- 1 Notice
- 2 Getting Started
- 3 Common Tasks
- 4 System Administration
- 5 Networking
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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
Systemd is used for most administrative tasks.
Users and Basic Account Management
Creating and managing users with command-line utilities.
Users are created with
useradd. See Users and Groups for more information.
How networks are set up in Arch.
Mail, web, SSH server installation and configuration.