Arch terminology

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Arch Terminology/Jargon for newbies

This page is intended to be a page to demystify common terms used among the Arch Linux community. Feel free to add or modify any terms, but please use that particular section's edit option. If you decide to add one, please put it in alphabetical order.

ABS

The Arch Build System (ABS for short) is useful to

  • Make new packages of software for which no packages are yet available
  • Customize/Modify existing packages to fit your needs (enabling or disabling options)
  • Re-build your entire system using your compiler flags, "a la gentoo" (And getting kernel modules working with your custom kernel!)

ABS is not necessary to use Arch Linux, but it is useful.

For more information see the ABS wiki

AUR

PKGBUILD

TU

Trusted User. This is someone who the other TU's have voted into place to manage the AUR and the [community] repository.

TUR

community/[community]

current/[current]

custom/user repository

developer

devfs

/etc/network-profiles

/etc/rc.conf

/etc/rc.d

/etc/rc.local

extra/[extra]

hotplug

hwd

hwdetect

initramfs

initrd

makepkg

package

pacman

pacman.conf

release/[release]

rtfm

Read The Fucking Manual. This is simple message is replied to a lot of new linux/arch users who ask about the functionality of a program, when it is clearly defined in
man program

testing/[testing]

udev

unstable/[unstable]

wiki