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The official Archlinux channel is #archlinux on (what is IRC?). If you have questions that cannot be answered by RTFM, join #archlinux and ask there.

If you like, stay some time to help others by answering some questions yourself. Or even stay permanently :-)

Use the above shown connection data to join with any IRC-client like irssi, XChat, Gaim or ChatZilla. We collect some fortunes on the Wall of Quotes.

Channel Guidelines


  • When you've been served well, stay long & prosper to help others (in the channel and add to Wiki)!


  • Check google, the forums, flyspray and The Wiki before you ask.
  • If you've already found the answers on your own by now, then tell us which docs helped you (not?).
  • Otherwise, if you want good & fast answers, ask smart questions
    • No mind-reading here, state most specifically: expected result(s) first, the ones you get, and then all circumstantial info.
    • Quality of answer won't exceed quality of question, you decide how helpful you are to yourself.


  • This is an English language channel. If this does not suit you, there are a number of Arch channels available for other languages.
  • Just ask your stuff, don't ask if we're "alive"!
  • Wait some time: eventually, someone will answer, don't count on instant reaction.
  • Be supportive: we can't read minds, so be specific! See "smart-questions" above!
    • State your goal first, too, maybe you chose the wrong way.
  • Show commitment: this is not a service hot-line, this is a do-it-yourself environment.
    • Look up references yourself, use existing docs, learn to help yourself.
  • Be patient (with yourself & fellows): answers are favors, not your right.
    • You are supposed to do the actual work, you get advice and pointers.
  • Don't flood the channel by pasting lots of lines (up to 4 lines is ok). If you have to paste a lot of lines:
    • use a nopaste-website and post the URL to #archlinux channel (eg. pastebin).
  • Disable auto-away messages & nick-changes! Use the silent /away feature of your client manually, nothing else!
  • Last, but not least - keep it on topic. This is a support channel and nothing else!
    • This means: no flamewars and no distro-bashing. We respect our competition.

As a bottom-line: if someone asks you to abide these rules, you better do it. Help to keep #archlinux a friendly and supportive place!

Channel Statistics

A typical #archlinux conversation

benny> openbox <3
wizzomafizzo> openbox <3
wizzomafizzo> openbox > *
benny> openbox > fluxbox > * > emacs
wizzomafizzo> I HATE EMACS
benny> emacs sucks
benny> vim ftw
benny> vim > nano > * > ed (HAHAHHAHA) > emacs
wizzomafizzo> vim <3
benny> ed is the standard editor.
benny> emacs is a good OS
benny> but it lacks a good text editor
wizzomafizzo> I use nano for editing little config files and I only use vim for serious stuff, guys.
benny> ruby ftw... perl sucks
benny> cat /dev/urandom >; perl; echo $? => 0 hahahahhahaha
wizzomafizzo> LOL
benny> adobe photoshop cs3 > gimp
wizzomafizzo> urxvt + irssi + screen + openbox + arch + kernel + X-svn ftw <3333333333333333333
benny> does anyone have the latest wine-cvs, I need it for my business... I'm a lead webdeveloper for a big consultation company and I use photoshop cs3 on linux for optimal performance
benny> irssi + screen <3
wizzomafizzo> WTF ARCH DEVS SUCK
benny> WTF, when is kde4 in the repos?
wizzomafizzo> omg arch so unstable they dont test packages!!!!!!!!!!!!
wizzomafizzo> plz test pkgs more asrch
benny> that pharmacist should STFU and drop kde so one wihht serious competence can take over
benny> how do I update kernel?
benny> WHY IS AUR NOT IN pacman!!!!
benny> I packman -s motif-application and it says command not found: ARCH BROKEN, debian no problem! QUESTIONS!
wizzomafizzo> I vote for yaourt and it never goes in community wtf??????
wizzomafizzo> i'm using dpkg in arch so i don't waste all my debs
benny> I install firefox, but I get bon echo. Arch bug, I demand fix immediately!
wizzomafizzo> wtf i hate bon echo >_<
benny> I can't browse with bon echo, what is this... some sort of joke?
wizzomafizzo> i compile my own firefox
benny> firefox <3, bon echo >3
benny> why is swiftweasel not in the repos... I have optimal performance now!
wizzomafizzo> guys i have legitimate problem with weechat
wizzomafizzo> WEECHAT LOL
wizzomafizzo> USE IRSSI