may be some other changes (new names, changes to how things work), I only edited that one thing because I know nothing about virtualbox. If no more edits are needed, feel free to close this request. -- Karol (talk) 08:58, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

Inconsistent block size value for dd command

There are many examples of the dd command on the ArchWiki and they use various values for the block size option. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what value to use. This is exemplified by the Using DD for disk cloning question on Server Fault. I have also collected a few examples from the ArchWiki (see: User:Filam/Block size#Disparate examples). In order to make these examples more consistent I would like to either write Block size or Dd. Then any examples could be replaced by references like the Package management style rules. What do you think of that plan? ~ Filam (talk) 19:45, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Can you give a more explicit example? For instance, how would you change this extract from User-mode_Linux#build_rootfs_image:
1.) First you have to create a single, big file into which you will install Arch Linux. This command creates a single 1 GB file, only containing zeros - should be enough for a basic Arch Linux installation.
dd if=/dev/zero of=rootfs bs=1MB count=1000
-- Kynikos (talk) 12:36, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Use internal links

[3] and [4] list all the full links that should be turned into internal links. -- Kynikos 06:03, 23 March 2012 (EDT)

It's too dangerous to perform this task with a bot. As an alternative, Wiki Monkey provides a function in editor pages that turns external links into internal ones, but still allowing the user to preview the change. -- Kynikos (talk) 07:36, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Use AUR templates

Change explicit AUR links to AUR templates.

It's too dangerous to perform this task with a bot. As an alternative, Wiki Monkey provides two functions in editor pages that turn AUR links (version 1 or 2) into AUR templates, but still allowing the user to preview the change. -- Kynikos (talk) 07:36, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Mkinitcpio hooks update

Search for "pata scsi sata" there are many results. Need to change them to block. See Mkinitcpio#Common hooks. -- Fengchao (talk) 06:32, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

Move openjdk6 to jdk7-openjdk

Developer annourcement: OpenJDK6 packages will be removed by the end of this month.

All users should move to OpenJDK7 based packages jre7-openjdk/jre7-openjdk-headless/jdk7-openjdk (or the Oracle based JRE/JDK from AUR) very soon.

The next OpenJDK7 update will replace openjdk6 on the system.

There are many openjdk6 exist in Arch wiki. All of them should be removed or changed to openjdk7.

compiz and emerald got dropped to AUR


sysvinit also got removed.

I've done some updating (just the English articles), so this is more of a heads-up for anyone taking care of non-English articles or people who would like to double check if I missed something / messed something up. I don't know if e.g. this or this is the right way to approach a situation where 'foo' package is neither in the AUR nor in the repos, but there may be 'foo-git' or 'foo-no-gnome' in the AUR. It seems to clash with ArchWiki:Requests#Use_AUR_templates. I've noticed that if there's a 'foo-git' package in the AUR, when 'foo' gets dropped from the repos, no dev / TU uploads 'foo' package to the AUR - makes sense, but makes updating the wiki harder ;P

I didn't fix Emerald because I don't know which package in the AUR - if any - represents the 'standard Emerald themes'. The link to emerald needs to be updated the sentence rephrased, as it's not in the repos anymore.

Apart from that one edit, I didn't touch compiz, as it needs more extensive editing and I know nothing about it compiz. Sure, I can just remove the parts that are outdated (e.g. referring to the removed package groups) but maybe someone can do a nicer rewrite.

List of recently removed packages / package groups:


-- Karol (talk) 22:53, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

libgl and libgl-dri are no more

Quite a few articles mention these packages. I think that instead of libgl they should point to mesa-libgl or nvidia-libgl. libgl-dri is not provided by any package. -- Karol (talk) 12:47, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Bot requests

Here, list requests for repetitive, systemic modifications to a series of existing articles to be performed by a wiki bot.

Moving pages

Can we have a bot that will move non-English pages and fix i18n links when the English page gets moved/renamed? SSH -> Secure Shell and Cpufrequtils -> CPU Frequency Scaling and the recent examples. -- Karol 10:47, 8 September 2011 (EDT)