Arch Linux: Desktop environment (Start from X)

I find LXDE installation is the easiest among other desktop environments. LXDE includes openbox as its windows manager. Before I install any desktop environment I installed a few things and did a few works. Avoid upgrade Arch mindlessly unless it was really necessary...ArchLinux is not difficult to install but it is very easy to break, … Continue reading Arch Linux: Desktop environment (Start from X)

Arch Linux: Error occurs no packages were upgraded.

Contains two error: 1. /etc/mtab exits in filesystem 2. /etc/profile.d/locale.sh exits in filesystem General solution is to do pacman -Syu --force. It seemed previously failure to install anything useful in openbox were due to these two errors. After I did a force upgrade, problem resolved and I can install useful tools onto openbox.

Arch Linux: Install OpenBox

Install OpenBox Transfer menu.xml, rc.xml and autostart in ~/.config/openbox Do this with normal user. Use ls -lah ~/.config/openbox to verify: Install pyxdg from the repo: pacman -S pyxdg Install xinit pacman -S xorg-xinit xinit is X.Org initialization program.   Install Xorg server Xorg server is needed to start X, xinit will not work if there … Continue reading Arch Linux: Install OpenBox

Arch Linux: Video driver (virtualbox)

I need a video driver in order to install X, and then OpenBox or other desktop manager. 1. Install libdrm-2.4.30-1. pacman -S libdrm 2. Install dkms. pacman -S dkms 3. Install virtualbox-archlinux-additions. pacman -S virtualbox-archlinux-additions 4. Manually load the drivers: modprobe -a vboxguest vboxsf vboxvideo Do a lsmod to confirm: 5. Include the three drivers … Continue reading Arch Linux: Video driver (virtualbox)

Arch Linux: Pacman package manager

Only core.db is installed in the hard disk, extra.db and community.db have to be downloaded. To download these database, I will need to use Pacman to synchronize the database: pacman uses the mirrorlist located in /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist file. Synchronizing repository database pacman -Sy Synchronizing and upgrade the system pacman -Syu Arch Linux advised to upgrade pacman … Continue reading Arch Linux: Pacman package manager