Arch Linux Newsletter

April 17, 2005
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. Devland Update
  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. AUR Released!

    It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of the AUR. You may visit it at:

    The Guidelines linked off of the front contain essential information about the AUR, so you should start by reading those. It's a short read.

    Please leave feedback in Flyspray if you find things that aren't working properly. There's a link to Flyspray on the AUR front page.

    Far from the end of the AUR project, this is the first step in its lifecycle. The initial goal of this project was to replace the incoming FTP directory with something better and more organized; I think we have achieved that and then some. From here we need to work together to improve it.

    I deserve only a small amount of credit for bringing this project to launch. I would like to thank Jason Chu and Eric Johnson for being the ones to carry AUR through the initial design and coding stages. I would like to thank Ben Mazer for his invaluable leadership in helping us figure out how the AUR will serve the needs of the existing TU community, and helping to communicate that and hammer out the details. And I'd like to thank all of those who have already given feedback, patches, and other useful help in getting us this far.

    That's it; have at it!

    - P

Devland Update

  1. I am still looking for someone to take over the maintenance of the majority of my packages. Who wants to become a developer and help me out?

Archstats Update

To Participate, visit:

Number of registered systems: 1029
Date first system was registered: 20031017
Most recent update occurred: 20050417
Longest recorded uptime: 445 days, 9 hours, 22 minutes, 39 seconds.
Average uptime: 6 days, 21 hours, 1 minutes, 12 seconds.
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 307
Most packages installed on a system: 1230
Slowest recorded CPU (MHz): 198.65
Average CPU speed (MHz): 1630.57
Fastest recorded CPU (MHz): 3749.52

Seti@Home Update

To Participate, visit:

Members: 28
Results Received: 14645
Total CPU time: 16.899 years

Forum Highlights

  1. Many people were having trouble syncing with pacman this week. The Arch FTP server was getting overloaded. Simply change the top mirror inside /etc/pacman.d/* to another server.
  2. Rasat has announced Archie, an Arch LiveCD that is much faster than the previous AL-AMLUG.
  3. Vande198 has run some interesting tests, compressing pacman packages with different formats (gz, bzip, 7zip). Overall, 7zip has the best compression.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. Jürgen Hötzel wanted subpackages in Arch. Jason's response:
    There are no plans to create multiple packages from a single PKGBUILD. We'd have to change way too much logic. *Everything* assumes there's one package per PKGBUILD.
  2. Pierre Schmitz wanted to know why the AUR system isn't wiki-based where anyone can edit a PKGBUILD. This idea was discussed during AUR formation, and we felt that it would be too messy and would discourage some people from contributing PKGBUILDs. The Comment function was added to provide feedback ability though, so feel free to attach updated/changed PKGBUILDs in a comment.

TUR Update

AUR is released! TUs will slowly be moving their packages over, so please be patient. For all the latest information (and if you plan on contributing a PKGBUILD), please subscribe to the TUR mailing list.

We will also be accepting new TUs. Please wait a week before submitting new applications, as we are still trying to get everything transferred over. The TU admission process is described in the AUR Guidelines.

Package Highlights

  1. GAIM 1.2.1 was released. This updated contains a number of security fixes, and everyone should upgrade. See the changelog for the details about the problems.
  2. Evince 0.2.0 was released. The backend how now been rewritten to use threads, so the interface should be much more responsive.

New Packages


Q: The Arch kernel is not compiled with a module/option I need. What do I do?
A: You'll have to recompile the kernel. This can either be done the manual way (the package can be removed), or the Arch way via ABS. If only a simple CONFIG change is needed, inside the ABS directory for the kernel, edit the 'config' file and recompile (with 'makepkg'). If more complex changes are needed, see the wiki article on the subject.


Bugs Closed

Bugs Opened


If you are interested in helping out with the newsletter, specifically writing one section every two weeks, please email Jason or myself. We could use some more volunteers.

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