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#1 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Project Updates » 2017-10-19 10:39:55

Both ArchBang versions updated wink

Hopefully Artix updates will start flowing, can then start working towards Winter release...

#2 Re: Installation » Installer Not Showing Partitions » 2017-10-19 10:16:18

Did filesystems get created?  USB partition does not normally show up, would help if you state which version of ArchBang you are using...

#3 Re: Installation » Hello again & thanks, plus a GRUB error... » 2017-10-18 08:48:14

Autologin is in .bash_profile and tty6 (/etc/conf.d).. do have guide on forum (

Grub issue is more from installer itself, can be fixed by loading an iso live and then arch-chrooting in....

I am trying to support Artix as much as possible. Updates are slowly coming through as they set up a more robust build system. Am well aware this takes a lot of time and effort. OpenRC version will get updated soon and I will mirror repos (at least system, galaxy and world).

#4 Re: Openbox » how to do authorization/keyring? » 2017-10-17 07:51:34

You could try gksu or look at gparted.desktop

#5 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Project Updates » 2017-10-16 12:11:07

Systemd version seems to be far more popular than OpenRC version.... at the moment.

Do know that updtes to Artix are starting to come through, though my system did not update correctly (something I am working on!)

Be aware that I do not make a living from producing ArchBang donations help pay for hosting and domain costs. Based on systemd version alone a euro/dollar a download would easily keep ArchBang running for another 5 years!!!

#6 FAQs, Tips & Tutorials » Autologin Artix Version » 2017-10-07 02:28:26

Mr Green
Replies: 0

Some users have concerns about autologin and how to stop or switch to a display manager....

How ArchBang live iso works:

Take a look at /etc/conf.d/agetty.tty6

# Set the baud rate of the terminal line

# set the terminal type

# extra options to pass to agetty for this port
agetty_options="--autologin ablive" <<<

# make agetty quiet

That will allow ablive user to login to console....

In /home/ablive/.bash_profile

# Start x on login
if [[ -z $DISPLAY && ! -e /tmp/.X11-unix/X0 ]]; then
   exec xinit -- /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp vt7

Will start Xorg (Openbox) from console login

To stop or change simply comment out line in agetty.tty6 (marked with <<<) and comment out three lines in /home/ablive/.bash_profile (marked again with <<<).

Then install display manager of choice.

Did switch to lxdm with autologin but it does seem a little pointless as a display manager is not really required live, again users may want to run a different display manager or none at all. Purely personal choice

Note Comment out means use a '#' at start of line wink

#7 Re: Openbox » bluetooth isn't working... » 2017-10-05 09:01:31

No simply started service....

sudo rc-update add bluetooth default

#8 Announcements » For anyone wanted to run stock Arch with systemd » 2017-10-03 10:30:14

Mr Green
Replies: 0

I am uploading an ArchBang-Rc release based on systemd (rough at the moment) there maybe some users out there who wish to run stock Archlinux.

Currently it does not ship with very much (including no browser), installer may not work either.

In up coming weeks I will get installer working with systemd, add a browser, a filemanager.

Still waiting to see what is happening over at Artix, know they are really busy at the moment

#9 Re: Hardware & Multimedia » broadcom-wl from AUR » 2017-10-03 10:10:01

pacman -Ss broadcom
extra/bluez-firmware 1.2-8
    Firmwares for Broadcom BCM203x and STLC2300 Bluetooth chips
    Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver

#10 Re: Hardware & Multimedia » broadcom-wl from AUR » 2017-10-02 08:28:42

With Artix (Openrc) we run linux-lts you will need to bring in base-devel packages

pacman -Ss linux-lts
system/linux-lts 4.9.44-1 (base) [installed]
    The Linux-lts kernel and modules
system/linux-lts-docs 4.9.44-1
    Kernel hackers manual - HTML documentation that comes with the Linux-lts kernel
system/linux-lts-headers 4.9.44-1 [installed]
    Header files and scripts for building modules for Linux-lts kernel
extra/nvidia-304xx-lts 304.137-1
    NVIDIA drivers for linux-lts, 304xx legacy branch
extra/nvidia-340xx-lts 340.102-13
    NVIDIA drivers for linux-lts
extra/nvidia-lts 384.90-1
    NVIDIA drivers for linux-lts
community/r8168-lts 8.045.08-1
    A kernel module for Realtek 8168 network cards for linux-lts

#11 Re: Openbox » bluetooth isn't working... » 2017-10-01 04:49:24

I used these packages...


Start bluetooth service...

Using blueman-applet for tray....

#12 Re: Openbox » bluetooth isn't working... » 2017-09-30 09:07:54

I do have Bluetooth working on my laptop, away at the moment can check how I got it working on my return.

#13 Re: ArchBang Installer/.iso Project » New ArchBang rc-release isos » 2017-09-28 13:03:45

If not up again early next week I will host on our site....

#14 Re: Openbox » archbang openrc menu not showing applications menu » 2017-09-24 13:36:55

Am very aware of the problem, Artix repos are a little behind at the moment... As soon as packages get updated I will upload a fresh iso. A workaround is to uncomment [core] and update perl (perl-xml-parser] then comment [core] back.... temporary workaround for the time being...

Edited posts to include code tags....

Welcome to ArchBang

#15 Re: Introductions » Hello » 2017-09-24 05:24:43

I am thinking of bringing back systemd version sometime in the future just to give users new and old a choice. It will be 64 only and very much stripped down version of regular ArchBang... Watch this space wink

#16 Re: Introductions » Hello » 2017-09-23 01:06:38

I have read your other post and will remove it at your request. Currently we are switching to Artix repos and there will be issues along the way. Know that Artix team are working very hard in the background, so please bear with them (&us!).

Welcome to ArchBang forums, please feel free to post any issues, comments or suggestions wink

#17 Re: Openbox » Menu item for system upgrades » 2017-09-17 12:05:53

What about adding a & at end of line.....?

I simply added an alias to .bashrc called update

#18 Re: SystemD free projects » Some troubles with artix » 2017-09-13 08:50:41

I am aware of some issues with Artix, namely packages are not up to date with Arch. know that they are working hard on getting things running and this of course takes time.

gentoo wiki is also a good source for Openrc.

#19 Re: SystemD free projects » Some issues on the latest verions of Artix » 2017-09-05 08:41:23

@BigF I have used nouveau drivers for many many years without any real problems. I do not play games of need fancy graphics on my old laptop so have managed ok so far. Think Nvidia drivers are not really linked to OpenRC as such (most are modules).

#21 Announcements » Its my birthday » 2017-09-03 12:53:29

Mr Green
Replies: 5

I know its Off Topic but carry on reading!

Had planned on a new release today (my birthday!!) but a recent update to perl has broken archlinux-xdg-menu. Switched out midori for Firefox, new background and a few other small changes.

Hopefully sometime this week it will be fixed and I can release a new autumn iso.

Thank you all for your continued support and thanks goes to the Artix team for all there hard work

#22 Re: Feedback » Pipemenu does not work anymore after upgrade on Sep.2 2017 » 2017-09-03 12:13:46

Issue is that [system] perl and perl-xml-parser are not up to date (with archlinux). A temporary fix is to enable [core], disable [system] and update those packages. Remember to reverse them to reduce any more possible issues.

This for me allowed xdg_menu to work again

#23 Re: Feedback » Pipemenu does not work anymore after upgrade on Sep.2 2017 » 2017-09-03 08:28:44

Possibly but it does state Cpan loaded libraries so not sure... will check just the same


#24 Re: Feedback » Pipemenu does not work anymore after upgrade on Sep.2 2017 » 2017-09-03 01:55:06

Must be a problem with perl/xml, can only suggest a downgrade at the moment. Cannot find any posts on main archlinux forums...

#25 Re: Feedback » Pipemenu does not work anymore after upgrade on Sep.2 2017 » 2017-09-03 00:39:30

Will check out my latest build, see if menu still works....

#26 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Project Updates » 2017-08-30 08:50:08

Have been thinking about new features and isos while on holiday in France. Think a systemd version (albeit very light) might be available soon. Am looking to release ArchBang autumn iso on my return, it will include Firefox browser once more.

Anyway I am going back in the pool......

#27 Re: Offtopic » Conky opacity setting » 2017-08-25 09:30:46

I can only get a solid black background, so thinking it will need compton or alike to work. It was more that text for shortcuts does not show up so well with latest ArchBang wallpaper. If I cannot get it working then I resort to pipemenu instead.

#28 Re: SystemD free projects » Some issues on the latest verions of Artix » 2017-08-24 08:31:28

Can you post your pacman.conf and mirrorlist (/etc/pacman.d). With Artix autofs-openrc is no longer available.

#29 Offtopic » Conky opacity setting » 2017-08-23 10:07:50

Mr Green
Replies: 3

Would like to add opacity to conky background to make it stand out on the wallpaper I want to use, not really sure if it is possible without using compton. Anyone know if it is possible and how to achieve it?

#30 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Project Updates » 2017-08-20 01:44:33

Have been watching some interesting threads on forums that have given me some very useful feedback. Notably the Gparted issue live which I never picked up on and was having problems figuring why it was not working (only installed). Turned out to be a locales issue. Artix handles it more the arch way locales.conf, have made changes to iso and installer so should be fixed now.

Do not get much feedback on Uefi booting, I cannot test very well on my old laptop so am relying on user feedback. Am pretty sure it will not work out of the box as I have made no changes to it.

Many users would like me to ship with three browsers, ten window managers, office suite and games... can honestly say DVD version of ArchBang is a very very long way off... wink

#31 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – no entry for settings in the pipemenu » 2017-08-19 02:57:06

Have tested 'lxde' and yes you do get a settings menu, however most of the items in that menu cannot be opened. Switched back to 'arch' think its something a user can decide to change post install.

#32 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – PCManFM: no trash can – no mount unmount » 2017-08-17 11:46:29

Would go gtk3 tomorrow only quite a few of the applications we ship with require gtk2!

pacman -Qi gtk2
Name            : gtk2
Version         : 2.24.31-1
Required By     : epdfview  firefox  gftp  gpick  gtk-engine-murrine  gtkmm  gtksourceview2  libfm-gtk2  libglade  libxfce4ui
                  lxappearance  lxdm  obconf  tint2  vte

I know I can get gtk2 out of tint2... gtkmm is a dep of gparted! obconf well no big deal rest I could source a gtk3 alternative...

#33 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – no entry for settings in the pipemenu » 2017-08-17 11:43:26

Dropped archlinux-xdg-menu some time ago (forget why now), installed you are free to grab one of the many menu maker applications.

#34 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – PCManFM: no trash can – no mount unmount » 2017-08-16 23:25:00

Thank you so much I was trying to figure out the issue, now I can fix it..... wink

#35 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – PCManFM: no trash can – no mount unmount » 2017-08-16 11:08:45

Can you try loading systemd-dummy and libsystemd-dummy, sometimes it can help....

#36 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – PCManFM: no trash can – no mount unmount » 2017-08-15 12:01:38

Just tested live ISO via USB and it has the same issue, something I will have to look into.

Pcmanfm needs gvfs for trash support... not currently shipped with ArchBang.

Auto mounting is more likely udisks2 again installed not an issue. May add pmount on live ISO.....

#37 Re: Feedback » archbang-artix-rc-140817 – PCManFM: no trash can – no mount unmount » 2017-08-15 11:37:41

Tested and live gparted will not work, did notice conky was missing too. Rebuilt iso with systemd-dummy packages and now conky works.... going to test iso form usb just to make sure its not VirtualBox at fault.

#38 Re: Offtopic » ArchBang changes? » 2017-08-14 10:20:55

Added for next rc release.....

#39 Announcements » ArchBang Project Updates » 2017-08-14 08:39:34

Mr Green
Replies: 4

ArchBang will now run with Artix repos for OpenRC packages. Current openrc/nosystemd repos will very soon be no longer supported.

Will be working with Artix to provide a mirror and hopefully package support.

Migration is certainly possible (follow link in my signature).. if you are not afraid of using a terminal.

Many users are worried about the use of lts kernel, you can of course still load stock arch 'linux' kernel if you so wish. Simply means you need to do a little more work to get it up and running.

Note Enable [core] arch repo and you can then install 'linux' kernel, of course you will have to update your chosen bootloader. I do know that Virtualbox will no longer run unless you load arch modules. Your mileage may vary.

For anyone who wishes to use arch in its pure form (systemd) ArchBang ships with Arch-Install-Scripts. Following Arch install guide

ArchBang is hosting a mirror for Artix, may not be as up to date as standard source forge ones. Hope to update on a more regular basis in the near future.

#40 Re: Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-14 08:33:13

Going 'rc' with this iso.

Midori browser
Mousepad editor

Will add sha sums to first post soon

#41 Re: Offtopic » ArchBang changes? » 2017-08-14 08:17:57

Will add mousepad... for next rc release

#42 Re: Pacman/Packages » systemd and eudev-systemd conflict » 2017-08-14 08:16:53

Not tried yet but if you enable [core] then maybe you can install 'linux' kernel, it might want to install systemd....

#43 Re: Pacman/Packages » systemd and eudev-systemd conflict » 2017-08-13 08:48:16

You will need to reinstall or convert to Artix repos. Currently working towards full conversion to Artix packages.. this will take sometime.

Might be worth reading this how to convert your system

At some point the repos we used to use will be deleted in favour of Artix, if you are still having problems then please feel free to email me.

#44 Re: Offtopic » ArchBang changes? » 2017-08-13 08:44:48

Spacefm would be my first choice for file manager only it is only in AUR at the moment. Going to try midori to see how large iso will be with it.

#45 Offtopic » ArchBang changes? » 2017-08-09 08:47:21

Mr Green
Replies: 8

I want to put this out to all our users. What would you like to see included in ArchBang? Can I remove some of the applications? Reduce number of toolkits?

We ship with:


This brings in gtk2/3 and gtkmm... Thought about removing gtk2 but for reason firefox needs both gtk2 and gtk3.

Did think of going with Netsurf to reduce iso size but some found it a step to far.

#46 Re: Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-09 08:20:11

I have now got installer running, you could try this line 409

Change it look like this (basically add 'lts')

cp /run/archiso/bootmnt/arch/boot/${ARCHI}/vmlinuz ${MNT}/boot/vmlinuz-linux-lts

That should allow mkinitcpio to run without errors.

You will find that you need to edit /etc/conf.d/agetty.tty6 change ablive to <username>

#47 Re: Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-08 10:16:27


New iso, installer is now working.. Firefox is back!

Please note we are now running linux-lts kernel (part of artix repos). Have noticed that I needed to remove vesa driver for Xorg to run under Virtualbox. Not included systemd dummy packages (yet!). You will find that arch [extra] and [community] are missing from pacman.conf (not a big deal to add them back in). Will add them back in via iso in the near future.

#48 Re: Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-08 08:56:00

Maybe look at dummy systemd packages...

world/libsystemd-dummy 233-1
    systemd client libraries without udev; systemd compatibility package
world/polkit 0.113+29+g3272a98-10 [installed]
    PolyciKit with elogind support for non-systemd systems
world/systemd-dummy 233-1
    systemd-sysuser and systemd-tmpfiles binary; systemd compatibility package

See if they help....

Be aware that some Arch based packages are still going to be infected by systemd.

Checked mplayer package does not seem to rely on systemd... you may have some odd package still installed

Yes installer is not working but I am very close to a working version (((still testing)))

#49 Re: Installation » How to install archbang-rc-280617 in VirtualBox » 2017-08-07 13:41:05

As I said Arch wiki is really the place to learn about sudo … le_entries

## Uncomment to allow members of group wheel to execute any command 
# This is for anyone in 'wheel' group password is required
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

## Same thing but you do not need a password, set as default in ArchBang

#50 Re: Installation » How to install archbang-rc-280617 in VirtualBox » 2017-08-07 11:29:08

AB has had sudo rights for user for quite some time, though it is common practice with most distros it maybe a concern for a multiuser system. In that regard I would check arch wiki on sudo and maybe re-enable password for sudo.

#51 Re: Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-07 10:06:40

This might help you and many other users...

..:Artix guide:..

Know that installer will not work at the moment.

For packages add:

Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist-arch

Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist-arch

To the end of /etc/pacman.conf and run

pacman -Syu

You should be able to install what you need.

Installer fix .... in abinstall look for mkinitcpio and change it to this:

mkinitcpio - p linux-lts

Should do the trick!

#52 Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-06 10:40:48

Mr Green
Replies: 11

As some you may know the current OpenRC repos that we use will soon be disabled in favour of a new approach.

Pleased to announce ArchBang OpenRC iso based on Artix repos.

87af3f8bce4290d4cc94e6e790a8044241b0d9314a2ed7687b20217c1808edcc  archbang-artix-rc-140817.iso

Thanks to the Artix team for all there hard work and for allowing us to use there repos to keep ArchBang Borg free!!!!!

Mr Green

#53 Re: Offtopic » obarun status » 2017-07-25 04:33:47

[mrgreen@arch ~]$ ping 
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

Getting nothing....

Will drop Eric an email link him to this post...

EDIT message sent, hopefully he can shed some light on issue

#55 Re: Offtopic » obarun status » 2017-07-24 10:13:26

Seems to be working now....

#56 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-07-22 01:52:39

Openrc is light, fast and easy to use. Issue with virtualbox is more likely intel/vesa driver, had to remove one or other to get it working.

Not sure about /boot problem, normally only test with one partition.

#57 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-07-19 14:21:12

You could simply install ArchBang and convert back to systemd for the full archlinux experience. It is not that difficult to do, provided you are prepared to go into a terminal. There are plenty of full fat systemd arch based isos out there, should you decide otherwise wink

#58 Re: Announcements » Firefox and sound » 2017-07-17 13:46:13

Recently looking at switching to chrome browser, of course you are free to install any browser you wish either live or post install. Rest assured no systemd is at play in ArchBang...

#59 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » Share your ArchBang Desktop Thread! » 2017-07-17 12:16:48

Is that part of the normal tint2 package? only recently added launchers...

#60 Re: Introductions » Hi all, just subscribed: no https? » 2017-07-17 12:15:32

Never noticed, can certainly look into it, see what my hosting package allows

Welcome to ArchBang wink

#61 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » Share your ArchBang Desktop Thread! » 2017-07-16 09:16:06

Have run with a pipe menu in the past, not sure if it would go down to well with purists

aw systemd

Do like gmrun search options wink

#62 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » Share your ArchBang Desktop Thread! » 2017-07-16 03:01:53

Tempted to add gmrun, then remove dmenu... Conky would look much better but I would still need to add keybinds...

#63 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » Share your ArchBang Desktop Thread! » 2017-07-15 06:54:40

Are you using dmenu from run program? I like conky a lot, any chance of config

#64 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-07-12 11:04:04

Could be OpenRC, users might be looking for pure Arch. There are a lot of arch based distros now to chose from. ArchBang started many of them off. People have built on the formula and added extra applications and gui this and that. Looked at ArchBox, Arch + openbox ..... 2.6Gigs!!!!

We have lost 32bit version and systemd maybe it is just too far for some.

#66 Re: Introductions » Complete and utter noob » 2017-07-11 12:54:04

Welcome Chris,

Most of what you may need will be on Arch wiki, please remember that ArchBang although based on Archlinux does ship with OpenRC instead of systemd. For a more pure Archlinux experience you may be better off with Manjaro or Antergos or even Archbox.

That said if you have any questions regarding Archlinux then I am sure we may be able to help.

#67 Re: Offtopic » Lightweight Linux distros » 2017-07-10 08:22:48

Looks good, with super massive kernels and thousands of gui toolkits, not to mention huge browsers. I for one know how hard it is to keep things light and simple.

Maybe it's time for something new, light, fast and above all systemd free!

#68 Re: Offtopic » Lightweight Linux distros » 2017-07-09 01:40:24

If I could get rid of a few of the gui toolkits then maybe I could claw back some space for extra apps. For some reason Arch firefox packages requires gtk2 and gtk3! .... Couple that with gparted which needs gtkmm and things start to get messy. I agree a lighter window manager would be the way to go, we try very hard to keep to the AB ideal of Openbox window manager.

[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep jwm
jwm                     307.00 KiB
Exclusive dependencies:      0 B
Shared dependencies:    241.18 MiB
Total dependencies:     241.18 MiB (241.48 MiB)
[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep openbox
openbox                   1.19 MiB
Exclusive dependencies:      0 B
Shared dependencies:    240.77 MiB
Total dependencies:     240.77 MiB (241.95 MiB)
[mrgreen@arch ~]$ 


[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep firefox
firefox                 131.82 MiB (132.68 MiB)
Exclusive dependencies: 883.00 KiB
Shared dependencies:    534.03 MiB
Total dependencies:     534.89 MiB (666.71 MiB)


[mrgreen@arch ~]$ pacdep chromium
chromium                202.00 MiB (205.05 MiB)
Exclusive dependencies:   3.04 MiB
Shared dependencies:    406.09 MiB
Total dependencies:     409.14 MiB (611.14 MiB)

Not the worlds best browser by any means, but live....

community/netsurf         4.35 MiB (  7.42 MiB)
Exclusive dependencies:   3.06 MiB
Shared dependencies:    375.13 MiB
Total dependencies:     378.19 MiB (382.55 MiB)

#69 Re: Offtopic » Lightweight Linux distros » 2017-07-08 01:21:47

I use Alpine which is very lightweight and fast.... if you are talking live then Austrumi was always a favourite with me. To get a more lightweight distro have often thought of switching to a small browser but this did not go down to well with our users. When I first started working on ArchBang is was around 400Mb now we are over 600Mb with very little extra content.... Maybe more down to kernel, gparted and firefox...

Anyway welcome to ArchBang and thank you for adding us to your site wink

#70 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-06-29 04:51:34

Hi wink,

Am using my own photos to get around any possible copyright issues.... Most things should work out of the box, but just watch those bigger desktops (that you like!).

Welcome back

#71 Announcements » Firefox and sound » 2017-06-28 09:53:43

Mr Green
Replies: 4

Just thought I would post this issue regarding firefox and sound.  If you have that problem then you might need to load pulseaudio.

arch-nosystemd/libpulse-nosystemd 10.0-1 [installed]
    Client library for PulseAudio

Hope that helps...

#72 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-06-28 08:20:18

Everything up! updated packages, updated iso, updated wallpaper.. wink

#73 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-06-27 05:14:00

It was more to reduce workload and to go systemd free. You can simply load up systemd again if you want a more pure arch experience. I do keep an eye on downloads and they have been quite high recently. In the real world I have less time to work on AB.... will update ISO soon

#74 Re: Announcements » News! » 2017-06-15 05:20:25


Still testing Alpine Linux, really enjoying a systemd free experience. Am working on a poor mans install (not much progress at the moment). Alpine can be run completely from ram therefore works really really fast. You can at the end of a session save your work/setting/configs/packages using a combination of lbu and a package cache. it is perfect for older hardware that has lower specs....

A AlpBang version? well not any time soon, have less time to work on iso as it is... though you never know wink

#75 Re: Pacman/Packages » Updates » 2017-06-14 06:18:21

I tend to update when I boot up laptop, Arch is all about running the latest and greatest. Would not leave it more than a couple of months ...

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