Unofficial user repositories/Repo-ck

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Repo-ck is an unofficial Arch Linux repository hosting generic and CPU-optimized kernels and support packages, featuring MuQSS (pronounced mux) and rest of the ck patchset by Con Kolivas. It has been in operation since 2011 and is maintained by graysky.


Add Repo

Add the repo to /etc/pacman.conf under the Arch official repositories:

Server =$arch

Sign graysky's key:

# pacman-key -r 5EE46C4C --keyserver hkp:// && pacman-key --lsign-key 5EE46C4C

Additional mirror

aviallon hosts a mirror with better bandwidth and stability, synchronized every 6 hours. You can add it to your pacman.conf :

Server =$repo/os/$arch
Server =$arch

Install Kernel

Update your sync database and install the chosen kernel variant (see below for available variants):

# pacman -Syu linux-ck

Update Boot Loader Config

Warning: This can mess up your system! Make sure that you understand what you are doing!

If you are using grub with a common setup, then you can update its config by running this command:

# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Kernels and related packages

The official Arch Linux kernel provides a generic package which is built for the x86_64 architecture that will run on any compatible x86_64 CPU. Repo-ck also hosts a generic version of linux-ck but also provides optimized packages for specific CPUs.

Brand Group Alias Details
Any ck-generic Generic kernel similar to the official Arch Linux kernel.
Intel ck-nehalem Intel 1st Generation Core i3/i5/i7-family
ck-sandybridge Intel 2nd Generation Core i3/i5/i7-family
ck-ivybridge Intel 3rd Generation Core i3/i5/i7-family
ck-haswell Intel 4th Generation Core i3/i5/i7-family
ck-broadwell Intel 5th Generation Core i3/i5/i7-family
ck-skylake Intel 6th Generation Core i3/i5/i7-family
AMD ck-zen CPUs based on AMD Family 17h cores with x86-64 instruction set support.
ck-zen2 CPUs based on AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen cores with x86-64 instruction set support.

Selecting the correct CPU optimized package

When unsure, install the ck-generic group, which works with any compatible CPU. Those wanting CPU-specific optimized packages can run the following command (assuming that base-devel is installed):

$ gcc -c -Q -march=native --help=target | grep march

The resulting -march is what GCC would use natively. Refer to the table below for a mapping of this value to the correct group.

Warning: Intel CPU optimized packages support only full Core2 series and i3/i5/i7 series chips. Many Pentium/Celeron chips lack the full requisite instruction sets to make use of the optimized packages. Users of these chips should install the generic packages, even if GCC returns a value corresponding to full core i3/i5/i7 match such as haswell.
Note: This table has been updated to show the new simplified march options that ship with GCC v4.9+. For more information see the release notes.
Brand Group March
Intel ck-atom bonnell
ck-silvermont silvermont
ck-core2 core2
ck-nehalem nehalem
ck-sandybridge sandybridge
ck-ivybridge ivybridge
ck-haswell haswell
ck-broadwell broadwell
ck-skylake skylake
ck-p4 pentium4, prescott, nocona
ck-pentm pentm, pentium-m
AMD ck-kx athlon, athlon-4, athlon-tbird, athlon-mp, athlon-xp, k8-sse3
ck-k10 amdfam10
ck-bobcat btver1
ck-bulldozer bdver1, btver2
ck-piledriver bdver2
ck-zen znver1
ck-zen2 znver2
Note: Add additional entries to this table based on experience.

For further help, see:

Speed benefits of CPU optimized packages

Extensive testing comparing the effect of GCC compile options show varying results, from no change to rather significant speed ups. [1] [2] [3]

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Please use the BBS thread.

Downloads interrupt regularly

Graysky is using Go Daddy as his web host. Some of the transfers from their poorly implemented server end in an incomplete transfer. To combat this, list the repository address multiple times and pacman will automatically try the next available server.

Server =$arch
Server =$arch
Server =$arch
Server =$arch
Server =$arch

Alternatively, change the pacman downloader to wget, which automatically resumes downloads.

See this forum post for an explanation of these issues.

Error: signature from graysky is unknown trust

Users must import and sign graysky's gpg key. Instructions along with his key ID are located at See also Pacman/Package signing#Adding unofficial keys.