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#1 Re: Announcements » ArchBang 32bit version » 2017-11-25 07:45:09

Tried to update an i686 laptop yesterday and it wouldn't update anymore...
No suggestions from pacman to use archlinux32.
You can find the information on the Arch website

The end of i686 support


Following 9 months of deprecation period, support for the i686 architecture effectively ends today. By the end of November, i686 packages will be removed from our mirrors and later from the packages archive. The [multilib] repository is not affected.

For users unable to upgrade their hardware to x86_64, an alternative is a community maintained fork named Arch Linux 32. See their website for details on migrating existing installations.

#2 Offtopic » Firefox Quantum FF 57 loses a lot of addons » 2017-11-16 03:52:22

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If you haven't updated yet, you might want to wait till important addons like DownloadThemAll, Sage  and FastDial have good alternatives.
And is it faster? Maybe a bit but that is always the case if you lose a lot of addons.

#3 Re: Announcements » ArchBang 32bit version » 2017-11-13 17:00:07

I'm sure you make some people happy with this..

#5 Re: Installation » Hello again & thanks, plus a GRUB error... » 2017-10-17 15:36:04

Good news you're still alive and kickin'.. greets P.

#6 Re: Introductions » Hello all: dnk8n » 2017-08-26 15:57:45

Welcome, dank8n, for your extensive write up; what a surreal environment to live: such a wonderful nature and so many tensions in the community, with no easy way out .
Your technical knowledge probably surpasses all of us here. So  we feel honoured by your interest and positive first impression of AB.

#7 Re: Offtopic » Conky opacity setting » 2017-08-23 15:37:57

own_window_argb_value     When ARGB visuals are enabled, this use this to modify the alpha value used. Valid range is 0-255, where 0 is 0% opacity, and 255 is 100% opacity.

This also will be necessary:

All you need to do is add own_window_argb_visual yes to your existing conkyrc file

see also … ansparency the first answer

#8 Re: Offtopic » ArchBang changes? » 2017-08-11 13:55:30

A web browser is easily installed; so choose one that suits you.

#9 Re: Announcements » ArchBang is now Artix based... » 2017-08-06 15:50:39

Congratulations with achieving this so soon!

#10 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-07-12 04:03:51

1080 Downloads last week, seems a bit less than  usual. We are most popular in Brazil!! We must be swinging...

#11 Re: Offtopic » Lightweight Linux distros » 2017-07-12 03:55:12

Seems to want  too much at a time this Archlabs. But good there is another choice. Remarkable that they have a project team but no forum!!

#12 Re: Pacman/Packages » Updates » 2017-06-11 14:00:32

I use an old laptop as a music player for my DAC with AB on it. I update it once a month / six weeks; unless there is a warning/risk of breakage than I update right away.

#13 Re: Announcements » News! » 2017-05-30 16:12:39

Congrats with new job, Mr Green!

#14 Re: Introductions » Hi? » 2017-05-25 08:48:24

Thanks for the positive feedback!

#15 Re: Announcements » ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso » 2017-05-10 12:48:13

I'm curious about how this will work out on downloads.
I think it is a brave step to take and lets see where it leads us.
The only necessary thing is to communicate it very clearly to (new) users AB  will be openrc only.

#16 FAQs, Tips & Tutorials » When you have problems setting font size in QT applications » 2017-04-28 15:02:46

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My eyes are deteriorating rapidly and I needed a bigger font size in for example qbittorrent.

I found an easy solution here.

1) Install qt5-styleplugins (aur) and qt5ct (reps)

2) Set environment variable in the file /etc/environment and add the following line:


3) Restart the system

4) Start qt5ct from terminal and select gtk2

5) Start one more time qt5ct from terminal with sudo rights (for qt apps which required sudo rights) and select gtk2

#17 Re: SystemD free projects » ArchBang OpenRC release project updates... » 2017-04-19 14:07:04

Yes, the best thing to do is to make it available and see how well it is received...

#18 Re: Announcements » Quiet on forums so thoughts on Summer release » 2017-04-08 11:46:33

The negative is that a live cd is mostly used to browse the internet.

#19 Re: Announcements » Quiet on forums so thoughts on Summer release » 2017-04-01 12:53:09

* the simple & elegant dark grey theme and wallpaper
* the cool pipe-menus -- seems they put quite a bit work into those

We're not so much interested in looks as the former Crunchbang community. I guess.
But why don't  you write a howto to see what we are missing and maybe that will convince Mr Green to add this  in a later release.

#20 Re: Installation » spring release question » 2017-03-18 08:16:12

First install lxdm and then edit  /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service according to … al_console
so remove this part
--autologin  --autologin (my-username)

#21 Re: Installation » spring release question » 2017-03-17 12:15:29

I suppose autologin is done with lxdm.
I have an older install, so I don't know for sure how it is done in this last release.
You will find the config file in etc/lxdm/lxdm.conf
If you don't want autologin  you have to change
line 3

If you don't have lxdm installed; install it
and see for more info

#23 Re: Announcements » ArchBang Spring Release March 2017 » 2017-03-03 16:22:57

Thanks again. Is the DOC up to date?
I notice you don't mention details , like back to openbox and spacefm replaced by pcmanfm.

#24 Re: Announcements » Spring release is coming... » 2017-02-23 16:30:14

Hope you will get more material support.

#25 Re: Introductions » Newcomer » 2017-02-21 08:04:31

And you should realize that apart for the specific  installation process of AB, the rest is to be found on the Arch wiki;
f.i. an awesome set up see
You are right that the installation process should be addressed clearly in the Doc

Put the information you want in the doc here on the forums and when it is a good addition, I'm sure it will be put in the Doc.
We're not like manjaro but expect people to be self-reliant to a certain level.
If you get stuck then there is the forums for specific questions.

#26 Re: Announcements » Spring release with have some old friends return » 2017-02-17 08:06:43

Good news for me..- for me ob is still the best; and AB as arch version of deb-Crunchbang, we go back to our origin.

#28 Re: Feedback » ArchBang ISO with JWM » 2017-02-03 08:07:52

Thanks for the feedback.
Another problem in JWM was that the windows lose focus in a different way than in openbox.
I happened quite a few times I was typing in the wrong window because the window focus was lost; I believe that in jwm the mouse  is more determining in focusing a window than inOB.

#29 Re: Feedback » ArchBang ISO with JWM » 2017-02-01 05:43:42

I installed the latest beta ios 1686 and I was pleasantly surprised by the simple set up of jwm.
Still missed some features of openbox and because I have  a good openbox set up backud up that is always less work than building that on jwm; so installed openbox.
I also found on this pentium 4 the window changing in jwm a bit buggy, some visual unrest.
About the installation on a dedicated partition with the abinstaller I have  2 remarks:
One is that with using the build in partition tool I got some error regarding superblocks;  an error which took me  some time to discover.
I only found out  by looking  with gparted at the installation.
Repeating the installating with pre partitoning  with gparted avoided this error.

Another problem was with installing grub2.
I did  a manual install with grub-install and got an error that I had forgotten to specify the device
It should have been
#grub-install /dev/sda
I couldn't redo it, couldn't go back to the installation menu  and I couldn't  set up user and root passwd.
Maybe it is better to set the bootloader as  last task?

#31 Re: Announcements » Funding and the right way to ask for it » 2016-12-26 14:41:34

I suggest that you try out different possibilities and try out  if one works out for this situation.
I'm afraid that most users  are not inclined to think in supporting  a project like ours, because they take our existence for granted.
I don't find that disappointing; it's jut the way things have been in the past.
It would be better to name a amount of money you're are aiming at ( say 500 $ ) and  give feedback about what you have got each month.

#32 Re: Announcements » Quick update to ArchBang Lite » 2016-12-16 07:53:24

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

Best wishes and thanks for keeping  AB afloat  in 2016.
Let's hope 2017 will be a better year for the world than 2016.

#33 Re: Installation » grub install error » 2016-12-12 16:42:21

Give information on the partition scheme you're using and hardware ( more hard disks?) Clearly grub can't find the root partition.

#34 Re: ArchBang Installer/.iso Project » ArchBang Lite 50% less fat » 2016-11-29 13:41:07

Look here for more info about jwm: … -378970458
Download configuration Guide Link

@Mr Green: maybe PostX Gnu/Linux  is an interesting distro to examine as an example; it uses openrc as init sytem. … nd-64-bit/

#36 Re: Openbox » [SOLVED] Can't get clock set » 2016-11-12 12:47:57

You could use … col_daemon
and set in /home/username/.config/openbox/autostart

(sleep 20s && sudo ntpd -qg) &

I use the delay to be sure nothing interfers with ntpd

#37 Re: Arch Discussions » Should I get a chromebook? » 2016-10-07 13:47:23

Never compromise too much on your hardware : it will be  a daily nuisance/ source of irritations.

#38 Re: Announcements » ArchBang will live on.... » 2016-10-07 13:45:54

@ josuah: nice post.
I like this kind of creativity.

#39 Upcoming Changes to the Arch System » Update Warnings » 2016-09-23 14:38:08

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This is the new location of the moved Category Update warnings.
Update warnings will be posted here.

#40 Re: Announcements » New Isos for testing » 2016-09-18 09:17:55

THANKS again.. AB still moving on...

#41 Re: Openbox » Is there a way to remember & re-open applications at startup » 2016-09-15 15:41:26

I think fluxbox is best in doing this:
Fluxbox's featurelist.

Some of the main features lay under the hood and might not seem to be obvious at first glance.

One of the most underestimated - although one of the most powerful features - is the apps-file. With this file it is possible to set application-specific parameters for dimension, decoration, default workspace to open on, stickyness and much more. It will let you manipulate almost every setting for any window or application. The best way to learn about it is to visit the wiki-site for the apps-file. … _file.html
See also

#42 Re: Announcements » ArchBang will live on.... » 2016-09-05 05:48:57

Essential to me is the Openbox element of AB.
Tint2, obconf and lxappearance seems essential to me; dmenu is a good and small bonus.
Theme of openbox is not essential. We could do research to make the openbox as small as possible regarding dependencies.

#43 Re: Announcements » ArchBang will live on.... » 2016-09-05 05:41:54

Does ArchBang and ArchLinux support installation on UEFI?
Yes it does.
But honesty requires me to acknowledge the fact that it didn't work for me due to the fact that I used a two hard drive set up.
What I did is installing Manjaro on a small partition of the second hd to solve the boot problem and from there I could install AB.

#44 Re: Offtopic » Its my birthday » 2016-09-05 05:38:13

Many good years to come and good health wished to you!

#45 Re: Announcements » Systemd Isos uploaded... » 2016-07-20 12:16:50

Thanks. Seeing how few mourning we have seen on the forums, most of our users seem to be able to  live with these new developments. Or they are on holidays.

#46 Re: FAQs, Tips & Tutorials » pkgcacheclean replaces cacheclean » 2016-07-08 08:05:11

I hate to have no older packages around. I regularly downgrade packages, when there is some functionality loss after an upgrade.

#47 FAQs, Tips & Tutorials » pkgcacheclean replaces cacheclean » 2016-07-07 04:47:54

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Make room with pkgcacheclean in Arch

All installed packages will be cached in /var/cache/pacman/pkg
If you look in this cache you will be surprised to find as much as four or five versions of the same program.
If you want to make room than it is useful to purge the cache of too many versions of the same program with pkgcacheclean:
Do as root: #pkgcacheclean -v
to actually do it.

Usage: pkgcacheclean [options] [number]
The default number is 2. That means, for all installed packages, the currently used version and the newest of the remaining cache is retained. All caches of not-installed packages are removed.
Currently, supported options only includes -v/--verbose, -q/--quiet, -n/--dry-run, -k/--all-as-installed.


#48 Re: SystemD free projects » Obarun feedback thread » 2016-07-05 03:18:29

Many many many thanks at archbang developers for let's me posting on their forum smile during all this year.

Thank you for your courage to start Obarun and perseverance to keep Obarun going.
Time fort a little birthday present!! And all users of this forum are encouraged to support Eric's work too!

We are much honoured that you keep notifying us and keep using our little place on the net.

#49 Re: Offtopic » End of pacman? » 2016-06-22 11:20:44

Hope it can deliver that it promises. There a lot of applications that are in Linux dwindling away. Maintenance will become much easier. On the other hand we have to wait and see if corporate involvement won't have negative side effects. It almost always has.

#50 Re: Hardware & Multimedia » A program to look through pictures in a folder » 2016-06-18 16:54:48

I find viewnoir very convenient as simple image and slide show viewer; gthumb is very neat for managing image files in folders and simple editing like cropping. Mcomix has the great advantage  that when you have finished  seeing the pics in one folder, it automatically opens  pics in the next folder.

#52 Re: SystemD free projects » Obarun feedback thread » 2016-06-08 11:50:46

More info about S6: … start.html and
Feel terrible about giving so little feedback; fact is  I am hardly ever  playing with the pc these days as I have s many other things to attend to.

#53 Re: Announcements » Summer releases are systemd free!!! » 2016-06-01 13:04:09

ArchBang now comes with OpenRC init by default.

Great!! Congratulations!
This will be a discriminating feature for Archbang; something to make it unique.
Hope we can pull it off..

#54 Re: Announcements » Staff project of the month ---- ArchBang!!!! » 2016-05-07 16:18:02

For our May “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected ArchBang, a simple GNU/Linux distribution that provides a lightweight Arch Linux system combined with the OpenBox window manager. Mr. Green, the current developer of ArchBang, shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): What made you start this?
ArchBang (AB): I took over development of iso for Will at the time to allow him to focus on his studies.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
AB: Mostly; we try to keep iso to a minimum with all the tools you need to install and set up archlinux.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
AB: Newcomers to Arch, Linux or even more experienced users who want a comfortable portable system.

SF: What core need does ArchBang fulfill?
AB: [The need for an Arch Linux system] that’s light, easy-to-use, fast, and up-to-date (as possible).

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using ArchBang?
AB: Try it live or load and run from ram, get the feel of Archlinux without having to install, break or risk your own system.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
AB: We tend to keep things friendly and light-hearted. [We] pride ourselves on helping out when we can or at least point a user in the right direction.

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
AB: Not really noticed that so much; we aim to release every three months (seasonal) subject to any major changes in Archlinux.

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach success?
AB: [It has] allowed users to find and download isos easily.

SF: What is the next big thing for ArchBang?
AB: Working towards a system free iso…

SF: How long do you think that will take?
AB: Hopefully within a few months we can have a fully working release.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
AB: Always looking to upgrade hardware; builds currently limited to the power of my laptop.

SF: If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently for ArchBAng?
AB: For me keeping things light and gui free would be ideal.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
AB: Special thanks goes to Oliver and Pablokal ?

Nice and thanks!  Pity the d got lost in systemd

#55 Re: Introductions » Hi everyone, RuudMans calling » 2016-05-03 07:37:39

Hi Ruud,
Welkom and my compliments for your courage and perseverance.

#56 Re: Installation » Uefi support » 2016-05-02 14:48:27

Thing is I did an uefi install once without problems in a virtual machine but on a dedicated hard drive it didn't work out. So a virtual solution has to be checked for other scenarios.

#57 Re: Announcements » ArchBang still lives » 2016-05-02 14:45:35

I also had trouble to install Archbang on an uefi desktop. Went to a lot of trouble but couldnot solve it. Installed Manjaro and then could easily add Archbang and make it my default sytem.

#58 Re: Introductions » Hello from Greece » 2016-04-27 14:22:38

Please ask new question on new topic.
Tried the Tear Free Option?

#59 Re: Introductions » Hello from Greece » 2016-04-27 06:00:51

open alsamixer and check if the right sound card is chosen; check if the audio channel is unmuted.

#60 Re: Offtopic » User from the past dropping in to say, "Hi!" » 2016-04-26 13:17:18

I remember you, must have been 3 or 4 year. Welcome back.

#61 Re: Introductions » HIII iam New to Linux Please Help. » 2016-04-07 16:32:26

Try Manjaro for the most easy entry into Archlinux or Linux Mint as most easy Linux if you are coming from Windows.
Openbox  is  quite a different window manager and although very user friendly not the first choice for someone coming from windows.

#62 Re: SystemD free projects » Obarun feedback thread » 2016-04-05 04:24:05

Thanks, looks impressive! Congratulations with the results of all your hard work. I hope a lot of users will try it out.

#63 Re: Announcements » ArchBang still lives » 2016-03-20 03:31:20

The humble work is often underestimated.

#64 Re: Openbox » [SOLVED] odd issue with theming » 2016-03-17 13:45:11

Ah, you have xfce installed; that takes care of qt rendering with QT_STYLE_OVERRIDE=GTK+ ; so the extra line does nothing.

#65 Re: Openbox » [SOLVED] odd issue with theming » 2016-03-17 05:10:12

In your /home/user/.config folder there is a Trolltech.conf file
It opens with

filedialog=@ByteArray( ..

(and then  a few rows of digits and letters.)
Put after these rows at the beginning of a new empty row::


This will help qt applications to work better together with gtk.

#66 Re: ArchBang Installer/.iso Project » Quick install » 2016-03-16 03:20:34

Great collaboration you two; my compliments and thanks to Eric!!

#67 Re: Arch Discussions » Work on gtk2 only version has a problem » 2016-03-11 11:50:25

Transparancy is not a big deal to me. Strange btw because we had transparancy for a long time and it should be  possible with gtk2

#68 Re: Announcements » Spring iso releases » 2016-03-02 03:50:00

Thanks you for all your work. Hope more people will show their appreciation!

#70 Re: Pacman/Packages » [Solved] Updated Mirrorlist with Generator now Syy Error » 2016-02-14 11:50:59

Edit : Foolishly forgot to remove the "#" before all the servers .. sorry for wasting thread space/reader time..

#71 Re: SystemD free projects » Finally, they open their eyes » 2016-02-14 11:47:32

we'll be back with a monolithic opaque system with systemd priests to tell us how lucky we are.

This is exactly the result; the crux of the matter;wasn't that what we abhorred in windows  or ios? Back  to lack of control.

#72 Re: Introductions » Howdy » 2016-02-10 14:04:41

Hey, lots of success and luck. The Archwiki is  your best friend in these times:

#73 Re: Feedback » gmrun? » 2016-02-05 04:29:25

The advantage of dmenu over gmrun for me  is that you see the line of available applications and can't go wrong typing the name of the app.

#74 Re: Introductions » Howdy » 2016-02-04 05:50:48

Thanks for your nice story, a new AB user getting a face for us.
If you want to read up on the systemd discussions, you can find a lot on these forums, for instance

#75 Re: Installation » can't login with new user after useradd on system login prompt » 2016-01-22 04:26:34

Did you think of the second step:
# passwd username

? I also would add the new user to the group users in addition to the group wheel

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