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Arch Linux: pacman cannot be upgraded because pacman version is too high?

This seems a bit like an April Fools' joke, but this is what I was greeted with this morning, when trying to bring my Arch up to date: :: The following packages should be upgraded first : pacman ...
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How do I force remove a package in Arch with pacman?

How do I force remove a package in Arch with pacman while other packages still depend upon it. pacman -R perl-libwww checking ...
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Differences in package management between Debian and Arch

A discussion from this post made me curious of differences between Debian and Arch package management. Also, people tend to say that Arch is very light-weight, so I wonder what that has to do with ...
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How to investigate cause of total hang?

My Arch machine sometimes hangs, suddenly not responding in any way to the mouse or the keyboard. The cursor is frozen. Ctrl-Alt-Backsp won't stop X11, and ctrl-alt-del does exactly nothing. The ...
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GRUB error 15, no boot menu nor /boot

I am have a fully updated Arch Linux system that was running fine. Last night I tried to setup autofs per instructions on the Arch wiki, but upon restart there was no boot menu and only a GRUB error ...
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Arch Linux: python and python2 are in conflict

I've recently installed Arch Linux onto my primary (Ubuntu) computer, and it is working really well for me. It's fast, configurable, basically a faster version of Ubuntu. Since compiz-fusion isn't ...
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Monitor Blinking [closed]

I was a Debian user, but for some reason, after I installed Arch Linux, my monitor started to blink. It happens even on text terminals (C-F1 etc), but only after gdm starts. Any idea on what could be ...
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How do I configure the GNOME gdm login screen?

I recently installed Arch Linux and have it mostly set up. With many other Linux distributions, there is a tool that is used to configure the look and feel of the login screen. I would like to change ...
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Why is my fstab entry for an external USB drive not working?

I have an external USB drive which my system recognizes as /dev/sdb1. I want to have it automounted with 755 permissions on boot and shared over the network with samba. I created the mount point ...
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Flash using wrong audio output with Pulseaudio

I'm using Arch Linux x86_64 with Gnome and PulseAudio. I have USB speakers, which work for the sounds in system menus and most other applications. But whenever I play Flash videos, they output their ...
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Arch Linux + Gnome: Wine going berserk on “open with” menu

First of all, when I installed Wine on my system, it decided to automatically associate its "notepad" application with all types of text and image files. This was annoying enough, but on top of that, ...
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Package management strategy with Pacman

Since I switched my favorite distro to Gentoo I have been very familiar with the following pattern for installing and removing packages: Install a bunch of applications that do pretty much the same ...
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Am getting a blank screen during installation stage of Arch Linux

I used dd if=archlinux-2010.05-core-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb to create an installation image on a USB stick and I'm getting a blank screen soon after boot-up. The last message I saw is: Waiting for ...
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Show Display Numbers on each Display

On Windows, there is an option to click on a button in the display properties called like "Identify Displays", it then shows a number over each monitor for a few seconds so that you know which display ...
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udev rules don't appear to be working

I'm running Arch Linux on my server, and I need to let users of the group usb access my weather station. Here's my rule: /etc/udev/rules.d/usb-70.rules SYSFS {idVendor} == "1941", SYSFS {idProduct} ...
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What would be a good choice for an elastic file system (for adding storage at a later date)?

I'm currently running a Debian 6.0 server with EXT3, but I'd like to move over to Arch. It's being used as a file server right now with a 1TB drive in it (of which 650GB in it is used). What I'd like ...
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Internet(ADSL) connection doesn't seem to be working on Arch

I've already set up ADSL and used it already for a system update, so I'm sure the set up is ok but pacman suddenly stopped working and when I checked ping wasn't working too. How can I find out what ...
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pacman and powerpill not working

Both pacman and powerpill don't seem to be working on my Arch installation. I'm sure my Internet connection is working. The download just starts in powerpill but speed remains zero. In pacman, there's ...
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startx results in blank screen

I just installed Xorg on Arch Linux but when I run startx, I only get a blank screen. What could be the problem here?
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How would one permanently set names for network interface (wifi/ethernet) in arch

Seems every reboot the names reverse different nics ( wifi/ethernet )…
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How to delete a file in Arch console?

pacman stopped working and asked me to delete a file if "another package manager isn't working". What is the file for deleting files?
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Adding a network card to the modprobe file

I'm trying to setup an ADSL connection on an Arch Linux machine. I read the Arch wiki article on Internet Access, but I'm still confused -- how do I add my network card to the modprobe file?
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Chakra overriding Arch?/ Is this possible?

My Arch installation didn't go well so can I install Chakra project to override the Arch installation?? By just installing Chakra in the same partition with Arch? Is it possible? How hard is the ...
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Chakra project or netinstall — Arch Linux installation

My arch linux installation didn't go well (apparently I should have gone through netinstall instead of core). When I try again, should I use the Chakra project (which is supposedly easier), or should ...
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How to uninstall GRUB

I just installed Arch Linux and it's not working well, and now I can't access Windows because of GRUB. How can I uninstall GRUB through the Arch Linux shell?
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Arch Linux installation- partitions help

While trying to set up partition from Arch Linux installation CD(using cfdisk) itself the following error showed up- Bad primary partition 2: partition ends in final partial cylinder How do I ...
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KDE starting without anything else (no panels, no window manager/decorator)

So, I've installed KDE in Arch Linux using the kde package, as well as phonon-xine from pacman. Maybe it's because I had GNOME before, maybe it's because I did something wrong, but when I log in from ...
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Pacman/Arch: Install package(s) without really installing them [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make package explicitly installed in pacman So I've been stupid and removed my /var/lib/pacman/local dir. Without backup, but with a root shell open at tty4. O yeah, ...
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Grub won't boot Arch Linux

Notice: This is not about dual booting, I can setup GRUB to dual boot with Windows 7 later. I just need to be able to get into Arch Linux. Last night I installed Arch onto my computer via netinstall ...
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How do I pg_upgrade my database on Arch Linux?

I was running postgres 8.4 on arch but now have 9 installed I want to use pg_upgrade to upgrade but I don't know what all the options I have to use are, and all the directories that I have to point it ...
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Pidgin will not transfer files [closed]

Anytime someone tries to send me files over YIM or AIM when I am using Pidgin 2.7.5 on Arch Linux, it fails, telling me that they cancelled, and telling them that I cancelled. The same computer using ...
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Arch Linux fails to boot from a USB key (cannot mount selected partition)

I tried to install Arch Linux to an USB key. Things are kind of wobbly (it assumes the system has exactly one drive inside, for example) but everything installed just fine. Until I rebooted. ...
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Stop cron script from destroying my mirrorlist with invalid data

I have to following cron script that runs daily. As you should be able to see from the code, it outputs the results from reflector to /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist. $ cat /etc/cron.daily/update-mirrorlist ...
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Downgrading packages with pacman

What is the best, or most suitable, method of downgrading packages in Arch? On normal days I just run the following to accomplish a quick downgrade: # pacman -Rd <broken-package> # pacman -U ...
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Help with PKGBUILD

As I would expect, there are a lot of Arch Linux users in here, and I think one of you can help me before upload my first PKGBUILD. The package I want to build is from a git repo. I've read the wiki ...
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Screen fading out on GNOME, without ability to cancel

Sometimes, on my Arch Linux laptop, using GNOME for the desktop, my screen will fade out after a while of non-activity (even if I'm watching a video). This fade out is very slow, and can't be ...
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using sudo on GUI applications

When I was using kubuntu, I could always open X applications with sudo, sudo kate for example. Now that I've switched to arch that doesn't work. I know I've always been told to use kdesu, but what ...
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is there a way to find out exactly how kubuntu sets up KDE so I can just duplicate that?

I usually use kubuntu, but I had to install a custom kernel on my laptop and it's a lot easier with arch. The problem is that kde looks terrible in arch, especially the GTK applications. I know there ...
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Command line join of password protected wireless networks in Ubuntu, Arch Linux, or other distros?

Is there a way to join a password protected wireless network via the command line in installations of Ubuntu or Arch Linux with no desktop environment or any GUI installed? Also, could this be done ...
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How do I minimize disk space usage

One of my machines is the 2GB EeePC Surf, a neat netbook with very limited resources. So limited that right now, I have 22MB free space left. On it, I'm running Arch Linux with the Openbox DE and a ...
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Make package explicitly installed in pacman

I have a package that's installed on my PC as an dependency to another package. I would like to have the package explicitly installed, but without actually re-installing it, or downloading any files. ...
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wireless networking

When I connect my laptop to a wpa2 secured router, using wicd I don't have any connection problems. BUT when I connect with the following command-line command ( as outlined here ) UPDATED: ...
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modify path globally

Is there a standard for $PATH and the order of things that are supposed to be in there? out of the box Arch Linux doesn't have /usr/local/bin in the $PATH. I want to add it but I'm not sure if there's ...
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Are there rc logs in arch?

One of my processes is failing to start fairly early in the boot process (I suspect mdadm and I suspect that it's just taking longer than the rc script allows for) but I can't quite catch/see it ...
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Minimalist window decorations etc in OpenBox or similar

I am currently customising my netbook's ArchLinux install. I really like the minimalist basic style of things like the ThinMC window borders in Gnome, and the FullFlat Firefox theme. What options are ...
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Enable kwebkitpart in Konqueror

In KDE SC 4.5.0 it's possible to use a WebKit part for rendering in Konqueror. I don't think it's on by default (I could be wrong) and I believe I've installed all the requirements for it... How do I ...
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DNS queries not using nscd for caching

I'm trying to use nscd (Nameservices Cache Daemon) to cache DNS locally so I can stop using Bind to do it. I've gotten it started and ntpd seems to attempt to use it. But everything else for hosts ...