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mknod permanent in archlinux

I have a custom kernel module (on ArchLinux) that I can load manually and interact with. What I would like to do is have it loaded at boot time. So far I have managed to get the device appear in ...
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How do I create Restore Points in Arch Linux (or Linux in general)?

I am relatively new to Arch Linux and I really like its rolling-release concept. Now what I want to know is that before I do a system update via pacman -Syu, I want to create a restore point so that ...
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In Arch Linux how can I find out which package to install that will contain file X?

I'm looking for a package that provides a specific binary, so I can install it. how can I search to find out what packages provide this binary? (note: I know there's at least one tool that does this, ...
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'who' has no output

I'm new to Arch Linux, and I just built my system up. But when I ran who in urxvt, I got nothing. Anyone know what's going on? BTW. I use Slim + OpenBox. And here are parts of my configure files. ...
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nacl crypto installation on arch

I am trying to install nacl crypto on my system: % uname -a Linux (none) 2.6.39-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jun 6 22:37:55 CEST 2011 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 540 @ 2.53GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux ...
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Packaging Google Chrome and Flash into a Linux Distro? [closed]

I've been working on a Linux distro based on Arch, and I want to include Google Chrome and Adobe's Flash Plugin. Can I get in trouble with Google or Adobe if I pre-install both of those pieces of ...
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Building a home file server using Arch Linux

I want to create a home file server using my old desktop. I plan on using Arch Linux for this as I'm familiar with it. The desktop has 2 hard drives - the old 20gb one & a new 1TB hdd. I plan on ...
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Disable /net ghosting for autofs5

I recently have been trying out Arch Linux. It seems that their autofs has a usability bug, although I confess that I'm new enough to Arch that I may be missing something horribly obvious. I want ...
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ntfs external HD works read-only on Arch

I only have read-only access to my external hard-drive which is using NTFS filesystem. How do I fix this problem to get full access to my hard drive?
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Update only one package with pacman

Is there a way to update only selected programs in pacman? I'm running ArchLinux on my netbook, and the complete upgrade of my system takes up more temporary space than I have on my system, so I'd ...
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Using MJPG stream as a webcam source

I would like to use my Android smartphone as a webcam and found the app "IP webcam", which creates various outputs of the camera. One such output is a MJPG stream, and I want to know if there is a ...
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How do I start the fan manually in Linux?

My fan doesn't run in Linux. I'm worried that the laptop might turn off if the temperature gets critically high. I ran the following command: dmesg | grep -I fan This gave me: ACPI: Fan [FAN0] ...
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grub: “Missing Operating System”

I tried editing the menu.lst file in order to dual-boot with Windows 7. I simply uncommented the Windows entry and added map (hd0) (hd1) man (hd1) (hd0) according to the Arch Linux wiki. I rebooted ...
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Arch installs but GRUB does not load

I installed Arch Linux from a USB flash drive. Everything went well, no errors at all. When I rebooted, however, I got only a blank screen with a blinking cursor. No GRUB. I cannot input anything. I'm ...
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netcfg error in Arch: 'Profile doesn't exist'

To setup automatic wireless connection in Arch, I configured netcfg as directed in the Arch wiki. When I try: [root@geckko ~]# netcfg adsl it gives an error: > Profile "adsl" does not exist ...
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touchpad's click isn't working on Arch installation with Gnome

The touchpad's click isn't working(doesn't click when tapped) on my Arch installation with Gnome; I've already installed xf86-input-synaptics. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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arch installation- startx not working

I went through the Arch installation yesterday, everything seemed to be going fine but when I ran startx it gave an error(in image below)- Is it a problem with the graphics card driver? My laptop ...
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Does Arch-Linux work well on a macbook pro?

I'm considering installing it for a dualboot with osx, so is it buggy or anything?
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Arch Linux not functional after kernel upate [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Arch Linux not booting after system update After running a system update, in which the kernel was updated, when I try to boot Arch (in single user, not quiet), I get the ...
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Arch Linux not booting after system update

After running a system update pacman -Syu with the testing repo not commented, my computer no longer boots. It shows the udev loading, then shows a black screen with a cursor blinking in upper left. I ...
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Where are the program calls of the boot process stored

I just wrote a little program which logs all calls of bash during the boot process. This is a part of the output produced: (root) '/bin/bash-' '-c' 'gzip -d -c ...
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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 ...