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TeXLive 2016 packages are now available


TeXLive packages have been updated to the 2016 version.

The most notable change is that the biber utility is now provided as a separate package. You can install it normally using pacman.

Pacman hooks are now used in the TeXLive packages so the update will be less verbose than in past years.

test-sec-flags: Call for Assistance


Inspired by discussions on the arch-general mailing list, test-sec-flags was created by pid1 (with help from anthraxx, strcat, sangy, and rgacogne) to test the performance impact of various security-oriented compilation and linking flags. The goal is to determine if these flags can be the new default for all Arch Linux packages. Preliminary results suggest that the performance impact is almost nonexistent compare to the compilation flags we already use, but we would like to collect and compare more results before moving forwards.

Download the source here and see the README for installation and usage instructions. The results subdirectory contains instructions ...

screen-4.4.0-1 unable to attach old sessions


As you upgrade to screen-4.4.0-1 you will be unable to reattach sessions started with earlier screen versions. Please make sure all your sessions are closed before upgrading.

Required update to pacman-5.0.1 before 2016-04-23


The release of pacman-5.0 brought support for transactional hooks. These will allow us to (e.g.) run font cache updates a single time during an update rather than after each font package installation. This will both speed up the update process, but also reduce packaging burden for the Developers and Trusted Users.

In order for the use of hooks to be started, we require all users to have updated to at least pacman-5.0.1 before 2016-04-23. Pacman-5.0.1 was released on 2016-02-23, so this will have given everyone two months to update their system.

PHP 7.0 packages released


Packages of the new major version of PHP have been released into the stable repositories. Besides the new PHP 7 features there are the following packaging changes. In general the package configuration is now closer to what was intended by the PHP project. Also refer to the PHP 7 migration guide for upstream improvements.

Removed packages

  • php-pear
  • php-mssql
  • php-ldap The module is now included in the php package
  • php-mongo The new php-mongodb might provide an alternative even though it is not a compatible drop-in replacement
  • php-xcache Consider using the included OPcache and optionally APCu for user data cache
  • graphviz The ...

Older News

Dropping Plasma 4
C++ ABI change
Xorg 1.18.0 enters [testing]
Downtime (rsync, mail)
D-Bus now launches user buses
openssh-7.0p1 deprecates ssh-dss keys
Data corruption on software RAID 0 when discard is used
Puppet 4.0 enters [community]
PulseAudio split
xorg-server 1.17.1 is now available

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iso-codes 3.70-1 any
python2-tlslite 0.4.8-1 any
python-curtsies 0.2.11-1 any
nghttp2 1.16.0-1 i686/x86_64
visualvm 1.3.9-1 i686/x86_64
lua-messagepack 0.3.5-1 any
tomcat6 6.0.47-1 any
qupzilla 2.0.2-1 i686/x86_64
tomcat8 8.0.38-1 any
vim 8.0.0046-2 i686/x86_64
lib32-libxi 1.7.7-2 x86_64
valgrind-multilib 3.12.0-1 x86_64
valgrind 3.12.0-1 i686/x86_64
xfconf 4.12.1-1 i686/x86_64
lib32-sqlite 3.15.0-1 x86_64