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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 ...