- 1 Notice
- 2 Getting Started
- 3 Common Tasks
- 4 System Administration
- 5 Networking
This handbook has only just been started. It's currently a rather bare outline. Please edit it and make it better! Look at the FreeBSD Handbook as a style guide.
Most sections should be a summary, with a link to the main article on the subject.
Arch linux is a lightweight and flexible linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple. There are official packages optimized for the i686 and x86-64 architectures. There is also a community-operated package repository. See the pages in this category
Installing Arch Linux
A few basics on the file system and command line, for people starting Unix/Linux with Arch.
How to change directory:
How to make a directory:
How to remove an (empty) directory:
How to remove a non-empty directory:
rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty /path/to/non_empty/directory
How to list files in a directory:
All files: (except hidden files)
All files: (including hidden files)
All files, hidden files and their properties:
Files with the .avi file extension only:
How to move a file:
mv /path/to/old/file.ext /path/to/new/file.ext
mv /home/archuser/compressed.zip /home/archuser/myfiles/compressed2.zip
How to copy a file:
cp /path/to/file.txt /path/to/copied/file.txt
How to remove a file:
How to show the contents of a file:
How to make a file executable:
chmod +x /path/to/script.sh
How to (search the entire filesystem for) a file called euwfh.avi
find -name euwfh.avi
How to mount a partition:
mount /dev/sdX1 /media/mountpoint
mount /dev/sda1 /media/folder
How to show how much space is left/used on (all mounted) partitions:
How to show all running processes:
How to stop an annoying process called "EvilTrojan":
How to show an unintelligible manual for a program "ultracompressor"
Installing, removing, updating and managing software: pacman
Graphical Desktop Environments
Web browsers, office suites, etc.
Video players, music jukeboxes, photo management, how to get codecs.
CUPS installation and configuration, finding drivers.
Configuration and Tuning
A lot of the configuration of Arch is done in /etc/rc.conf. This may sound daunting , but it is well commented and allows you to set modules for auto-loading and blacklisting, along with daemons and some network configuration. Details on some common configuration (init, cron).
Users and Basic Account Management
Creating and managing users with command-line utilities.
Users are created with
adduser. See Users and Groups for more information.
How networks are set up in Arch.
Mail, web, SSH server installation and configuration.