Arch Linux Newsletter

September 19, 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. Seti Update
  5. Forum Highlights
  6. Mailing List Highlights
  7. Tur Update
  8. Package Highlights
  9. New Packages
  10. FAQ
  11. Bugs
    1. Closed Bugs
    2. Opened Bugs
  12. Closing

Front Page News

  1. Gnome 2.8 in Testing
    Arjan has finished packaging Gnome 2.8. It's sitting in Testing, waiting for all you diehard Gnome users to break it :). Bugs go to the you-know-what.
  2. cdrtools v2.01 released
    Due to the fact that there is no development cdrtools version at the moment, the cdrtools-devel package in the 'unstable' repository is still at 2.01a38-1 while the official cdrtools (in the 'current' repo) is at 2.01-1. Thus, users of the cdrtools-devel package should upgrade to cdrtools until a new development version is released. To do so run:

    pacman -R cdrtools-devel
    pacman -S cdrtools

This Week in Devland

  1. Apart from running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to upgrade and fix packages, nothing new has really happened.

Archstats Update

To Participate, visit:

Number of registered systems: 633
Date first system was registered: 20031017
Most recent update occurred: 20040919
Longest recorded uptime: 234 days, 11 hours, 26 minutes, 38 seconds.
Average uptime: 6 days, 0 hours, 29 minutes, 23 seconds.
Lowest kernel version: 2.4.21
Highest kernel version: 2.6.9-rc1-love2
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 280
Most packages installed on a system: 1059

Seti@Home Update

To Participate, visit:

1) wojtek: 3.567 years
2) jakenull: 1.745 years
3) Pink Draco: 6758 hr 34 min
4) DaDeXTeR: 6940 hr 34 min
5) TORIN Daniel: 1.056 years
6) cgill27: 1.210 years
7) khaos: 2.336 years
8) Nikolas: 1842 hr 14 min
9) Steady: 1183 hr 50 min
10) Atriqus: 195 hr 50 min
11) CrAsH: 399 hr 16 min
12) ds: 346 hr 12 min
13) Piotr Sadowski: 83 hr 36 min
14) 12: 9 hr 55 min 54.3 sec
15) iggyatwork: 18 hr 04 min
16) Kritoke: 0 hr 00 min

Forum Highlights

  1. There is a new Belgian ArchLinux mirror. Read the announcement for all the links.
  2. In an interesting twist on the patch package idea, dibblethewrecker has suggested a special "fixes" dependency for large packages. Some problems would be complexity and file conflicts

Mailing List Highlights

Nothing interesting this time.

TUR Update

  1. Link has been working on a Ximian-OpenOffice package. Test it out, and offer your feedback to the TUR-list.
  2. I've added an arch-artwork package to STAGING. It contains some propaganda pieces for Arch. Be sure to test it out and submit your own art.

Package Highlights

  1. KDE 3.3 was packaged. This has new features, bug fixes, and plenty of other changes. Read the announcement for the whole story.
  2. 6.8.0 was packaged this week. This is the first major release since the XFree86 split. Read the release notes for all the additions.

New Packages


Q: How do I add TESTING or another extra repository to pacman?
A: Yes, there are instructions scattered around for this, but lots of people ask it. You'll add something like this to your /etc/pacman.conf, before [current]:

Server =
Resync after adding the repo.


Bugs Closed

1417 texdoctk doesn't run
1365 mozilla-gtkmozembed.pc is not in the PKG_CONFIG_PATH
1440 Mozilla update after gcc Update
1283 mozilla needs extra configure option
1284 mozilla postinstall adds wrong path to
1469 Missing dependency for Nautilus 2.8
1391 libtrash - /etc/profile.d/libtrash
966 xscreensaver not available in gnome desktop preferences menu
1468 Missing dependency for Nautilus 2.8
1467 gnome 2.8 - install issues
1386 gnome-pilot missing postinstall script
1363 gnome-pilot links to readline4
1433 Adding documentation about makepkg -e in the manpage
1407 gthumb: not compiled against libexif or libgphoto2
1436 gnome theme manager freezing
1348 [PATCH] Remove orphans not explicitly installed
1401 Most gnome PKGBUILDs contain an error
1439 kde menus and task bar
1438 kde menus and task bar
1461 kde 3.30-3
1359 TUR repo list in /etc/pacman.d/tur?
1247 pacman list.c sort on insert
1396 backup files must not be checked for conflicts
1444 pacman: Show total size of packages before downloading
1306 Pacman showing disk space required for installation
1355 Allow 'pacman -Qil '
1413 pacman cant handle over 1 hyphen in pkgver
489 /var/run/utmp not correctly updated with kernel 2.6.3
1450 icewm: no icons, buggy window decorations
1039 please add eject as depency for kdebase
1460 Filesystem-0.7-3 package errors on fresh builds
1453 possible typo in mp32ogg PKGBUILD
1456 /usr/lib/ no version information available
1448 ppp accesses files outside of $startdir/src and $startdir/pkg
1447 typos in
1457 "motion" package broken
1246 mozilla-thunderbird has a makedepend of zip
1019 Mozilla Thunderbird crashes when reading messages with attachements
973 Most packages shouldn't depend on linc
1379 mp32ogg cannot resolve dependancy string-shellquote
995 transcode will not compile
994 transcode unable to use xvid option
996 avifile will not compile
1074 sdl_mixer looks in /usr/local for config files
1426 libtheora also depends on libvorbis
748 dcgui-qt needs to be recompiled (still using openssl 0.9.6)
1351 valknut
1442 xorg.conf does not exist after installation
1441 xorg.conf does not exist after installation
1353 Moon-lander.. Broken Package... Poor Package
1425 xscreensaver4.18-3 is missing all openGL based screensavers
1301 xscreensaver is looking for /usr/games/fortune
1319 barcode conflicts with xscreensavers
850 Add category Packages: Incoming
865 Include firewall script in default install
1299 prelink cannot work with non-PIC library 'libz'
1278 kernel 2.6.8
1257 mount /mnt/fl/ fails
1329 ppp-2.4.2 bug: "... Terminating on signal 15." floods syslog
1418 qt needs a rebuild
1429 wrong path to sed in apache libtool
1432 no version information available
1428 nmap 3.70 do not include gtk-1.2 as dependency
1427 XDG correct implementation
1312 .7 beta ISO , kdelibs and arts failure
1372 enviroment variables
1408 new xorg forces some changes in rc.sysinit perhaps
1415 New Xorg leaves SysV garbage all over the place
1358 RDF feed for news section ?
1424 musicbrainz needs rebuild
1285 Ogg Theora enable Arch Linux
1362 cdcd links to readline4 instead of readline5
1309 imlib2 breaks eterm
795 perlXML and irrsi package problems
840 icewmconfig
1197 GAIM-0.80-3 / PERL-5.8.5-2
1416 linking problem with gphpedit
1196 irssi rebuild for new perl version
1211 imagemagick should use site_perl/current instead of site_perl/$perlversion
1300 streamtuner 0.12.5-1 segfault
1364 librep links to readline4
1108 rcs incorrectly uses -c of su in PKGBUILD
1117 windowmaker installs to /usr/etc
1382 Incorrect md5sum in mplayer pkgbuild
1233 gtkspell on gaim doesn't work
1377 Audacity broken
1120 Error in new jack package's rc.d script
1405 gphpedit missing dependency
1404 wxgtk needs to be recompiled with new gcc 3.4.2
1339 passepartout links to nonexistent files
1314 Fetchmail does not include SSL support
1400 xine should be built with --enable-faad to support MPEG4Audio
1307 libxml2 : xmlautomata.h
1380 atk in current is development version
1389 gphoto2 can't find libgphoto2
1397 option to stop upgrading on first conflict
1387 kernel PKGBUILD
1402 GCC and GTK2 probs
1398 nvidia drivers
1395 make faad2 support MPEG4 audio
1393 frozen-bubble: arguments not passed
1392 Liquidwar needs rebuilt.
828 kde-i18n problem
1388 qtparted dependencies

Bugs Opened

1475 thunderbird needs rebuild
1474 Gnome 2.8 and Help
1473 Gnome2.8: Window Selector crashes itself on use
1472 breaks path to shared mime dbase
1471 Gnome and KDM
1470 glibmm, gtkmm, libglademm... all *mm needs recompile
1466 xorg dumps back to the terminal
1465 Mozilla crashes when entering a flash webpage and the Composite extension is enabled
1464 mplayer is compiled without support for arts
1463 KIO-FTP does not work
1462 Makepkg manpage compression
1459 Add i915 dri module to kernel.
1458 "dcd" dependency problem
1455 Coreutils does not accept old syntax
1454 Coreutils uname does not report many CPU types
1452 Add support for Keyspan USB Serial Devices
1451 Firefox Crash under xorg 6.8.0 & gnome/kde
1449 moon-lander description
1446 idea: make bash an implicit dependency for any package with a scriptlet
1445 nedit doesn't work with xorg 6.8.0
1443 local version is newer (should say what it version it skipped though)
1437 Xorg 6.8 Crash on return from VT
1435 xorg-11R6.8.0-2 upgrade problems
1434 gaim crashes
1431 kopete jabber ssl not working
1430 i586 repo missing setup files
1423 conglomerate looks for wrong path
1422 vpopmail 5.2.2 has security issues
1421 xorg won't build against nptl
1420 xorg won't build against nptl
1419 j doesn't start
1414 kernel/gcc340 patch for i386
1412 gtkspell note
1411 Makepkg would build with fakeroot
1410 mkvtoolnix links to - broken
1409 Kmplayer conflicts with kdelibs
1406 Request for Apache Jakarta Tomcat Server
1403 add bdb support to mysql please
1399 gcc 3.4.2 causes trouble
1394 nforce pkg + hotplug pkg = hotplug lockup
1385 bluez-utils missing dependencies
1384 Patch to devel/cvs for passing args in CVS_RSH; important for certain fakeroot builds with makepkg


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.