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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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Udev rule is not being used?

I'm setting up udev to handle my external USB hard drive when it gets plugged in and removed (no mounting yet). So far, I've made two new rules in /etc/udev/rules.d/10-local.rules to log ...
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How to easily build your own Linux Distro? [duplicate]

I wanted to have a go at creating my very own Linux Distribution. Could you suggest some nice and easy-to-follow tutorials (preferably text based and not videos). I have heard something about Arch ...
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How to properly and easy configure `xdg-open` without any enviroment?

I'm using OpenBox window manager without any desktop enviroment. xdg-open behaves strangely. It opens everything with firefox. $ xdg-settings --list Known properties: default-web-browser ...
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Why are reboot, shutdown and poweroff symlinks to systemctl?

In Arch Linux, if I do ls -l in /sbin, I can see that reboot, shutdown and poweroff are all symlinks to /usr/bin/systemctl. But issuing reboot, shutdown and systemctl commands obviously does not all ...
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No core-dumps after recent upgrades: How to analyze it?

When I execute a program that I work on, it fails with the following message: ... Aborted (core dumped) However, no core dump is created. Core dumps were written previously, and I don't remember ...
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Pacman option to assume “yes” to every question?

When installing software in debian systems we can put something like this: sudo apt-get install -y chromium-browser that way the installation occurs automatically, whitout asking to confirm ...
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Help me choose the right distribution for learning and hosting web apps

I'm coming to Linux from the Windows world, and I want to learns the ins and outs of the system in order to make it my primary day to day work and hosting environment. I'm pretty much a complete ...
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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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How can I set the keyboard right on X?

Note: forked of this per recommendation here. I made a foolish typo for UTF-8, and expected that when I fixed it, the keyboard on X would work right. Since making this errant change, I was no ...
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Return value of current watt consumption on command line

Is there a way to return the current watt consumption on the command line? I have found about the powertop program, but have not seen a way to return the Watt consumption as a value to the command ...
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How can I test whether connection to the given host/port is established in Bash?

Currently I'm using netstat for this: if netstat -an | grep ESTABLISHED | grep $address:$port > /dev/null; then # command fi Is there a more elegant solution?
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How to connect to Wi-Fi network in Arch Linux?

tl;dr After reading the Arch wiki articles on installation, wireless setup and WPA supplicant, trying the suggestions below and a host of forum threads, I'm unable to get either of the following cards ...
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Problems with the locale; can't make Arch Linux use UFT-8 [closed]

Note: The real problems behind this are presented here, as per a recommendation on meta. This question should be closed as a non-reproducible off-topic because its main problem is solved by correcting ...
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mounting problem during installation of archlinux on dell xps one

I've been trying to install archlinux on xps one. the screen doesn't work because it has intel g45/g43 express chipset. I had to use nomodeset option as mentioned in the installation guide. Arch ...
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How to disable auto suspend when I close laptop lid?

I'm using archlinux. It never auto-suspend before a recent system upgrade(maybe I updated the kernel?). I think it is related to laptop-mode or acpid, so I stop them: /etc/rc.d/laptop-mode stop ...
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Pacman -Syu fails `/bin exists in filesystem`

I was trying to upgrade my arch linux with pacman -Syu after having returned from vacation and now I get this error that I cannot quite make sense of: (133/133) checking for file conflicts ...
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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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Grub 'incompatible license' error

The other day, I was using a laptop for general desktop use when its keyboard began to act up. Most of the keys on the keyboard's right side stopped working entirely and key combinations such as Ctrlu ...
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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 ...
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Mounting USB drive that is not recognized

Using Arch Linux / XFCE, I frequently have problems with USB drives that are not properly mounted. Sometimes they automatically show up in Thunar and I can mount them with one click. However, at other ...
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Is there a way to adjust the formatting of the date/time in the GNOME 3 login screen and desktop?

I'm specifically looking to change the formatting in two places: On the desktop, the date/time reads "Sat 21:05". I would like it to read "23-Jul-11 21:05" or "23 Jul 11 21:05". In other words, I ...
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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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Why does rsync fail to copy files from /sys in Linux?

I have a bash script which uses rsync to backup files in Archlinux. I noticed that rsync failed to copy a file from /sys, while cp worked just fine: # rsync /sys/class/net/enp3s1/address /tmp ...
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How does systemd-tmpfiles work?

I'm trying to change the value of /sys/bus/usb/devices/4-3/power/wakeup at every boot (4-3 according to my lsusb, it's the keyboard ID). The default value is: # cat ...
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How can my HDD swap without a swap partition?

I have no swap partition on my disk because I prefer having the OOM reaper kill anything it wants quickly rather than having to wait 10 minutes for my swap partition to get filled + 5 other minutes to ...
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Creating eth0 with consistent network device naming

From my understanding, Arch Linux uses Consistent Network Device Naming where the network devices are no longer named eth0, eth1, etc. I use the proprietary MATLAB software which requires a device ...
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xdg-open default applications behavior

When I have no defaults.list and mimeapps.list, xdg-open opens text/plain with gvim. But when I create defaults.list in /usr/share/applications/ and add the following lines : [Default Applications] ...
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How does CPU frequency work in conky?

I'm setting up conky and I would like to add the CPU frequency, but if I put ${freq_g cpu0} Ghz I get 1.2Ghz. Why is that? My CPU is 2.8Ghz.
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Redirecting output to file

I am looking forward to run commands and log their output in a temporary log file to be read later on by different processes. So, for example: rc.d start ntpd > progress.txt Returns: ::Daemon ...
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Turn NumLock on on startup?

I usually edit in Vim,and when pressing +, I'd rather move my hand to the right part of the keyboard where + resides rather than doing shift + =. But when NumLock is not on, in Vim it just opens a ...
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Arch CPU temperature much higher than on Debian [closed]

I switched to Arch Linux from Debian/Crunchbang and noticed much higher temperature. It's almost the same configuration: openbox, etc and Arch runs with 57-70 °C but Debian works with 43°C - 50°C I ...
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Cloning USB drive in VMware with partclone

I created a virtual machine in VMware as follows: SCSI HDD 1 GB (Main for short) SCSI HDD 0.8 GB (UClone for short) SCSI HDD 4 GB as a physically plugged UFD (Uphys for short) Arch Linux ISO as ...
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Using RVM with gvim without installing the ruby binary

In Arch Linux, apparently gvim requires to install ruby as a dependency. However, if I want to work with RVM, then I don't need the binary ruby installed. Can that cause problems? Can ruby be ...
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Installing ruby 2.1 on Arch via RVM

I have problems installing ruby 2.1.0 via RVM on Arch. My vagrant provisioning file looks like this: sudo pacman -Syu --noconfirm sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel --noconfirm sudo pacman -S vim ...
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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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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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How do I set up an encrypted swap file in Linux?

How do I set up an encrypted swap file (not partition) in Linux? Is it even possible? All the guides I've found talk about encrypted swap partitions, but I don't have a swap partition, and I'd ...
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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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NetworkManager issues in Arch Linux

Have had WiFi working fine via wifi-menu on command line for a while, but would much prefer the gnome icon, so i switched to NetworkManager, and now nothing will connect. I enabled my dhcp daemon in ...
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Encrypt hook in mkinitcpio.conf for full system encryption USB drive Arch install

I have installed Arch Linux on a USB drive with full system encryption using LUKS. The Arch wiki as usual walked me through almost everything. The only issue I ran into was using setting up the hooks ...
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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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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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How to install Ruby 1.9.3 on Arch?

The wiki suggests using $sudo pacman -S ruby1.9 but the package isn't there... I'd rather not compile it from source but I can if no one knows.
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Convert .bdf/.pcf font to .psf(u) for using as consolefont?

I am using Arch Linux. Is it possible to convert a BDF or PCF font to a PSF font for use in console/CONSOLEFONT in rc.conf? I haven't found anything that can do it,except bdf2psf which I got the ...
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How can I make the TTY use the appropriate charset?

Note: forked of this per recommendation here. While I got the X keyboard layout right on my own after I fixed that stupid typo, I still can't set the console charset, key map, font map, or whatever ...
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Backlight control manjaro linux

I'm new to arch/manjaro. I've installed it onto my sony vaio vpceh1m1e. I cannot change the backlight value. I've solved this before on ubuntu, add this line to the xorg.conf: Option ...
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Adding a user to a group by default

I have a group that all users on the system share. The group name is common and it is to allow for a universal fileshare for everyone on the machine. How would I make it so that all new users are ...
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“error setting up gummiboot-efi” on Archboot UEFI install

I recently purchased an Aspire XC600, but am having trouble installing Arch. I haven't installed on UEFI before. I want Arch as the only OS on the disk. I wrote the Archboot x86_64 image to a USB ...
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system wide SOCKS5 Proxy

I connect to my Server on the internet using ssh -D 3128 user@rootserver.com. If I am right I thereby open a SOCKS v5 Proxy to my Server. Using firefox and FoxyProxy I can now add this to my proxys ...