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#1 Re: Installation » spring release question » 2017-03-19 01:36:10

I simply remove service from /etc/systemd/system, the directory is used by systemd to start services there automatically.

Load up lxdm start and enable it service then edit /etc/lxdm/lxdm.conf as required.

There are of course other login managers available wink

#2 Re: Hardware & Multimedia » Gstreamer-base-plugins problem » 2017-03-18 02:12:53

Looks like many packages are being removed as they are not being updated/maintained.... … 28638.html

#3 Re: Installation » spring release question » 2017-03-18 02:11:02

ArchBang is basic because it was always meant to reflect the mighty CrunchBang distribution. Applications are kept to a bare minimum to allow a user to try out Archlinux or install and then create their own system. We do not ship with lxdm, basically we use an autostart method based on getty (take a look at /etc/systemd/system) then X is started via bash_profile.

We always welcome comments and suggestions, any additional packages or changes that could be made to make ArchBang even better.

#4 Re: Pacman/Packages » Pacman fails to run » 2017-03-16 14:34:23

You should always check what package owns lzo file before deleting it, there could be a number of reasons why file is already in system.

Have you tried to reinstall lzo? looks like it is required by cairo...

Did you force or install anything that was not via pacman? or from aur?

#6 SystemD free projects » OpenRC guide for going systemd free [Work in Progress] » 2017-03-11 02:49:10

Mr Green
Replies: 0

You will a wealth of information here

This guide assumes you are comfortable working in a terminal and for the sake of testing I would recommend running inside a virtual machine (Virtualbox).

In this guide you will be able to convert a stock ArchBang install to OpeRC and remove systemd in the process.

1) Edit /etc/pacman.conf and add the following...

SigLevel  = Never
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist-openrc

SigLevel  = Never
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist-openrc

2) Create openrc mirrorlist-openrc

## Arch Linux OpenRC repository mirrorlist
## Generated on 2016-06-09

Server =$repo/$arch
Server =$repo/$arch
Server =$repo/$arch

3) Update repos and prepare for OpenRC install

 sudo pacman -Syyu

#7 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-06 10:14:34

Starting to think there is an issue with Grub, going to test under VM then report back. Hopefully syslinux is ok, at least then you may have more of a chance to install and have a running system to work from. Be mindful that gpt devices are let say more complicated to set up.

Following your grub guide I got install working under Virtualbox, did have to load virtualbox-guest-utils to get xorg to work.... Going to check installer

#8 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-05 04:42:17

Not seen or heard from the wandering sage Oliver for quite sometime... think he has gone over to the dark side Windows 10!

#9 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-05 04:32:20

Used to have may more groups set up out of the box, since systemd takes over everything took most of them away...

#10 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-05 04:19:08

Not sure fully on pcmanfm support, spacefm would mount external drives out of the box. I personally use command line for mounting, know there are many options...

Might look at adding udevil, pmount is handy via command line.

Only reason I switched was the fact SpaceFM has gone into aur... not impossible to add but does create more work during iso build.

#11 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-03 23:48:19

Sorry wanted to get isos up, will check guide and edit my first post.... figured screenshot would say more than words wink

#12 Announcements » Blown away by..... » 2017-03-03 01:38:06

Mr Green
Replies: 0

Over 1000+ downloads on new release in 2 days an all time record... Want to thank you all for your time and support.. wink

Gives me the drive I need to get working on Summer release which is going to be even better !!!!!

#13 Re: Openbox » Adding power options tint2 » 2017-03-03 01:28:09

Think if you combine launcher with oblogout then its win win. May look at this as an option in next release, possibly a simple menu..... … n-openbox/

Install gxmessage then above will work


gxmessage "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer?" -center -title "Take action" -font "Sans bold 10" -default "Cancel" -buttons "_Cancel":1,"_Log out":2,"_Reboot":3,"_Shut down":4 >/dev/null

case $? in
echo "Exit";;
killall openbox;;
sudo shutdown -r now;;
sudo shutdown -h now;;

You may want to change case options, openbox --exit, systemctl poweroff .....

Just giving more ideas wink

#14 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-02 01:46:36

Just checked downloads 500+ in less than 24 hours a new record for us.... wink

#15 Re: Openbox » Adding power options tint2 » 2017-03-02 01:45:59

Take a look in ~/.config/tint2/tint2rc file, think I left launcher code.

# Launchers
#launcher_icon_theme = hicolor
#launcher_padding = 5 0 10
#launcher_background_id = 0
#launcher_icon_size = 20
#launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop
#launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/pcmanfm.desktop
#launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/l3afpad.desktop

You would need to create a .desktop file and or script to allow you to do it.

Quick search

#16 Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-01 02:25:09

Mr Green
Replies: 17

Just uploaded ArchBang Spring Release


512aff80e1e111a39a92dcde884fba62a6bdd9409dd44d7717a45558febe5b0d  archbang-0317-i686.iso
2e78aaa0f76c3d9fd1f68c64b550e6931116420e6fd79bfcff9130c8b519b61e  archbang-0317-x86_64.iso

Openbox, Tint2 and Conky are back. PcmanFM replaces SpaceFM as it has gone into AUR.

Added Deadbeef and Volumeicon for some playing MP3s or streaming internet radio.


Please feel free to comment and post feedback in this thread.

As always any support you can give helps greatly towards hosting and further iso versions..

Enjoy wink

Mr Green

#17 Re: Announcements » Do not enter Top Secret iso based on Alpine » 2017-02-28 13:38:39

Quite a bit of work to do before I can get something out that has all the required components. Currently I have Openbox and a background. Still need to work on wifi or getting network manager.

Am hoping to get a new version of ArchBang OpenRC out at some point.

#18 Re: Hardware & Multimedia » Can´t setup wifi on a ibm thinkpad z60m » 2017-02-27 00:57:15

Only thing I could find is in Russian

Scroll down to wifi section might be of some help.

#19 Re: Pacman/Packages » Problems with updating a fresh archbang install » 2017-02-25 02:28:03

Post install as seventh has stated pacman keys do need to be configured. This was done to make new install as 'arch like' as possible. Live keys are loaded to allow a user to use pacman, mainly for testing or system maintenance.

#21 Re: Pacman/Packages » Problems with updating a fresh archbang install » 2017-02-24 23:37:09

Edit mirror list for local server then set up pacman-keys...

#22 Announcements » Spring release is coming... » 2017-02-22 04:57:55

Mr Green
Replies: 1

Early next week ArchBang will get its first release of 2017. Many old favourites will return. SpaceFM however has gone into AUR, this means we will run pcmanfm for the time being. ArchBang is based on the ideals of CrunchBang so Openbox is back with Tint2 and Conky.

In line with Archlinux this will be the on the last i686 isos, this will give me more time to work on an OpenRC version (more on that soon).

My Alpine desktop iso is coming along but it is no where near ready for a release, still lacks a panel, browser, network manager and quite a few other required applications.

Managed to get around half of hosting costs thank you wink ...

Wiki is not running at the moment not sure yet what the problem is, possibly a database issue....

Mr Green

#23 Re: Introductions » Newcomer » 2017-02-21 01:00:21

At the moment our wiki seems to be down, it could have given most of the information you required. Hopefully i will be able to get it fixed in the near future.

Welcome to ArchBang

#24 Re: Introductions » Former #!'er » 2017-02-17 00:21:14

Things have been quiet of late, think more users are turning to the more vitamin rich distros.

Glad you managed to find your way here.

Welcome to ArchBang wink

#25 Announcements » Spring release with have some old friends return » 2017-02-14 11:34:03

Mr Green
Replies: 2

Openbox and Tint2 will return for Spring release, while I have no problem running JWM think it is best that ArchBang stays true to its roots.

Alpine iso development is painfully slow but hopefully soon I can show something for my work.

Mr Green

#26 Re: Introductions » Gday from Australia » 2017-02-12 03:21:59

If you get stuck in console again under Virtualbox, git host key (right ctrl) and F3 then it will give you console login. Then you can edit /etc/default/grub then rebuild boot menu with

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

#27 Re: Introductions » Gday from Australia » 2017-02-09 00:37:10

Wondering if this is related … ramebuffer

Certainly not had this before and I use virtual box for testing...

#28 Re: Announcements » Do not enter Top Secret iso based on Alpine » 2017-02-09 00:21:59

Have got auto login working now just need to start X. Need to get undeveloped and dubs working too. Noticed that I am still running mdev.

Still got some work to do to get anything near what ArchBang does out of the box....

#29 Re: Announcements » Do not enter Top Secret iso based on Alpine » 2017-02-08 01:18:00

Thing is Alpine does not use agetty, busybox has getty. Found an article that allows getty to run a script that might work. If I build Alpine-desktop ISO lxdm works (although is slow). Slim could be another option but according to arch wiki project is dead.

#31 Re: Introductions » Gday from Australia » 2017-02-07 14:40:34

Pacman keys should be loaded on boot 'live', once installed you do have to set them up (as above). Not sure what grub error is, usually test with syslinux. Anyway glad it is finally working.

Welcome to ArchBang wink

#32 Re: Announcements » Do not enter Top Secret iso based on Alpine » 2017-02-07 14:37:44

I am finding getting a live Alpine system up and running very difficult, do not fully understand its workings (which does not help). What is interesting is the 'live' part is simply a layer.

Something like this

Base system ... which is started by initfs
Apks are then loaded from a directory
Overlay --- system files [/etc & /home]

Problem I have is although apks are 'there' they are not loaded on boot (still have no idea why). All I do know it has something to do with /etc/apk/world...

I get get system to boot, manually start X (lxdm fails) but I cannot get my jwm config to load.

Alpine is amazing just for how small and fast it is, but I do find it frustrating in setting up.

Maybe it is more suited to servers, docker and simple ssh machines...

#35 Announcements » Do not enter Top Secret iso based on Alpine » 2017-02-05 11:04:43

Mr Green
Replies: 9

I have uploaded my first Alpine Linux based iso for testing, it is very rough so do not expect too much. Would be interested in feedback based on if you think a ArchBang style iso based on Alpine Linux would be of any interest.

Key points:

Jwm window manager
Openrc init...

You will find i686 iso on our sourceforge page.

Am hoping the lovely and very wonderful Chris Cromer could give me some pointers on Openrc (autologin for one)

#36 Re: Installation » [Solved] Change i686 to i86_64 » 2017-02-05 00:37:54

You would more than likely have to reinstall, certainly it would be a better option on a modern 64 machine. You /home directory could easily be backed up and reused. Make a list of your current installed packages and your good to go wink

#37 Re: Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2017-02-04 03:58:04

Once I can get jwm to autologin then i may have something to upload, still not fully up to speed on alpine 'world' file.


live user password
theme including background
addition of useful applications

#38 Re: Feedback » ArchBang ISO with JWM » 2017-02-03 14:46:54

My thoughts are to keep ArchBang openbox based and upcoming Alpine release based on Jwm. Will get something uploaded hopefully soon.

#39 Re: Arch Discussions » Ending 32bit support » 2017-02-03 14:44:44

@Chris it will certainly half my workload too wink

#41 Re: Feedback » ArchBang ISO with JWM » 2017-02-03 00:54:39

Take a look at

It is not dynamic, it does not update menu when you add applications but of course when run again or reloaded it does work.

Although wiki does not show jwm it will work wink

Just something I have not got around to adding.

#42 Re: Feedback » ArchBang ISO with JWM » 2017-02-02 00:44:00

Do need to work on jwm to get it more like openbox. Window issue could be down to a config issue. Might be worth opening gparted from installer ( as an option). Generally installers are a pain to maintain, maybe we should look at one of gui ones currently available.

Jwm does not include a dynamic menu (yet) something i need to add at some point.

#43 Re: Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2017-01-31 13:45:28

So after some head scratching I have now got apkovl (configuration overlay) working. Also have many of the missing packages required live installed. For the first time I managed to get jwm running if only without and keyboard or mouse control. Still lots of work to do but progress may be faster now...

#45 Re: SystemD free projects » Yes you can run Arch without Systemd!!!! » 2017-01-30 00:29:25

Maintaining two ArchBang version was too much work, am currently looking at Alpine Linux which runs openrc out of the box.

#46 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Hosting Costs.. » 2017-01-29 00:51:38

Thanks to all that have helped towards hosting costs, ArchBang lives for another year.

Managed to raise £70 in total wink

#47 Re: Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2017-01-26 14:29:53

Well good news bad news. Overlay function in ISO scripts calls for a tar.gz package from a hosted site, not a problem in itself but as yet have had no luck in getting it to work. My plan now it is overlay during build in the same way archiso scripts do. My other major problem is that some of the required apk packages are not loading during boot, something I am trying to figure out.

#48 Re: Feedback » ArchBang ISO with JWM » 2017-01-25 14:24:59

At the moment JWM support is very beta, still working getting something more polished. Manjaro jwm is very good and has quite a few interesting features.

#50 Announcements » ArchBang Hosting Costs.. » 2017-01-22 02:49:43

Mr Green
Replies: 1

At the end of the month ArchBang hosting comes up for renewal. Cost of hosting plan is £155.99. Do not mind paying towards cost of hosting but I would ask that if you like using ArchBang forums and iso then it would help if you could donate a small amount towards costs.


Thank you...

If you would like to help my paypal address is mrgreen(at)archbang(dot)org...

#51 Re: Announcements » Systemd Isos uploaded... » 2017-01-20 00:51:37

lifehackers killer arch install is not too bad, just be aware that as arch constantly changes these guides may not be fully up to date. Arch wiki is still the best place.

#52 Announcements » Beta isos uploaded » 2017-01-18 05:12:53

Mr Green
Replies: 1

Have built first isos for 2017 wink

Additions include Firefox, gparted and conky

There are changes to xorg video drivers, some of the older ones are no longer maintained and can only be found in aur.

These versions are a blend of curve and lite, they are rough around the edges. Thought my woodland photo was a good idea at the time but it does not work well with conky.

Still find it odd that Firefox requires gtk2 and gtk3 to work, we could built out one of the toolkits or use a different browser.

Thinking I need to check if spacefm is loaded... can add next next release if not.

Consider these 'beta' test, comments and feedback (huge donations!!!! smile ) always welcome

#53 Re: Introductions » Happy New Year » 2017-01-11 15:50:30

More than likely it's an sticky bit on ping command, reinstalling will fix the issue. Something I might look at for next release, possibly set up ping during build.

#54 Re: Introductions » Happy New Year » 2017-01-10 14:40:08

Ok try reinstalling iputils see it that helps....

#55 Re: Introductions » Happy New Year » 2017-01-10 02:00:05

Happy New Year wink

Welcome to ArchBang

Can you post output of

ls -lah /usr/bin/ping

Or is it a network connection issue?

#56 Re: Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2017-01-05 10:19:50

So I tried to build alpine-desktop (without any changes to packages) and it works. Turns out alpine already has an overlay function. Basically you create a tar file with all modifications and build iso with it. Have an issue with network-extras not being included (which makes networking a little difficult). The amazing thing is that with an xfce4 desktop and firefox iso weighs in at 248mbs!! wink

Will keep you posted

#57 Announcements » Happy New Year » 2016-12-31 15:05:15

Mr Green
Replies: 1

Want to wish all our users a very Happy New Year wink

#58 Re: Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2016-12-31 04:32:28

Managed to build a basic iso (alpine-rescue) need to work adapting scripts to allow ArchBang like modifications. I need to add two things overlay of configs and a customize script.

Interesting to note Alpine does supply a desktop iso (not one I could see in their downloads) might be worth building and uploading for users to test wink

#59 Re: Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2016-12-29 12:07:31

And did I tell you Alpine has a pacman package wink

alpine:~$ load pacman
(1/16) Installing libattr (2.4.47-r4)
(2/16) Installing libacl (2.2.52-r2)
(3/16) Installing libarchive (3.2.2-r0)
(4/16) Installing libgpg-error (1.24-r0)
(5/16) Installing libassuan (2.4.3-r0)
(6/16) Installing libcap (2.25-r1)
(7/16) Installing pinentry (1.0.0-r0)
(8/16) Installing libgcrypt (1.7.5-r0)
(9/16) Installing libksba (1.3.4-r0)
(10/16) Installing db (5.3.28-r0)
(11/16) Installing libsasl (2.1.26-r8)
(12/16) Installing libldap (2.4.44-r3)
(13/16) Installing npth (1.2-r0)
(14/16) Installing gnupg (2.1.17-r0)
(15/16) Installing gpgme (1.6.0-r0)
(16/16) Installing pacman (4.2.1-r1)
Executing busybox-1.25.1-r1.trigger
OK: 646 MiB in 238 packages

#60 Re: i3 » i3 on a thumb drive » 2016-12-29 10:50:34

At ArchBang secret test facility am working hard on new release wink

#61 Offtopic » Alpine Linux » 2016-12-29 10:48:24

Mr Green
Replies: 7

I am in the process of testing Alpine linux in the hope of building an ArchBang like iso in the future.

Just some notes on using Alpine and installing. Once iso has booted you simply login a root (no password required)


# setup-alpine

and follow onscreen menus...

One thing to note Alpine does need a working network connection to install, either ethernet or as I found it can setup a wireless connection.

I ran a 'sys' install (hard drive), there is no need to set up partitions installer will do that for you. 

After a few minutes you are ready to reboot.

Once in your new install might be worth starting wpa_supplicant service if you are running a wireless connection.

rc-update add wpa_supplicant

(reboot was needed to get things running)

Right time to get updated and X running

# apk update
# apk upgrade # get system up to date
# setup-xorg-base
# apk add xterm jwm nano  # using jwm for example 
# apk -vv search xf86-video # find a video driver for your system

Start dbus (if not already running)

# rc-service start dbus
# rc-update add dbus # from boot

Test X

# xinit /usr/bin/jwm

Some stats

alpine:~$ df -hT
Filesystem           Type            Size      Used Available Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs             devtmpfs       10.0M         0     10.0M   0% /dev
shm                  tmpfs         753.6M     15.1M    738.6M   2% /dev/shm
/dev/sda3            ext4           69.9G   1006.7M     65.3G   1% /
tmpfs                tmpfs         150.7M    292.0K    150.4M   0% /run
df: /sys/kernel/security: Permission denied
cgroup_root          tmpfs          10.0M         0     10.0M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/sda1            ext4           92.8M     14.7M     71.2M  17% /boot
alpine:~$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1507        157       1350         48         10         99
-/+ buffers/cache:         47       1459
Swap:         3013          0       3013
alpine:~$ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID="3275e4c4-c8c9-4d0b-8fde-82a5375131a2" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="7f35e339-01"
/dev/sda2: UUID="a64e165e-b011-42a4-bc02-f227d6ec3a94" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="7f35e339-02"
/dev/sda3: UUID="0d53505d-ab43-454f-8186-4cd7f91c3e0c" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="7f35e339-03"

Some service stats

alpine:~$ rc-status 
Runlevel: default
 dbus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               [  started  ]
 crond                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              [  started  ]
 sshd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               [  started  ]
 acpid                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              [  started  ]
 lxdm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               [  started  ]
 udev-postmount                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     [  started  ]
 wpa_supplicant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     [  started  ]
 openntpd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           [  started  ]
Dynamic Runlevel: hotplugged
Dynamic Runlevel: needed/wanted
 sysfs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              [  started  ]
 fsck                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               [  started  ]
 root                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               [  started  ]
 localmount                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         [  started  ]
 klogd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              [  started  ]
 networking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         [  started  ]
Dynamic Runlevel: manual

#62 Re: i3 » i3 on a thumb drive » 2016-12-29 09:16:34

Archi3 was quite an old project (arcmchair), at some point I will build an i3 version again.

#63 Re: Announcements » Systemd Isos uploaded... » 2016-12-24 15:47:24

@scjet going to have a few beers over the holidays, will come back in the new year. Got some really cool things planned wink

#64 Announcements » Funding and the right way to ask for it » 2016-12-23 11:20:18

Mr Green
Replies: 1

I have no problem building isos, managed to streamline process to reduce workload to a point. While I was never going to make a living from open source or off the back of the work of Archlinux developers, I do incur costs. Hosting is one (which is covered for next few months). ArchBang is built on a Sony Vaio i7 laptop with 6gb of ram and a 250Gb ssd drive. Most testing is done under virtualbox (far from ideal). Would like to try out other linux bases such as Alpine linux which ticks a lot of boxes, OpenRC, busybox, small footprint and secure.

My problem is how to ask for funding? should I look at sponsors? Look at something like Patreon? Or donations such as Paypal?

What is the correct way to go about funding?

#65 Re: Announcements » Systemd Isos uploaded... » 2016-12-23 11:11:05

@eric Maybe we need a French sub forum?

#67 Re: Arch Discussions » Cheat sheet » 2016-12-19 01:27:29

Old thread alert wink ... it was only meant as a cheat sheet wallpaper (something I found online)... To get up to date information it is worth visiting Arch wiki

#68 Re: Offtopic » Dropping 32bit support » 2016-12-15 11:06:36

Am building lite version i686 at the moment, will try to upload asap wink

#69 Re: Announcements » Quick update to ArchBang Lite » 2016-12-14 12:58:47

No name change, ArchBang is here to stay. wink

#70 Announcements » Quick update to ArchBang Lite » 2016-12-13 10:32:54

Mr Green
Replies: 4

Have uploaded an update to ArchBang-Lite. Minor tweaks and changes (mostly package updates). Going to call it a day until start of new year wink

Planned update OpenRC version and possibly switch our main ArchBang (openbox) to JWM... this of course will include firefox and spacefm.

If anyone a way of getting a gtk3 only version of Firefox then please let me know.

Have a peaceful and Happy Holiday see you all in 2017 \o/

#71 Re: Installation » Openrc Live USB stick won't boot » 2016-12-04 11:54:23

You do have the expertise, Eric and Chris Cromer are the...

'Whatever the challenge they are ready...'

#72 Re: Installation » Openrc Live USB stick won't boot » 2016-12-04 04:25:22

UEFI booting with a live iso is as you say painfully slow, have no idea why. Only comment I can make is that recently creation of uefi support during iso building take as long as the iso iamge. I do know that grub booting of iso images work but have no real way of testing uefi (other than virtualbox). Would disabling secure boot allow a usb device to boot normally?

#73 Re: Openbox » Crash after login » 2016-12-02 14:21:14

Read wiki and it states dkms is for custom kernels.... No need for gifs wink … inux_hosts

#74 Re: Openbox » Crash after login » 2016-12-02 01:11:09

With stock kernel you do not need to use dkms. With dkms kernel updates take forever and I soon stopped using it...

#75 Re: SystemD free projects » Which Versions of ArchBang are Systemd Free? » 2016-12-01 01:06:18

OpenRc is the only systemd free version, curve and lite are based on systemd

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