Arch Linux Newsletter

July 11, 2004
Jason Chu
Ben Mazer


Welcome to the Arch Linux Newsletter. This document attempts to give you an "at a glance" look at the world of Arch Linux.

Table Of Contents

  1. Front Page News
  2. Dev Land
  3. ArchStats
  4. Forum Highlights
  5. Mailing List Highlights
  6. Tur Update
  7. Package Highlights
  8. New Packages
  9. FAQ
  10. Bugs
    1. Closed Bugs
    2. Opened Bugs
  11. Closing

Front Page News

None this week...

This Week in Devland

  1. From now on, packages should depend on x-server instead of xfree86. That way we can support any number of X servers.
  2. There was discussion about custom variable names in PKGBUILDs. I'm pretty sure any variables that start with _ are acceptable as custom variables.
  3. I hurt my foot, so I'm not going to be able to go on a ride for the next two weeks. It also means I'll probably get a bunch of Arch related stuff done. Be careful though, cause I'll probably be grumpy as well.

Archstats Update

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Number of registered systems: 496
Date first system was registered: 20031017
Most recent update occurred: 20040711
Longest recorded uptime: 175 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes, 55 seconds.
Average uptime: 5 days, 7 hours, 20 minutes, 5 seconds.
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 267
Most packages installed on a system: 733

Forum Highlights

Mailing List Highlights

Nothing interesting this week...

TUR Update

Nothing interesting this week...

Package Highlights

New Packages


Q: Is there a kernel source package?
A: No, there is not. Arch (unlike many distributions) uses a vanilla kernel, so the source code at is enough to build an Arch kernel. Other distributions have applied many patches that require a special source package.


Bugs Closed

1096. openoffice 1.1.2-1
1092. nano update and compile option change
1052. libdivxdecore conflicts with divx4linux
901. libusb fails to download
897. libicq2000 download issues
1070. Gthumb can't load on start
852. extutils-depends and extutils-pkgconfig have incorrect descriptions
1025. sshd refuses to start on IPv6-capable systems.
1083. bluez-utils package's init script package misplaced
1084. gthumb: Missing build-dependency 'perlxml'
559. ClanLib [please those basic libs with all the --enable that are recommended] plzz
907. gnome-python depends on pyorbit
1081. apmd build error
1082. ircd refers to i686-pc-linux-gnu in build function
1080. wvstreams has a build error
967. gnome-spell crash
1071. galeon does NOT depend on linc
1038. sane usb hotplug script
1067. sane package hotplug now fixed and additional usb info added
1060. latex: Missing 'listings' package in tetex pkg

Bugs Opened

1106 ispell depends on ncurses
1105 pacman 2.8-1 No colored Messages
1104 cvsup md5sum isn't right for i586
1103 isdn4k-utils won't build with gcc 3.4
1102 ircii-pana has trouble building with gcc 3.4
1101 iproute's patch from debian has been upgraded
1100 codecs source file no longer exists
1099 cdparanoia won't compile with gcc 3.4
1098 blackbox won't build with gcc 3.4
1097 bluez-utils package lacks some backup=() things
1095 PHP UnixODBC support
1094 gossip is missing a dependency, and last gossip package JUST does NOT work
1093 Povray out of date
1091 errors occure when upgrading libusb
1090 libxine needs to find the XV libs
1089 Abuse 0.7.0-2 doesn't start
1088 pacman error message
1087 Patch to make pacman keep files that are added to the backups array
1086 clisp won't download
1085 scroolkeeper errors on update of catalogue
1079 glut has x-server as a makedepend
1078 libtiff creates a usr/local directory
1077 perl modules packages' names do not follow a common scheme
1076 perlxml misnamed
1075 modprobe: Failed to open config file /etc/modprobe.devfs
1074 sdl_mixer looks in /usr/local for config files
1073 Can't Add Search Engines to Mozilla-Firefox
1072 unixODBC is missing GUI


Please remember, if you have anything you'd like to be in the newsletter, feel free to email either Jason or myself. We don't always get all the interesting news.

That's it for this week, stay tuned for more exciting Arch Linux news.