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I'm using arch, and want to install Xfce with Compiz. I saw on tutorials what packages to install , but when I try to install them with pacman -S compiz-..., I only get things like: error: target not found: ccsm. How do I get to the packages?

  • I added a script to my answer that I hope helps – justbrowsing Aug 15 '13 at 6:46
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Compiz packages have been moved to the AUR (Arch User Repository). This repository is unsupported so is not accessible by pacman.

You can download the packages you require and use makepkg to install them. See the Arch Wiki AUR page for the details on using this repository.

  • Is there a way to 'add' the Repository like in Ubuntu? I don't understand any of this. – MadTux Aug 14 '13 at 19:08
  • @MadTux You should take the time to understand it; PKGBUILDS in AUR could contain malicious code and you should always review them before running makepkg. The wiki explains it thoroughly. – jasonwryan Aug 14 '13 at 19:09
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You can also use Yaourt for installing the package from AUR. For xfce desktop use:

yaourt -S ccsm compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-extra libcompizconfig compiz-manager 
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UPDATE: @MadTux I wrote you a script that installs the Compiz packages. Successfully tested on a fresh install!

I also forgot to mention that XFCE comes with its own compositor (not as many features as Compiz though)


Install an AUR helper such as packer

I have compiz successfully working on a couple up-to-date ArchLinux machines. You need these packages:

ccsm 0.8.4-4
compiz-bcop 0.8.8-2
compiz-core 0.8.8-5
compiz-decorator-gtk 0.8.8-5
compiz-fusion-plugins-extra 0.8.8-2
compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.8.8-2
compizconfig-backend-gconf 0.8.8-2
compizconfig-python 0.8.4-4
emerald 0.8.8-2
emerald-themes 0.6.0-4
fusion-icon-fixed 1:0.1-1
libcompizconfig 0.8.8-2

As you can see I'm using the "old" 0.8.X branch (0.9 breaks everything). Many of the compiz packages in AUR will not build.

Therefore you may need to use the Arch Rollback Machine (ARM) for the ones that fail to compile.

[community]
#Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
Server = http://arm.konnichi.com/2013/04/01/community/os/$arch

NOTE: To use the A.R.M. you do not use [custom] it must be the original name of the repo so pacman can find the .db database file. Remember to revert the config file back to normal afterwards.

  • Why would you point [community] at ARM? That's what [custom] is for... – jasonwryan Aug 14 '13 at 19:37
  • To prevent dependency issues (after-all packages in [community] are newer than [community-2013-05-01]). Immediately after installing the needed packages, revert pacman.conf – justbrowsing Aug 14 '13 at 22:17
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    Doing this yourself seems like an odd choice; recommending it to someone who still hasn't grasped the distinction between supported and unsupported repos seems rather perverse. – jasonwryan Aug 15 '13 at 1:39
  • @jasonwryan You're right, I don't expect the OP to 'get it' but wanted to provide the relevant information for others instead of "sorry. compiz is deprecated. no compiz for you". At least my advice is better than download each compiz-related package's PKGBUILD manually like you suggested and hope it works. – justbrowsing Aug 15 '13 at 1:55
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    The problem is that your "relevant information for others" is 1) wrong, and 2) only likely to lead to further confusion. If you want to recommend the ARM, do it properly... – jasonwryan Aug 15 '13 at 2:03

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