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The official Arch Linux IRC channel is #archlinux on the Freenode network.
There are also a number of other channels dedicated to Arch Linux maintained by community members, see


To join the channels, you need an irc client. List of irc clients

/join #archlinux

#archlinux - The official support channel

This is the main channel for Arch Linux. The main topic for the channel is support and general discussion about Arch Linux.

The channel is currently +R. That means that you have to register and identify with the NickServ service before you can talk in the channel.

/msg nickserv help register
/msg nickserv help identify

Channel Rules

  • Follow the guidelines
Freenode network policy.
Freenode channel guidelines.
#archlinux channel guidelines.
  • Client settings and bots
    • If you want to bring a bot into the channel, then ask an operator before you do so.
    • Auto-response in channel or in pm is not allowed. The only exception is 'away' responses at nick highlight. (only allowed in pm)
  • Channelbot usage
    • There is only one official channel bot. 'phrik n=archbot@archlinux/bot/phrik'
    • Try to limit the bot usage in channel. Remember, you can '/query phrik' when the output isn't needed in-channel.
    • No spamming of bot commands.
  • Advertising
    • Advertising is not allowed unless an op has given you permission to do so.
  • Content/links
    • The main topic of the channel is support for and discussion about Arch Linux.
    • Talk about general software and hardware is allowed if it does not interfere with the main topic of the channel.
    • Anything that is not covered by the previous statements is handled on a case-by-case basis at the op's discretion.

Channel Guidelines

The main language of the channel is English. If you need help in another language, see the link above regarding other Arch Linux channels. ( You can also do /query alis list #archlinux* )

The channel topic often contains useful and/or important information. It's good practice to read it from time to time. (You can use /topic to read it if your client doesn't display it)

Don't start flamewars, also avoid the "20 lines of 'foo > bar'" discussions.

Don't feed the trolls, if someone is trolling and/or baiting, then ignore them. Also feel free to notify a channel operator.

Spamming the channel is Bad (with a capital B). Use a pastebin if you have to paste something long (more than 3 lines). Pastie and Codepad are two popular ones within the Arch community. Several pastebin programs exist in the repos, to output the result of a command to a file use program &> program-output.txt.

phrik (the channel bot) is not your personal toy, abusing him is not allowed. If you want to try out commands or look trough the help function, then do it in a /query or /msg. (Example: /query phrik help <command>)

Don't ask to ask, if anyone is alive or if anyone uses something, just state your question.

Help us help you, ask smart questions. It's easier for us to help you when you ask good/smart questions.

Ask for help, don't demand it, if nobody replies, wait for a few minutes before you restate your question. Most questions get answered by "just another user", just like you. Even the devs that frequent the channel do so on their own time, by their own accord, by their own free will.

Don't be shy, feel free to help others, 'everyone' has something to contribute. The channel is a community effort to provide support, and depends on volunteers.

Help us help you, ask smart questions. It's easier to help you when you ask good/smart questions.

Help yourself before you ask. Read the Wiki and man pages, search the BBS and/or Google. Sticking to this method will often get you an answer faster, and you may just happen to learn something from it.

When asking for help, always reply to people that ask you for more information, if you don't know the answer then say so.

Set a good example; be what you want other people to be. If you act like a moron, then people will respond to you as if you were one. The behavior of those already in the channel is also a big influence on those new to the channel. If you want the channel to be a friendly place, then be friendly to others.

List of channel operators

If you for some reason need the help of an op, don't be shy to /q(uery) or /msg us. Here is the list of ops as of 09 June 2009

  • _Caleb_ aka Caleb
  • glguy
  • WizzoMaFizzo aka wizzo
  • tomkx
  • codemac
  • neri
  • Xentac-away aka Xentac
  • supa_user
  • phrakture
  • Xilon
  • MrElendig aka Mion
  • cactus
  • tigrmesh
  • Ghost1227

#archlinux-offtopic - The off-topic channel for Arch Linux

Channel Rules

  • Follow the guidelines
Freenode network policy.
Freenode channel guidelines.
  • Advertising
    • Advertising are not allowed unless an op have given you a permission to do so.
  • Content/links
    • This channel is for any discussions/talk that don't fit in #archlinux, but there are some limits:
    • No porn/warez/drugs/racism or similar.
    • It's an offtopic channel, not act like a moron channel.

List of channel operators

If you for some reason need the help of an op, don't be shy to /q(uery) or /msg us. Here is the list of ops as of 07.11.2008

  • phrakture
  • glguy
  • _Caleb_ aka Caleb
  • WizzoMaFizzo aka wizzo
  • Xilon
  • MrElendig aka Mion
  • cactus
  • Ghost1227

Other useful information

Abbreviations and jargon

Read The Fine Manual (Yes, fine and not f*ing)
Read The Fine Wiki (Yes, fine and not f*ing)
Read The Fine BBS (Yes, fine and not f*ing)
Read The Fine News (Yes, fine and not f*ing)
Usually denotes a repository. Example: "nvidia drivers are in [extra]"
Arch User Community Repository
Arch Build System
less than three -> '<3' -> 'love'
Trusted User
Bulletin Board System -> 'forum'
As Far As I Know
If I Recall Correctly
In My Opinion
For The Win
For The Lose
never mind / forget it
your milage may vary
+b / B& 
Ban / Banned