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How to enable Fn keys on Samsung 900X in Arch Linux?

The only one which works is Fn+F5 (toggle touchpad), presumably because xf86-input-synaptics is installed. Fn+F1 prints a literal plus/minus sign ("±"). Installing samsung-tools and rebooting did not ...
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Trying to record a screencast using ffmpeg but my mouse pointer is invisible

I'm trying to record a screencast using ffmpeg but my mouse pointer is invisible. What am I doing wrong? This is the command: ffmpeg -f alsa -ac 2 -i pulse -f x11grab -r 30 -s 1024x768 -i :0.0 ...
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How can I automatically update my monitor layout in XFCE?

I have a laptop that's normally docked to a large monitor. When docked, I want to use the large monitor as the primary display, with the laptop screen as a secondary display off to the right. When ...
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Why doesn't my screen lock in XFCE?

I'm trying out XFCE on Arch Linux, and for some reason the Lock Screen option in the session menu doesn't do anything. Neither does running xflock4 at the command line (it exits 0 with no output). ...
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Boot fails after reinstall GRUB

I unfortunately had to install Windows 8.1 in my computer and after doing so, I tried to reinstall GRUB following the next steps: Booted with the Live CD Mounted my system partition: mount ...
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Is there way to stop random software packages from remotely transferring your files?

I am running a bitcoin client on my archlinux computer. If somebody can get ahold of the wallet.dat file, located in the ~/.bitcoin/ directory they can steal my coins. I have minimal software ...
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Does software installed in one distribution of linux run in another distribution of linux?

Suppose, I create seperate partition for "/usr" directory. This is the directory which contains all user programs. If I switch from one OS to other(for eg. From Ubuntu to Arch Linux or vice versa), ...
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How do I create a Linux Distro? [duplicate]

How do I make a Linux distro based off of my favorite Linux Distro? I am aware of Linux From Scratch, but there seems like there's so much involved just to create a distro based off of something ...
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On Arch, how can you set a WM to start on boot?

How would you go about getting X and a window manger to load on boot, and present a fancy-ish login screen like you would in other distros? I want to use something new to me like dwm or bspwm, but I ...
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Frequent connection aborts with arch-linux

I have an arch-linux system which I use as a server. I try to connect with ssh and samba from different Windows 7 machines. However, I get frequent connection aborts. ssh (e.g. putty or kitty) says ...
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My own Arch Linux based distribution [closed]

Well, i'm looking for some book, or wiki, that help me to create my own based distribution, I really don't know where to start, only thing that I know is: I want to make a Arch Linux distribution, not ...
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How to set light colors instead of bold in PS (shell prompt)

I have an Archlinux installed on headless RaspberryPi. I'm using SSH to connect to it. I've added some colors to bash with editing sudo nano /home/pi/.bashrc and adding: ...
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How to recognize harmful AUR packages

How do I recognize if a package which is installed via yaourt on arch linux could be harmful to my pc? I read in the wiki that I should check every installation I make with yourt. But what exactly do ...
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how to install arch linux on 32 bit system

I would like to install arch Linux on my netbook, which is not 64 bit compatible. I searched through the downloads on the arch Linux download page and everything there pertains to 64 bit ...
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Where is the function given by “which prompt” defined?

I am used to using "which stuff" do find the file that will be called when I use "stuff". I was quite surprised to see "which prompt" respond with prompt () { local prompt_opts ...
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trigger udev rules from systemd

I have one of those hdds, that have a very aggressive power management. To prevent load cycles from rising in to critical numbers I wrote an udev rule: SUBSYSTEM=="block", SUBSYSTEMS=="scsi", ...
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Building an Arch Linux based live CD/USB

After bootstrapping my Arch live CD, I try to install the archiso package with: pacman -Sy archiso but I get: error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files) archiso: ...
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How do I power down on reboot?

I am programming for a Linux ARM device and have some situations where I need to reboot the device after a user prompt. Whenever I run reboot -f or shutdown -r now though, the system starts up with a ...
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Permission issues when doing system backup using rsync [duplicate]

I'm trying to backup my linux system (arch linux on a laptop) to a remote computer on the same network using ssh (or NFS). I use rsync extensively to backup my /home directory to the remote computer ...
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Blank screen after logging out of XFCE

I have a fresh install of Arch Linux with a few packages, including XFCE. I started XFCE using startxfce4, then used XFCE to Log Out. But now all I have is a blank screen. How can I get my prompt ...
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A process, run as root, when performing mount, is mounting for `self`, how to make the mount global?

I'm mounting a share from within process'es context. That, ultimately, mounts the object on a per-process namespace basis, rendering it invisible for the rest of the system. The problem is partially ...
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Multiple environments - Awesome and Gnome

I'm trying to install multiple environments on my Arch Linux system, and since I've never done it before, there are some stupid questions that I must now the answer. If I install Gnome and Awesome ...
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Arch Linux gets stuck on boot

I followed the Arch Linux Beginners' Guide up to the section Unmount the partitions and reboot. After rebooting (I use grub as bootloader) without the quiet parameter, I get the following output: ...
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sudo mount from webserver (Apache) by mod_php, result not visible by root

Intial question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19598201/umounting-through-exec-with-sudo-the-user-is-a-sudoer-with-nopasswd Basically, I have a PHP script, that: exec('sudo mount ...
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Unable to get Wireless working during Arch Linux install

I'm following the Arch Linux install guide here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide I'm installing from a live disc. I've just used pacstrap to install the base system. I then ...
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What's wrong with my zenity dialog? selector is not extending vertically

zenity list dialog looks different after a system upgrade, %> zenity --text "Select" --list --column="Profile" --list a b c Any idea on the extra space in the dialog? The selector should extend ...
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/sbin/init does not exist - Bailing out, you are on your own. Good luck

I'm trying to install arch linux. When I boot up, it gives me the message found below. ERROR: Root device mounted successfully, but /sbin/init does not exist. Bailing out, you are on your own now. ...
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How to resume pacman package downloads?

I'm trying to install some updates while on a sketchy connection in Arch Linux. What is the best way to do that? while ! pacman --noconfirm --needed --refresh --upgrade do : done took over 90 ...
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Starting a .bin installer in graphical mode

I'm trying to install this software but after I run the usual commands: chmod +x gvSIG-desktop-2.0.0-2066-final-lin-x86-standard-withjre.bin ...
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How to debug repeated Wi-Fi disconnections in Arch Linux?

After trying for a long time to get a wireless connection, I am now able to get an extremely sketchy one (as in a few seconds of actual Internet access every few minutes). Running wpa_supplicant -d -i ...
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bootloader configuration with GPT, RAID1, and LVM

Using the GUID Partition Table and RAID 1, the bootloader (syslinux or GRUB) is not able to boot into the machine, which was installed with Arch Linux. First off, there are two drives identical ...
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Archlinux mute sound in browser only

Is there a way how to mute all sounds in browser only? I need it to be done from command line. I'm currently using alsa mixer for mute (command amixer set Master toggle), but I can't find any way how ...
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Arch: Awesome Window Manager won't start

I can't get my awesome running. I installed awesome and all dependecies with pacman and followed the beginning of the following guide to get awesome running: ...
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Is there a way to really prioritize processes or make Linux respect their priorities?

I know there are process priorities like in other operating systems, going from -20 (most prio) to 19 (less prio) but Linux seems to ignore them. Right now I was building the kernel in the background ...
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dbus-launch terminated abnormally with the following error: No protocol specified

After a recent upgrade in my Arch Linux x64 system, I keep getting this warning message after installing or removing packages with pacman. (gconftool-2:5207): GConf-WARNING **: Client failed to ...
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Overwritten MBR: Is partial/complete recovery possible?

I have a Sony VIAO laptop setup as dual boot (Ubuntu 12.10/Windows 7). Since I wanted to try Archlinux, I installed VirtualBox in Ubuntu. To create a bootable USB stick (from the ISO image on my hard ...
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What goes into a Linux distribution?

My understanding of Linux distributions is that: They are operating systems based on the Linux kernel, and most have default desktop environments, something that is not in the Linux kernel. Fedora ...
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Arch Linux install doesn't boot

I've got Arch Linux mostly installed, and I seem to have installed GRUB with no problem. My partition table looks like this: cgdisk 0.8.7 Disk ...
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Wi-Fi disconnects immediately?

I'm trying to connect to a WPA2 network. It works fine (I can connect to things) for about 10 seconds, then disconnects. When I try to connect again, it refuses to connect at all unless I've rebooted ...
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The only way to turn off/on wifi is to put laptop into sleep mode

After start GNOME prints Hardware disabled. I've tried to use keyboard shortcut and it doesn't work. Only way to disable/enable hardware wifi is to put laptop into sleep mode and restore.
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How can I install Arch Linux on a Laptop with Intel GMA 4500 MHD?

I would like to install Arch Linux on my Acer TravelMate 5735Z. Sadly, it has a Intel GMA 4500 MHD graphic card. This means, I suffer from Kernel Bug [GM45] black screen at boot (0 backlight?). When ...
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Why is the AESni flag missing for my i5 CPU

My CPU is reported by Intel to support the AES-NI native instructions. http://ark.intel.com/products/65707 However, /proc/cpuinfo does not list the aes flag (which is what I guess is preventing me ...
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How to update Broadcom driver in Arch Linux?

I have been having issues with my broadcom wireless driver, and from what I have seen, most people online say I need to update the driver. How do I update the driver? Most tutorials use apt-get but ...
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b43 wireless driver error

I just installed Arch, and I noticed that my wifi range is very poor. I have to be about 10 feet away from the router for it to work. I also noticed that when I boot, I get this message: Support ...
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libvirtd not suspending guests

My guests, one windows, one linux, are not being suspended. I'm not sure why. Here's the output of systemctl, which looks wrong, but I've done systemctl start libvirt-guests && systemctl ...
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Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 WLAN does not work on installed Arch

I have a Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 WLAN Controller in my netbook. When I boot the Arch live ISO and set up the network with wpa_supplicant everything works fine. On the installed Arch I get the ...
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Notify on email sent - Postfix

I have a small postfix server, on a Linux server (Arch Linux) mainly used as a http server. I use postfix to send database backups and notifications of my web sites. To avoid spamming, I'd like to ...
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How do I deal with a certificate based transparent proxy in Arch Linux?

I have setup an Arch Linux VM at work, and my company uses a transparent (cut-through) proxy with a self-signed certificate and requires authentication. Whenever I try to install any packages through ...
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Archlinux VGA video problem

I have an old HP DL380 G4 server that I'm trying to load Archlinux onto, but I've run into a bit of a snag. I went all the way through this guide, and everything seemed to go smoothly, but when I ...
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What's wrong with my Arch installation? Randomly bizarre screen output since last upgrade

Since my last upgrade of Arch Linux (a month ago perhaps), my screen looks weird. It happens randomly, and it would become normal with a slight update to the current window. See this screenshot of ...