Beginners' guide (Indonesia)
- 1 Pendahuluan
- 2 Dapatkan ISO terbaru
- 3 Instalasi sistem dasar
- 3.1 Boot CD Arch Linux
- 3.2 Mengganti keymap
- 3.3 Memulai instalasi
- 3.4 Select Packages
- 3.5 Install Packages
- 3.6 Configure The System
- 3.7 Install Kernel
- 3.8 Install Bootloader
- 4 Configuring the base system
- 5 Update, Sync and Upgrade the system with pacman
- 6 Installing and configuring Hardware
- 7 Installing and configuring X
- 8 Create /etc/X11/xorg.conf
- 9 Installing and configuring a Desktop Environment
- 9.1 Install Fonts
- 9.2 GNOME
- 9.3 KDE
- 9.4 Xfce
- 9.5 *box
- 9.6 fvwm2
- 10 HAL
- 11 Useful Applications
- 12 Multimedia
- 12.1 Video Player
- 12.2 Audio Player
- 12.3 Codecs and other multimedia content types
- 12.4 CD and DVD Burning
- 12.5 TV-Cards
- 12.6 Digital Cameras
- 12.7 USB Memory Sticks / Hard Disks
- 13 Maintaining the system
- 14 Polishing & Further information
Segala hal yang ingin kamu tanyakan tentang instalasi Arch Linux, tapi takut untuk menanyakannya.
Dokumen ini akan membimbing kamu dalam menginstalasi dan mengkonfigurasi Arch Linux. Walau petunjuk ini ditujukan untuk membimbing kamu mendapatkan sistem Arch yang terkonfigurasi seluruhnya (desktop environment, menonton DVD/Video, mendengarkan musik, Internet, mail) namun tidak berisi langkah-langkah terperinci untuk memperoleh sistem yang lengkap. Petunjuk ini difokuskan pada beberapa langkah-langkah penting/dasar saja; jika kamu ingin bahasan yang lebih dalam kamu bisa mengunjungi Arch Linux Wiki atau Arch Linux Forums. Kamu juga bisa membaca The Arch Way untuk mengetahui prinsip-prinsip dasar Arch Linux.
Harap disadari bahwa instalasi Arch Linux mungkin sangat berbeda dengan distro lain yang pernah kamu coba, khususnya bagi pemula. Sistem Arch Linux dibangun oleh pengguna, dari installer, sampai base system dengan hanya menggunakan shell bash dan beberapa tools dasar sistem saja. dari command line, kamu dapat menambahkan paket dari Arch repositories menggunakan pacman melalui sambungan internet, sampai sistem kamu sesuai dengan kebutuhanmu. Dengan hal ini kamu akan mendapatkan sistem yang fleksibel, sesuai pilihan dan dapat kamu kendalikan karena kamu sendiri yang membangunnya, kamu akan mengetahui apa yang ada di dalam sistem kamu.
Jika kamu merasa ada yang kurang dari wiki ini silahkan ditambahkan, atau kamu bisa juga mengunjungi forum Arch ini [http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=29055 yang ditujukan untuk pemula.
Selamat datang di Arch! Mari kita mulai :)
Dapatkan ISO terbaru
Kamu dapat mengunduh rilis Arch resmi terbaru dari www.archlinux.org/download/.
Sangat direkomendasikan untuk memilih base-CD, untuk beberapa alasan.
- Waktu/bandwidth yang dibutuhkan lebih sedikit untuk kamu dan server,
- Paket di versi full mungkin nantinya akan ada yang konflik ketika kamu melakukan update.
- Base system lebih mudah dan cepat untuk up-to-date, dan,
- Petunjuk ini lebih ditujukan untuk installasi dari base-CD.
Instalasi sistem dasar
Boot CD Arch Linux
Masukkan CD dan boot dari CD-ROM, kamu mungkin perlu mengganti urutan boot pada bios komputer kamu (biasanya dengan menekan F11 atau F12).
Beberapa pilihan pada saat booting Arch Linux CD yang dapat kamu gunakan:
- ide-legacy jika IDE drive kamu bermasalah.
- noapic acpi=off pci=routeirq nosmp jika sistem kamu hangs ketika boot.
- memtest86+ if jika kamu ingin memeriksa memorimu.
Pilih "Arch Linux Installation / Rescue System". Jika kamu ingin merubah opsi boot tekan e.
Tekan enter di welcome screen. Jika keyboard kamu non-US tekan
pada prompt dan pilih keymap yang sesuai.
Contoh(untuk keymap norwegia) :
Pada console keymap screen pilih
Pada console font screen pilih
Memilih "default8x16.psfu.gz" sebagai font console adalah pilihan aman.
Pada console ketikkan
lalu tekan enter untuk memulai instalasi.
Pilih sumber instalasi
Pilih CD jika kamu menggunakan base atau full (current) ISO, atau pilih FTP jika kamu menggunakan FTP ISO.
Menyiapkan Hard Drive
Pada menu pilihann,pilih "Prepare Hard Drive". Hati-hati, jika memilih "Auto-prepare", seluruh hard drive mu akan dihapus. Pada contoh ini,kita memilih opsi mengatur partisi hard drive secara manual. Pilih "2. Partition Hard Drives", pilih hard drive yang kamu inginkan (/dev/sdx), dan buatlah beberapa partisi.
Sebuah partisi adalah bagian dari hard disk yang tampil sebagai ruang yang terpisah, dan dapat ditambahkan ke dalam sistem Arch Linuxmu. Partisi hard disk terbagi ke dalam "Primary", "Extended", dan "Logical". Sebuah partisi "primary" dapat diboot. Jumlah maksimalnya 4. Jadi, jika kamu menggunakan sebuah PC dengan drive SATA, partisi "primary" pertama dikenal sebagai sda1. Partisi "primary" kedua dreferensikan sebagai sda2, kemudian sda3 dan sda4. Jika terdapat lebih dari 4 partisi "primary", maka yang terpaksa digunakan untuk partisi ini adalah "extended", yang dimana partisi ini menampung partisi "logical".
Partisi extended bersifat sebagai "penampung" untuk partisi logical. Partisi logical harus berada dalam partisi extended. Contohnya, ketika mempartisi, kita dapat melihat penomoran partisi dengan memberi nomor sda1-3 pada partisi primary, diikuti dengan nomor sda4 pada partisi extended, kemudian membuat partisi logical dengan penomoran sda5,sda6 dst.
Banyak user memiliki pendapat yang berbeda-beda mengenai bagaimana cara terbaik untuk mempartisi hard disk. Yang perlu diketahui adalah bahwa syarat minimal adalah adanya satu partisi primary yang dijadikan sebagai root Filesystem ( / ) dan satu partisi lagi sebagai swap. Beberapa pilihan lain untuk dipasang pada partisi yang berbeda adalah /boot (yang secara garis besar menampung kernel) dan /home (menampung data user). Adalah ide yang bagus untuk memisahkan root (/) dan /home pada partisi yang berbeda. Ini memungkinkan untuk melakukan instlasi kembali sistem Arch Linux mu, atau distro lainnya, sementara itu data-data dan konfigurasi desktop environment tetap terjaga.
Pada contoh ini, kita akan meletakkan root (/), /home dan swap pada partisi yang berbeda.
Sebuah partisi swap adalah tempat dalam hard disk yang dapat menampung "virtual ram". Partisi swap digunakan ketika jumlah RAM yang dibutuhkan melebihi daya tampung dari memori RAM yang dimiliki mesin anda.
Mengenai ukuran dari partisi swap ini, terdapat beberapa pendapat. Jika kapasitas memory RAM anda besar (lebih besar dari 1024 MB), anda bisa saja tidak menggunakan partisi swap sama sekali. Namun ada pula yang mengusulkan menyediakan ruang bagi partisi swap sebesar 2 kali kapasitas memory RAM mesin anda. Sementara itu ada yang mengusulkan ruang yang dialokasikan tidak lebih dari 1024 MB.
Mari kita mulai dari membuat sebuah primary partition. Partisi ini akan menjadi tempat bagi root. Pilih New -> Primary, kemudian tentukan ukuran yang anda inginkan (ukuran yang umum adalah 4 hingga 8 GB). Letakkan partisi ini pada bagian pertama disk anda. Pilih partisi baru ini dan jadikan partisi ini "Bootable".
Tambahkan partition for your home directory. Untuk partisi ini, pilihlah partisi primary lainnya dan tentukan ukurannya sesuai dengan kebutuhan anda. Ukuran ini tergantung dengan apa yang akan anda simpan dalam partisi tersebut.
Terakhir, ciptakan partisi ketiga yaitu partition for swap. Pilihlah ukuran antara 512 MB dan 1 GB (sebagai contoh dalam tutorial ini), dan ganti tipenya menjadi 82 (Linux swap / Solaris).
Inilah hasil dari pengaturan partisi (ukuran akan tergantung pilihan anda).
Name Flags Part Type FS Type [Label] Size (MB) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- sda1 Boot Primary Linux (4096 - 8192) sda2 Primary Linux (> 100) sda3 Primary Linux swap / Solaris (512 - 1024)
Pilih write dan ketikkan yes. Hati-hati, langkah ini akan menghapus data dari hard disk anda jika sebelumnya anda menindih atau menghapus partisi yang ada. Pilih Quit untuk meninggalkan bagian konfigurasi partisi.
Pilih Done untuk keluar dari menu ini dan kita lanjutkan pada "Set Filesystem Mountpoints".
Set File system Mountpoints
A few brief words about filesystems and "file systems":
Technically, and for accuracy, a filesystem is a data format for information throughput, whereas a "file system" (notice the space) is a term referring to the layout of all files and directories on a given system. (In our case, the hierarchical UNIX file system.) Therefore, when you are asked if you want to create a filesystem, you are being asked if you want to format the particular partition... but when you are asked for mount points, you are providing where the given partition will reside in your Arch Linux "file system". Let's begin.
First you will be asked for your swap partition. Choose the appropriate partition (sda3 in this example). You will be asked if you want to create a swap filesystem; select yes. Next, choose where to mount the / (root) directory (sda1 in the example). You will be asked what kind of filesystem you want.
Again, ask two people which filesystem to choose and you will get five different answers. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a very brief overview of supported filesystems.
1. ext2 - Old, reliable GNU/Linux filesystem. Fast, and very stable, but without journaling.
2. ext3 - Essentially the ext2 system, but with journaling support. Slightly slower than ext2 and other filesystems. Extremely stable and the most widely used, supported, and developed.
3. ReiserFS - Hans Reiser's high-performance journaling FS uses a very interesting method of data throughput. ReiserFS is very fast, especially when dealing with many small files. ReiserFS is quite well established and stable.
4. JFS - IBM's Journaling FS. JFS is quite well established, fast, and stable.
5. XFS - is a fast journaling filesystem which is best suited for large files, greater than 1 GB in size. Slower with small files. Quite stable.
A major difference is journaling (something similar to transaction logs in database environments). All filesystems except ext2 use journaling. ext3 is completely compatible with ext2, so you can mount it even with very-old rescue CDs. A safe choice for the root partition is ext3. ReiserFS, XFS, and JFS are also OK to use because GRUB (the boot manager which we will install later) can boot from them too. Create the filesystem (format the partition) by selecting yes. You will now be prompted to add any additional partitions. In our example, only sda2 is remaining. Choose a filesystem type and mount it as /home. Again, create the filesystem and choose Done. Return to main menu.
Now we shall select packages to install in our system. Choose CD as source and select the appropriate CD drive if you have more than one. Since this guide is geared toward a base installation, choose the base category (keeping all base packages selected is a safe choice). If you chose the current ISO rather than the base ISO, it is up to you if you want to select more packages, but we will show you later how to install additional, up-to-date software more easily, rather than installing and reinstalling. (Since the install CD you are using has been created, there are no doubt numerous updates available for packages contained therein, and installing additional up-to-date software via pacman will be covered below.) If you are sure you will not be needing certain packages (for instance, a filesystem type you don't need, ISDN, or PPPoE support), feel free to remove them from the base package selection.
Step forward to "Install Packages".
Ini adalah tahapan termudah, karena semua proses berjalan secara otomatis. Buatlah secangkir kopi dan tunggu sampai proses instalasi selesai (tekan tombol "Continue" jika diperlukan). Minumnya jangan kelamaan, karena instalasi sistem dasar Arch Linux hanya berberapa menit saja :P .
Configure The System
Anda akan ditanyakan apakah ingin agar hwdetect mengumpulkan informasi untuk konfigurasi anda. Opsi ini sangat direkomendasikan untuk dipilih. Sekarang anda akan ditanyakan apakah anda butuh support untuk booting dari perangkat USB, perangkat FireWire, perangkat PCMCIA, jaringan NFS, software RAID arrays, LVM2 volumes, and encrypted volumes. Pilih Yes jika anda mebutuhkannya; dalam contoh ini, tidak ada yang diperlukan. Sekarang anda akan ditanya penyunting teks mana yang ingin anda pilih, nano atau vi/vim. Sekarang Anda akan menemukan menu yang penting untuk mengkonfigurasi sistem anda. Kami hanya melakukan perubahan kecil disini. Jika anda ingin tahu opsi apa saja yang terdapat di rc.conf, tekanlah Alt+F2 untuk masuk shell, dan kembali ke installer dengan Alt+F1.
- Ubah LOCALE anda jika diperlukan (Misalnya: "de_DE.utf8") (Lokal ini harus sesuai pada /etc/locale.gen. Lihat di bawah ini.)
- Ubah zona waktu anda jika diperlukan pada TIMEZONE (e.g. "Asia/Jakarta")
- Ubah KEYMAP anda jika diperlukan (e.g. "de-latin1-nodeadkeys")
- Tambahkan bagian MODULES jika anda modul penting yang tidak otomatis diaktifkan oleh hwdetect
- Ubah HOSTNAME anda
- Ubah pengaturan jaringan anda:
- Don't modify the lo line
- Adjust the IP address, netmask and broadcast address if you are using a static IP
- Set eth0="dhcp" if you have a router which dynamically assigns an IP address
- If you have a static IP set the gateway address to the one of your router and remove the ! in front of the ROUTES entry
Anda tak perlu mengubah baris daemons saat ini, tapi penting untuk menjelaskan ini, karena kita membutuhkannya di bagian lain panduan ini. mirip dengan service pada Windows, daemon adalah program yang berjalan background untuk melayani program. Salah satu contoh adalah webserver yang menunggu request untuk mengirimkan halaman atau server SSH yang menunggu orang untuk masuk. Selain daemon yang berupa aplikasi yang terlihat nyata layanannya, ada berberapa daemon yang bekerja tanpa terlihat. Contohnya ada daemon yang menulis pesan pada file log (misalnya: syslog, metalog), ada daemon yang menurunkan frekuensi CPU anda jika tak ada yang perlu dilakukan, dan daemon yang menyajikan anda login grafis (misalnya: gdm, kdm). Semua program ini dapat ditambahkan ke baris daemons dan akan dijalankan saat sistem mulai. Daemon-daemon penting akan disajikan dalam panduan ini.
Gunakan Ctrl+X untuk keluar dari editor.
Tambahkan hostname yang Anda tambahkan pada rc.conf sebelumnya:
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost yourhostname
Format ini, termasuk entri 'localhost' , diperlukan untuk kompatibilitas. Biasanya menambahkan hostname di akhir baris ini terbilang cukup. Namun, sebagian pengguna merekomendasikan:
127.0.0.1 yourhostname.domain.org localhost.localdomain localhost yourhostname
Jika anda menggunakan IP statik, tambahkan baris lain menggunakan sintaks: <ip-statik> hostname.domainname.org hostname, e.g.:
192.168.1.100 yourhostname.domain.org yourhostname
/etc/fstab, mkinitcpio.conf and modprobe.conf
Kita tidak perlu mengubah mkinitcpio.conf, or modprobe.conf saat ini. mkinitcpio mengatur ramdisk (misalnya: booting dari RAID, partisi terenkripsi), dan modprobe dapat digunakan untuk mengatur berberapa konfigurasi khusus pada modul-modul).
Jika anda berencana menggunakan HAL daemon untuk mengautomatisasi pengaitan partisi-partisi, perangkat optik, perangkat USB, dll, Anda mungkin berkeinginan untuk mengubah /etc/fstab dengan menghilangkan tanda pagar (#) pada entri untuk cdrom, floppy, and dvd.
/etc/resolv.conf (for Static IP)
If you use a static IP, set your DNS servers in /etc/resolv.conf (nameserver <ip-address>). You may have as many as you wish.
Jika anda menggunakan router, Anda mungkin ingin mengarahkan server DNS ke router anda (dimana juga merupakan gateway anda di /etc/rc.conf), misalnya:
Selanjutnya, tambahkan server-server yang anda inginkan satu-per-satu. Misalnya:
nameserver 188.8.131.52 nameserver 184.108.40.206
Choose the locale(s) you need (remove the # in front of the lines you want), e.g.:
en_US ISO-8859-1 en_US.UTF-8
(Your locale must coincide with the one specified in /etc/rc.conf above.)
Finally, set a root password and make sure that you remember it later. Return to the main menu and continue with installing a kernel.
Not many choices here; choose v2.6 and continue. You may want to switch your kernel later. A fallback image will be created, keeping mkinitcpio as it is shown as a safe choice. Continue with installing a bootloader.
Because we have no secondary operating system in our example, we will need a bootloader. GNU GRUB is the recommended bootloader. Alternatively, you may choose LILO. The shown GRUB configuration (/boot/grub/menu.lst) should be sufficient. The only thing you may want to alter is the resolution of the console. Add a vga=<number> to the first kernel line. (A table of resolutions and the corresponding numbers is printed in the menu.lst.)
title Arch Linux (Main) root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/sda1 ro vga=773 initrd /boot/kernel26.img
The "vga=773" argument will give a 1024x768 framebuffer with 256 color depth.
Exit the install and type reboot.
If everything goes well, your new Arch Linux system will boot up and finish with a login prompt (you may want to change the boot order in your BIOS back to booting from hard disk).
Congratulations, and welcome to your shiny, new Arch Linux base system!
Configuring the base system
Your new Arch Linux base system is now a functional GNU/Linux operating system ready for customization. From here, you may build this elegant set of tools into whatever you wish or require for your purposes! Let's begin.
Login with your root account. We will configure pacman and update the system as root, then add a normal user.
nano -w /etc/pacman.conf
and remove the # in front of the "Include = /etc/pacman.d/community" and "[community]" lines to enable Arch's community repository, which offers many useful applications. Now edit /etc/pacman.d/community and move the mirrors which are located nearest to you up (if you use nano, Alt+A starts selecting an area, cursor down marks the lines, Ctrl+K cuts the selected area and Ctrl+U uncuts it). Repeat this for all files in /etc/pacman.d/.
Configuring the network (if necessary)
If everything went fine, you should have a working network. Try to ping www.google.com to verify this.
ping -c 3 www.google.com
If you have successfully established a network connection, continue with "Update, Sync and Upgrade the system with pacman".
If, after trying to ping www.google.com, you get an "unknown host" error, you may conclude that your network is not configured. You may choose to double-check the following files for integrity and proper settings:
/etc/rc.conf # Specifically, check your HOSTNAME= and NETWORKING section
/etc/hosts # Double-check your format. (See above.)
/etc/resolv.conf # If you are using a static IP. If you are using DHCP, this file will be dynamically created and destroyed by default, but can be changed to your preference. (See Network.)
Advanced instructions for configuring the network can be found in the Network article.
Check your Ethernet with
where you should see an entry for eth0. If required, you can set a new static IP with
ifconfig eth0 <ip address> netmask <netmask> up
and the default gateway with
route add default gw <ip address of the gateway>
Check to see if /etc/resolv.conf contains your DNS server and add it if it is missing. Check your network again with ping www.google.de. If everything is working now, adjust /etc/rc.conf as described in section 2.6 (static IP). If you have a DHCP server/router in your network try
If this is working, adjust /etc/rc.conf as described in section 2.6 (dynamic IP).
Wireless Setup (TODO) Simplify and generalize it, link only for more-advanced stuff
To be able to use a Hayes-compatible, external, analog modem, you need to at least have the ppp package installed. Modify the file /etc/ppp/options to suit your needs and according to man pppd. You will need to define a chat script to supply your username and password to the ISP after the initial connection has been established. The manpages for pppd and chat have examples in them that should suffice to get a connection up and running if you're either experienced or stubborn enough. With udev, your serial ports usually are /dev/tts/0 and /dev/tts/1. Tip: Read Dialup without a dialer HOWTO.
Instead of fighting a glorious battle with the plain pppd, you may opt to install wvdial or a similar tool to ease the setup process considerably. In case you're using a so-called WinModem, which is basically a PCI plugin card working as an internal analog modem, you should indulge in the vast information found on the LinModem homepage.
Setting up ISDN is done in three steps:
- Install and configure hardware
- Install and configure the ISDN utilities
- Add settings for your ISP
The current Arch stock kernels include the necessary ISDN modules, meaning that you won't need to recompile your kernel unless you're about to use rather odd ISDN hardware. After physically installing your ISDN card in your machine or plugging in your USB ISDN-Box, you can try loading the modules with modprobe. Nearly all passive ISDN PCI cards are handled by the hisax module, which needs two parameters: type and protocol. You must set protocol to '1' if your country uses the 1TR6 standard, '2' if it uses EuroISDN (EDSS1), '3' if you're hooked to a so-called leased-line without D-channel, and '4' for US NI1.
Details on all those settings and how to set them is included in the kernel documentation, more specifically in the isdn subdirectory, and available online. The type parameter depends on your card; a list of all possible types can be found in the README.HiSax kernel documentation. Choose your card and load the module with the appropriate options like this:
modprobe hisax type=18 protocol=2
This will load the hisax module for my ELSA Quickstep 1000PCI, being used in Germany with the EDSS1 protocol. You should find helpful debugging output in your /var/log/everything.log file, in which you should see your card being prepared for action. Please note that you will probably need to load some USB modules before you can work with an external USB ISDN Adapter.
Once you have confirmed that your card works with certain settings, you can add the module options to your /etc/modprobe.conf:
alias ippp0 hisax options hisax type=18 protocol=2
Alternatively, you can add only the options line here, and add hisax to your MODULES array in the rc.conf. It's your choice, really, but this example has the advantage that the module will not be loaded until it's really needed.
That being done, you should have working, supported hardware. Now you need the basic utilities to actually use it!
Install the isdn4k-utils package, and read the manpage to isdnctrl; it'll get you started. Further down in the manpage you will find explanations on how to create a configuration file that can be parsed by isdnctrl, as well as some helpful setup examples. Please note that you have to add your SPID to your MSN setting separated by a colon if you use US NI1.
After you have configured your ISDN card with the isdnctrl utility, you should be able to dial into the machine you specified with the PHONE_OUT parameter, but fail the username and password authentication. To make this work add your username and password to /etc/ppp/pap-secrets or /etc/ppp/chap-secrets as if you were configuring a normal analogous PPP link, depending on which protocol your ISP uses for authentication. If in doubt, put your data into both files.
If you set up everything correctly, you should now be able to establish a dial-up connection with
isdnctrl dial ippp0
as root. If you have any problems, remember to check the logfiles!
These instructions are relevant to you only if your PC itself is supposed to manage the connection to your ISP. You do not need to do anything but define a correct default gateway if you are using a separate router of some sort to do the grunt work.
Before you can use your DSL online connection, you will have to physically install the network card that is supposed to be connected to the DSL-Modem into your computer. After adding your newly installed network card to the modules.conf/modprobe.conf or the MODULES array, you should install the rp-pppoe package and run the pppoe-setup script to configure your connection. After you have entered all the data, you can connect and disconnect your line with
respectively. The setup usually is rather easy and straightforward, but feel free to read the manpages for hints. If you want to automatically dial in on boot-up, add adsl to your DAEMONS array.
Update, Sync and Upgrade the system with pacman
Now we will update the system using pacman, the package manager of Arch Linux. Pacman is fast, simple, and extremely powerful. It manages your entire package system and allows installation, package removal, package downgrade (through cache), custom compiled package handling, automatic dependency resolution, and much more.
Update, sync, and upgrade your entire new system with:
pacman will now fetch the latest information about available packages and perform all available upgrades. (You may be prompted to upgrade pacman itself at this point. If so, say yes, and then reissue the pacman -Syu command when finished.)
Take note as to whether a kernel upgrade is occurring!
If the kernel is upgraded, modules such as nvidia will be rendered inoperable, since the new, upgraded versions will be built against the newer kernel, and your system is currently using an older one. A reboot will be necessary.
The beauty of the rolling release
Keep in mind that Arch is a rolling release distribution. This means there is never a reason to reinstall or perform elaborate system rebuilds to upgrade to the newest version. Simply issuing pacman -Syu periodically keeps your entire system up-to-date and on the bleeding edge. At the end of this upgrade, your system is completely current.
Get familiar with pacman
Pacman is the Arch user's best friend. It is highly recommended to study and learn how to use the pacman tool. Try:
Check out the bottom of this article, and look up the pacman wiki entries at your leisure.
Add a user and setup groups
You should not do your everyday work using the root account. It is more than poor practice; it is dangerous. Root is for administrative tasks. Instead, add a normal user account using:
While most default options are safe to use, you may want to add at least audio and wheel to your additional groups. Audio allows your user to use the audio card, while wheel allows switching to the root account with su. Other groups to be added, (separated by a comma) include:
- disk - for managing disks, including USB flash drives and such
- storage - for managing storage devices
- video - for managing video tasks
- optical - for managing tasks pertaining to the optical drive(s)
- floppy - for access to a floppy if necessary
- lp - for managing printing tasks
You may also consider adding optical to your additional groups to enable CD/DVD recording from your user account.
See the Groups article to understand what groups you need to be a member of. You may also add your user to the desired groups like so, (as root):
usermod -aG audio,video,floppy,lp,optical,network,storage,wheel USERNAME
Installing and configuring Hardware
Configure the audio card
Your audio card should already be working, but you can't hear anything because it is muted by default. Install the alsa-utils
pacman -S alsa-utils
and use alsamixer to adjust the channels:
Unmute the Master and PCM channels by scrolling to them with cursor left/right and pressing M. Increase the volume levels with the cursor-up key. (70-90 Should be a safe range.) Leave alsamixer by pressing ESC and store the settings with
If you plan on using a desktop environment such as GNOME or KDE and would prefer that alsa remember your settings when you change them, do not execute the above command--your volume settings will be remembered automatically. Add alsa to your DAEMONS section in /etc/rc.conf to automatically restore the mixer on boot-up.
DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network crond alsa)
Configuring CPU frequency scaling
Modern processors can decrease their frequency and voltage to reduce heat and power consumption. Less heat leads to a quieter system; even a desktop system will benefit from it. Install cpufrequtils with
pacman -S cpufrequtils
and add cpufreq to your daemons in /etc/rc.conf. Edit the config file /etc/conf.d/cpufreq and change
which dynamically increases the CPU frequency if needed (which is a safe choice on desktop systems too). Alter min_freq and max_freq to match your system's CPU spec. If you don't know the frequencies, run cpufreq-info after loading one of the frequency scaling modules. Add the frequency scaling modules to your /etc/rc.conf modules line. Most modern notebooks and desktops can simply use the acpi-cpufreq driver, however other options include the p4-clockmod, powernow-k6, powernow-k7, powernow-k8, and speedstep-centrino drivers. Load the module with
and start cpufreq with
For more details, see Cpufrequtils
Additional tweaks for laptops
ACPI support is needed if you want to use some special functions on your notebook (e.g. sleep, sleep when lid is closed, special keys...). Install acpid
pacman -S acpid
and add it to the daemons in /etc/rc.conf (acpid). Start it with
More-specific information about Arch Linux on various Laptops can be found at Category:Laptops (English)
Installing and configuring X
The X Window System (commonly X11, or just simply X) is a networking and display protocol which provides windowing on bitmap displays. It provides the standard toolkit and protocol to build graphical user interfaces (GUIs) on Unix-like operating systems.
X provides the basic framework, or primitives, for building GUI environments: drawing and moving windows on the screen and interacting with a mouse and/or keyboard. X does not mandate the user interface — individual client programs handle this.
Now we will install the base Xorg packages using pacman.
As root, do:
pacman -S xorg-server xorg-xkb-utils xorg-xauth xorg-server-utils xorg-xinit xf86-video-vesa xf86-input-mouse xf86-input-keyboard
(The old xorg group package has been removed. If it reappears, the option to use it will be given here.) Now we have the base packages we need for running the X Server. You should add the driver for your graphics card now (e.g. xf86-video-<name>). If you need a list of all open-source video drivers, do:
pacman -Ss xf86-video | less
If you don't know what graphics card you are using, do:
lspci | grep VGA
Here is a list of open source drivers, and corresponding video chipsets.
- xf86-video-apm Alliance ProMotion video driver
- xf86-video-ark ark video driver
- xf86-video-ati ati video driver
- xf86-video-chips Chips and Technologies video driver
- xf86-video-cirrus Cirrus Logic video driver
- xf86-video-dummy dummy video driver
- xf86-video-fbdev framebuffer video driver
- xf86-video-glint GLINT/Permedia video driver
- xf86-video-i128 Number 0 i128 video driver
- xf86-video-i740 Intel i740 video driver
- xf86-video-i810 Intel i810/i830/i9xx video drivers
- xf86-video-imstt Integrated Micro Solutions Twin Turbo vidoe driver
- xf86-video-mga mga video driver (Matrox Graphics Adapter)
- xf86-video-neomagic neomagic video driver
- xf86-video-nv nvidia nv video driver
- xf86-video-rendition Rendition video driver
- xf86-video-s3 S3 video driver
- xf86-video-s3virge S3 Virge video driver
- xf86-video-savage savage video driver
- xf86-video-siliconmotion siliconmotion video driver
- xf86-video-sis SiS video driver
- xf86-video-sisusb SiS USB video driver
- xf86-video-tdfx tdfx video driver
- xf86-video-trident Trident video driver
- xf86-video-tseng tseng video driver
- xf86-video-unichrome Unichrome video drivers
- xf86-video-v4l v4l video driver
- xf86-video-vesa vesa video driver
- xf86-video-vga VGA 16 color video driver
- xf86-video-via via video driver
- xf86-video-vmware vmware video driver
- xf86-video-voodoo voodoo video driver
- Note that the vesa driver is the most generic, and should work with almost any modern video chipset. If you cannot find a suitable driver for your video chipset, vesa should work.
- If you have an nVIDIA or ATI video adapter, you may wish to install the proprietary nVIDIA or ATI drivers. Installing proprietary video drivers is covered below under "Using proprietary Graphics Driver (nVIDIA, ATI)"
Install the appropriate video driver for your video card/onboard video. e.g.:
pacman -S xf86-video-i810
(for the intel 810 chipset driver.)
What is /etc/X11/xorg.conf?
/etc/X11/xorg.conf is the main configuration file for your X Window System, the foundation of your Graphical User Interface. It is a plain text file ordered into sections and subsections. Important sections are Files, InputDevice, Monitor, Modes, Screen, Device, and ServerLayout. Sections can appear in any order and there may be more than one section of each kind, for example, if you have more than one monitor, say a video projector and an on board LCD of a notebook.
By default, you will not have an Xorg config file, and with the newest versions of Xorg, you don't need one if the autodetection works satisfactorily and you don't need to turn on features such as aiglx and so on. Most people will still find that they need to generate a config file, however.
There are several ways of creating /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
- The Xorg way to make a basic config file is to run
which will create /root/xorg.conf. Move the generated config file as appropriate, e.g.
mv /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
- Another way of making an xorg.conf without getting your hands dirty is Arch Linux's own developer tpowa's tool:
hwd -xa hwd (to see the various options)
- The proprietary video drivers also have tools to edit xorg.conf to configure the drivers (see below). These are
However, you should not be a stranger to editing the config file by hand (as this is usually needed to fix various issues from time to time):
Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to specify your video driver. e.g.:
Section "Device" Driver "i810"
Simple baseline X test
At this point, you should have xorg installed, with a suitable video driver and an /etc/X11/xorg.conf configuration file. If you want to test your configuration quickly, before installing a complete desktop environment, install xterm. Xterm is a very simple terminal emulator which runs in the X Server environment. Xterm will allow us to effectively test if your video driver and /etc/X11/xorg.conf are properly configured. Alternatively, you may wish to test if the X autodetection works satisfactorily, in the absence of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
pacman -S xterm
Edit your /home/username/.xinitrc file, as normal user, to dictate which X Server event is called upon with the 'startx' command:
and add (or uncomment)
So that it looks like this:
#!/bin/sh # # ~/.xinitrc # # Executed by startx (run your window manager from here) # exec xterm # exec wmaker # exec startkde # exec icewm # exec blackbox # exec fluxbox
(Be sure to have only one uncommented line in your ~/.xinitrc ) If you do not have ~/.xinitrc, simply create one with the above information.
Start X Server as normal user, with:
You should have an xterm session open up. You can exit the X Server with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, or by typing "exit". If you have problems starting X, you can look for errors in the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and on the console output of the console you started X from.
Now you might want to install a graphical login manager (to avoid having to type startx everytime you start the computer) like GDM or KDM, but this could wait, and advanced instructions for Xorg configuration can be found in the Xorg article.
Adjusting Keyboard Layout
You may want to change your keyboard layout. To do this edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add these lines in the Input Section (keyboard0) (the example shows a German keyboard layout with no dead keys; alter this to fit your needs).
Option "XkbLayout" "de" Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
Adjusting Mouse for scroll wheel
While your mouse should be working out of the box, you may want to use your scroll wheel. Add this to your Input Section (mouse0):
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
If you have a modern USB mouse with several thumb buttons and/or functions, you will most likely want to install the evdev mouse driver, which will allow you to exploit the full functionality of your mouse:
pacman -S xf86-input-evdev
Load the driver:
Find your mouse name:
cat /proc/bus/input/devices | egrep "Name"
Using the mouse name, configure your /etc/X11/xorg.conf InputDevice section accordingly, e.g.:
Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Evdev Mouse" Driver "evdev" Option "Name" "Logitech USB-PS/2 Optical Mouse" Option "CorePointer" EndSection
You must have only one "CorePointer" device specified in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, so be sure to comment out any other mouse entries until you feel safe removing the old, unused entries.
Also edit the ServerLayout section to include Evdev Mouse as the CorePointer, e.g.:
Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Layout0" Screen 0 "Screen0" InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard" InputDevice "Evdev Mouse" "CorePointer"
Using proprietary Graphics Driver (nVIDIA, ATI)
You may choose to use the proprietary video drivers from nVIDIA or ATI.
nVIDIA Graphic Cards
The nVIDIA proprietary drivers are generally considered to be of excellent quality, and offer superior 3D performance.
Before you configure your Graphics Card you will need to know which driver fits. Arch currently has 3 different drivers that each match a certain subset of Cards:
1. nvidia-71xx for very old Cards like TNT and TNT2
2. nvidia-96xx slightly newer cards up to the GF 4
3. nvidia newest GPUs after the GF 4
Consult the nVIDIA-Homepage to see which one is for you. The difference is only for the installation; Configuration works the same with every driver.
Install the appropriate nvidia driver, e.g.:
pacman -S nvidia
At this point, you have 3 choices as to how to proceed.
- 1. If you have no xorg.conf at all, or if you have an existing xorg.conf and want to generate a completely new one with the nVIDIA utility, back up the old one:
mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.old
Then create the new /etc/X11/xorg.conf with
The nvidia-xconfig utility will usually create a very short, streamlined, easy-to-read xorg.conf
It also has several options which will further specify the contents and options of the xorg.conf file. For example,
nvidia-xconfig --composite --add-argb-glx-visuals
For more detailed information, see nvidia-xconfig(1).
- 2. Expert Option: If you have an existing xorg.conf and want to keep it, edit your xorg manually as needed, and at the very least, adjust your Device Section by changing Driver "<olddrivername>" to Driver "nvidia".
Section "Device" Driver "nvidia"
- 3. Alternatively, you may choose to keep your existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and run:
which will automatically update your /etc/X11/xorg.conf for use with the nVIDIA proprietary driver.
Some useful tweaking options in the device section are (beware that these may not work on your system):
Option "RenderAccel" "true" Option "NoLogo" "true" Option "AGPFastWrite" "true" Option "EnablePageFlip" "true"
The nvidia-xconfig utility will automatically place the glx option in your xorg. If you did not use nvidia-xconfig, then you should add this to your module section:
Double check your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to make sure your default depth, horizontal refresh, vertical refresh, and resolutions are acceptable.
Logout and login.
Start X server as normal user, to test your configuration:
Advanced instructions for nvidia configuration can be found in the NVIDIA article.
ATI Graphic Cards
ATI owners have two options for drivers. If you are unsure which driver to use, please try the open-source one first. The open-source driver will suit most needs along with being generally less problematic.
Install the proprietary ATI Driver with
pacman -S fglrx
Install the open-source ATI Driver with
pacman -S xf86-video-ati
Currently, the performance of the open-source driver is not on par with that of the proprietary one. It also lacks TV-out, dual-link DVI support, and possibly other features. On the other hand, it supports Aiglx and has better dual-head support.
Advanced instructions for ATI configuration can be found in the ATI wiki.
Installing and configuring a Desktop Environment
If you ask two people what the best Desktop Environment or Window Manager is, you will get six different answers.
- If you want something full-featured and similar to Windows and Mac OSX, KDE is a good choice
- If you want something more minimalist, which follows the K.I.S.S. principle more closely, GNOME is a good choice
- If you have an older machine or want something lighter, xfce4 is a good choice, still giving you a complete environment
- If you need something even lighter, openbox, fluxbox or fvwm2 may be right (not to mention all other lightweight window managers like windowmaker and twm).
- If you need something completely different, try ion, wmii, or dwm.
At this point, you may want to install some good-looking fonts, before installing a desktop environment/window manager. Dejavu and bitstream-vera are nice font sets. For websites, you may want to have the Microsoft fonts too. Install with:
pacman -S ttf-ms-fonts ttf-dejavu ttf-bitstream-vera
The GNU Network Object Model Environment. The GNOME project provides two things: The GNOME desktop environment, an intuitive and attractive desktop for end-users, and the GNOME development platform, an extensive framework for building applications that integrate into the rest of the desktop.
Install GNOME with
pacman -S gnome
If you want a more-than-complete GNOME distribution with a lot of extras, do:
pacman -S gnome-extra
It's safe to choose all packages shown.
Useful DAEMONS for GNOME
Recall from above that a daemon is a program that runs in the background, waiting for events to occur and offering services. The hal daemon, among other things, will automate the mounting of disks, optical drives, and USB drives/thumbdrives for use in the GUI. The fam daemon will allow real-time representation of file alterations in the GUI, allowing instant access to recently installed programs, or changes in the file system. Both hal and fam make life easier for the GNOME user.
You may want to install a graphical login manager. For GNOME, the gdm daemon is a good choice. Install gdm with
pacman -S gdm
You will almost certainly want the hal and fam daemons.
Start hal and fam:
Add them to your /etc/rc.conf DAEMONS section, so they will start on bootup:
DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network crond alsa hal fam gdm)
(If you prefer to log into the console and manually start X in the 'Slackware tradition', leave out gdm.)
This file controls what occurs when you type 'startx'.
Edit your /home/username/.xinitrc to utilize GNOME:
Uncomment the 'exec gnome-session' line so that it looks like this:
#!/bin/sh # # ~/.xinitrc # # Executed by startx (run your window manager from here) # #exec xterm #exec wmaker # exec startkde exec gnome-session # exec icewm # exec blackbox # exec fluxbox
If you do not have a ~/.xinitrc file, simply create it with the above information. Remember, you must have only one uncommented line in your ~/.xinitrc.
Switch to normal user:
And test it with:
You may want to install a terminal and an editor. I would recommend gnome-terminal (part of the group gnome-extra) and geany:
pacman -S geany gnome-terminal
Advanced instructions for installing and configuring GNOME can be found in the Gnome article.
You may find the default GNOME theme and icons not very attractive. A nice gtk theme is murrine. Install it with
pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine
and select it with System->Preferences->Theme. You can find more themes, icons, and wallpaper at Gnome Look.
The K Desktop Environment. KDE is a powerful Free Software graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of UNIX-like operating systems.
Arch offers several versions of kde: kde, kdebase, and KDEmod. Choose one of the following, and continue below with "Useful KDE DAEMONS":
1.) Package kde is the complete, vanilla KDE, ~300MB.
pacman -S kde
2.) Package kdebase is a slimmed-down version with less applications, ~80MB.
pacman -S kdebase
3.) Lastly, KDEmod is an Arch Linux exclusive, community-driven system which is modified for extreme performance and modularity. The KDEmod project website can be found at http://kdemod.ath.cx/. KDEmod is extremely fast, lightweight and responsive, with a pleasing, customized theme.
To install KDEmod in 5 easy steps, just follow these installation instructions... Note: Before you start, please remember to read all of the install messages. They are fairly comprehensive and should solve any upcoming questions after the installation. If you cant scroll back to see all messages, just take a look into /var/log/pacman.log
- 1. Add the kdemod repo to your /etc/pacman.conf:
Add one of these entries at the top of your server list:
[kdemod] Server = http://kdemod.ath.cx/repo/current/i686
for 32 bit Arch, or
[kdemod] Server = http://kdemod.ath.cx/repo/current/x86_64
for 64 bit Arch.
- 2. You must also activate the [community] repository in /etc/pacman.conf because KDEmod needs some packages from this repository. Make sure the following lines are uncommented:
[community] Include = /etc/pacman.d/community
- 3. Update your package database with pacman -Syu. Now you can choose between two installations:
pacman -S kdemod - installs a light base system pacman -S kdemod-complete - installs the full KDE desktop
If you encounter any errors or conflicts at this step, check pacmans output, and if there are some unsolvable problems, tell us about them at the forums.
- 4. Install your localization. Take a look at the list of packages or simply do a pacman -Ss kdemod-kde-i18n to see which of them are already included.
- 5. Install all the extra apps you want. You can check out all available KDEmod packages by entering pacman -Sl kdemod
Useful KDE DAEMONS
KDE will require the hal (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and fam (File Alteration Monitor) daemons. The kdm daemon is the K Display Manager, which provides a graphical login, if desired.
Recall from above that a daemon is a program that runs in the background, waiting for events to occur and offering services. The hal daemon, among other things, will automate the mounting of disks, optical drives, and USB drives/thumbdrives for use in the GUI. The fam daemon will allow real-time representation of file alterations in the GUI, allowing instant access to recently installed programs, or changes in the file system.. Both hal and fam make life easier for the KDE user, and are installed when you install KDE.
Start hal and fam:
Edit your DAEMONS section in /etc/rc.conf:
Add hal and fam to your DAEMONS section, to start them on bootup. If you prefer a graphical login, add kdm as well:
DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network crond alsa hal fam kdm)
(If you prefer to log into the console and manually start X in the 'Slackware tradition', leave out kdm.)
This file controls what occurs when you type 'startx'.
Edit your /home/username/.xinitrc to utilize KDE:
Uncomment the 'exec startkde' line so that it looks like this:
#!/bin/sh # # ~/.xinitrc # # Executed by startx (run your window manager from here) # #exec xterm #exec wmaker exec startkde # exec gnome-session # exec icewm # exec blackbox # exec fluxbox
If you do not have a ~/.xinitrc file, simply create it with the above information. Remember, you must have only one uncommented line in your ~/.xinitrc.
Switch to your normal user:
Now try starting your X Server:
Congratulations! Welcome to your KDE desktop environment on your new Arch Linux system! You may wish to continue by viewing Post Installation Tips, or the rest of the information below. Advanced instructions for installing and configuring KDE can be found in the KDE article.
Xfce is a Desktop Environment, like GNOME or KDE. It contains a suite of apps like a root window app, window manager, file manager, panel, etc. Xfce is written using the GTK2 toolkit and contains its own development environment (libraries, daemons, etc) similar to other big DEs. Unlike GNOME or KDE, Xfce is lightweight and designed more around CDE than Windows or Mac. It has a much slower development cycle, but is very stable and extremely fast. Xfce is great for older hardware.
Install xfce with
pacman -S xfce4 xfce4-goodies
If you use kdm or gdm a new xfce session should have appeared. Alternatively, you can use
Advanced instructions for installing and configuring Xfce can be found in the Xfce article.
Fluxbox © is yet another windowmanager for X. It's based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code. Fluxbox looks like blackbox and handles styles, colors, window placement and similar things exactly like blackbox (100% theme/style compability).
Install Fluxbox using
pacman -S fluxbox fluxconf
If you use gdm/kdm a new fluxbox session will be automatically added. Otherwise, you should modify your user's .xinitrc and add this to it:
More information is available in the Fluxbox article.
Openbox is a standards compliant, fast, light-weight, extensible window manager.
Openbox works with your applications, and makes your desktop easier to manage. This is because the approach to its development was the opposite of what seems to be the general case for window managers. Openbox was written first to comply with standards and to work properly. Only when that was in place did the team turn to the visual interface.
Openbox is fully functional as a stand-alone working environment, or can be used as a drop-in replacement for the default window manager in the GNOME or KDE desktop environments.
Install openbox using
pacman -S openbox obconf obmenu
Once openbox is installed you will get a message to move menu.xml & rc.xml to ~/.config/openbox/ in your home directory:
mkdir -p ~/.config/openbox/ cp /etc/xdg/openbox/rc.xml ~/.config/openbox/ cp /etc/xdg/openbox/menu.xml ~/.config/openbox/
In the file "rc.xml" you can change various settings for Openbox (or you can use OBconf). In "menu.xml" you can change your right-click menu.
To be able to log into openbox you can either go via graphical login using KDM/GDM or startx, in which case you will need to edit your ~/.xinitrc (as user) and add the following:
For KDM there is nothing left to do; openbox is listed in the sessions menu in KDM.
Useful programs for openbox are:
- PyPanel or LXpanel if you want a panel
- feh if you want to set the background
- ROX if you want a simple file manager and desktop icons
More information is available in the Openbox article.
FVWM is an extremely powerful ICCCM-compliant multiple virtual desktop window manager for the X Window system. Development is active, and support is excellent.
Install fvwm2 with
pacman -S fvwm
fvwm will automatically be listed in kdm/gdm in the sessions menu. Otherwise, add
to your user's .xinitrc.
Note that this stable version of fvwm is a few years old. If you want a more recent version of fvwm, there is a fvwm-devel package in the unstable repo.
Since you have now installed a desktop environment now would be a good time to also install HAL. HAL allows plug-and-play for your mobile phone, your iPod, your external HD's, etc. It will mount the device and make a nice visual icon on your desktop and/or in 'My Computer', allowing you to access the device after you have plugged it in instead of having to manually configure the /etc/fstab file or udev rules for each and every new device.
KDE, GNOME and XFCE uses HAL.
This section will never be complete. It just shows some good applications for the everyday user.
The ever-popular Firefox web browser is available through pacman. Install with:
pacman -S firefox
Be sure and install 'flashplugin', 'mplayer', 'mplayer-plugin', and the 'codecs' packages for a complete web experience:
pacman -S flashplugin mplayer mplayer-plugin codecs
(The codecs package contains codecs for Quicktime and Realplayer content.)
Thunderbird is useful for managing your emails. If you are using GNOME you may want to take a look at Epiphany and Evolution; if you are using KDE Konqueror and KMail could be your choice. If you want something completely different you can still use Opera. Finally, if you are working on the system console - or in a terminal session - you could use various text-based browsers like ELinks, Links and Lynx, and manage your emails with Mutt. Pidgin (previously known as Gaim) and Kopete are good instant messengers for GNOME and KDE, respectively. PSI and Gajim are perfect if you are using only Jabber or Google Talk.
OpenOffice is a complete office suite (similar to Microsoft Office). Abiword is a good, small alternative word processor, and Gnumeric an Excel replacement for the GNOME desktop. KOffice is a complete office suite for the KDE Desktop. GIMP (or GIMPShop) is a pixel-based graphics program (similar to Adobe Photoshop), while Inkscape is a vector-based graphics program (like Adobe Illustrator). And, of course, Arch comes with a full set of LaTeX Programs.
VLC Player is a multimedia player for Linux. To install it, simply type the code below.
pacman -S vlc
(TODO) Instructions for VLC mozilla plug-in
MPlayer is a multimedia player for Linux. To install it, simply type the code below.
pacman -S mplayer
It also has a Mozilla plug-in for videos and streams embedded in web pages. To install it, simply type the code below.
pacman -S mplayer-plugin
If you use KDE, KMplayer is a better choice. It comes with a plug-in for videos and streams embedded in web pages, which works with Konqueror. To install it, simply type the code below.
pacman -S kmplayer
(TODO) GMPlayer instructions
Totem is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on xine-lib or GStreamer (gstreamer is the default which installs with the arch totem package). It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation. It comes with added functionality such as:
- Video thumbnailer for the file manager
- Nautilus properties tab
- Epiphany / Mozilla (Firefox) plugin to view movies inside your browser
- Webcam utility (in development)
Totem-xine is still the better choice if you want to watch DVDs.
Totem is part of the gnome-extra group; the Totem webbrowser plugin isn't.
To install separately:
pacman -S totem
To install the Totem webbrowser plugin:
pacman -S totem-plugin
Kaffeine is a good option for KDE users. To install it, simply type the code below.
pacman -S kaffeine
Exaile is a music player written in Python that makes use of the GTK+ toolkit.
Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.
Rhythmbox has a number of features, including:
- Easy-to-use music browser
- Searching and sorting
- Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
- Internet radio support
To install rhythmbox:
pacman -S rhythmbox
Other good audio players are: Banshee, Quodlibet, and Listen. See Gnomefiles to compare them.
Amarok is one of the best audio players and music library systems available for KDE. To install it, simply type the code below.
pacman -S amarok-base
Moc is a ncurses-based audio player for the console; another good choice is mpd.
Another excellent choice is cmus.
(TODO) Xmms, audacious, bmpx.
Codecs and other multimedia content types
You can use totem-xine, mplayer or kaffeine (just to name three of the big ones) to watch DVDs. The only thing you may miss is libdvdcss. Beware that using it may be illegal in some countries.
Install the flash plugin using
pacman -S flashplugin
to enable Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash in your browser.
Quicktime codecs are contained in the codecs package. Just type
pacman -S codecs
to install them.
The codec for Realplayer 9 is contained in the codecs package. Just type
pacman -S codecs
to install them. Realplayer 10 is available as a binary package for Linux. You can get it from AUR here.
CD and DVD Burning
Brasero is an application that burns CDs/DVDs for the GNOME Desktop. It is designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly.
pacman -S brasero
K3b - Burn, Baby, Burn in KDE
K3B - CD/DVD burning application for Linux - optimized for KDE - licensed under the GPL. To install:
pacman -S k3b
(Todo) cdrecord, graveman...
Most CD burners are wrappers for cdrecord:
pacman -S cdrkit
If you install packages for CD/DVD burning applications like Brasero or K3B it also installs the CD/DVD burning library for it, like libburn or cdrkit.
A good command-line DVD-burning tool is growisofs:
pacman -S dvd+rw-tools
There are several things to do if you want to watch TV under (Arch) Linux. The most important task is to find out which chip your tuner is using. However, quite a bunch is supported. Be sure to check at a Hardware Database to be sure (e.g. ). Once you know your Model, there are just a few steps ahead to get you going.
In most cases, you will need to use the bttv-drivers (other drivers exist, see ) together with the I2C-modules. Configuring those is the hardest task. If you are lucky, a
will autodetect the card (check dmesg for results). In that case, you need only to install an application to watch TV. We will look at that later, though. If the autodetection did not work, you will need to check the file CARDLIST, which is included in the tarball of bttv to find out the right parameters for your card. A PV951 without radio support would need this line:
modprobe bttv card=42 radio=0
Some cards need the following line to produce sound:
However, that varies. So just try it out. Some other cards demand the following line:
This is object to trial-and-error, too.
TODO: clarify the installation-procedure
To actually watch TV, install the xawtv-package with
pacman -S xawtv
and read its manpage.
TODO: clarify some possible problems and procedures. Introduction to XAWTV on another page?
Most newer digital cameras are supported as USB mass storage devices, which means that you can simply plug it in and copy the images. Older cameras may use the PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) which requires a "special driver". gPhoto2 provides this driver and allows a shell-based transfer of the images; digikam (for KDE) and gthumb (for GNOME, gtkam would be another choice) use this driver and offer a nice GUI.
USB Memory Sticks / Hard Disks
USB Memory Sticks and hard disks are supported out of the box with the USB mass storage device driver and will appear as a new SCSI device (/dev/sdX). If you are using KDE or GNOME you should use dbus and hal (add them to your daemons in /etc/rc.conf), and they will be automatically mounted. If you use a different Desktop Environment you may have a look at ivman.
Maintaining the system
Pacman is both a binary and source package manager which is able to download, install, and upgrade packages from both remote and local repositories with full dependency handling, and has easy-to-understand tools for crafting your own packages too.
A more-detailed description of Pacman can be found in its article.
To synchronize and update the local packages database with the remote repositories (it is a good idea to do this before installing and upgrading packages):
To upgrade all packages on the system:
To sync, update, and upgrade all the packages on the system with one command:
To install or upgrade a single package or list of packages (including dependencies):
pacman -S packageA packageB
You can also sync, update the package database, and install packages in one command:
pacman -Sy packageA packageB
To remove a single package, leaving all of its dependencies installed:
pacman -R package
To remove a package and all of the package's dependencies which aren't used by any other installed package:
pacman -Rs package
To remove all of the package's dependencies now unneeded and do not make any backup of settings:
pacman -Rsn package
To search the remote (repo) package database for a list of packages matching a given keyword:
pacman -Ss keyword
To list all packages on your system
To search (query) the local (your machine) package database for a given package:
pacman -Q package
To search (query) the local (your machine) package database for a given package and list all pertinent information:
pacman -Qi package
To defragment pacman's cache database and optimize for speed:
To count how many packages are currently on your system:
pacman -Q | wc -l
To install a package compiled from source using ABS and makepkg:
pacman -U packagename.pkg.tar.gz
Note: There are countless additional pacman functions and commands. Try man pacman and consult the pacman wiki entries.
Polishing & Further information
If after you have read this you want to do a bit of polishing, head to Post Installation Tips. For further information and support you can go to the homepage, search the wiki, the forums, the IRC channel, and the mailing lists.