Category: Linux

  • How to check package version on Linux

    How to check package version on Linux

    In light of the recent discovery of a backdoor in the XZ Utils package (CVE-2024-3094), knowing how to check package versions on Linux has come to front of mind. I try to be security cautious. Typically I reach for boring ol’ Debian stable for my servers. I do my best to keep them reasonably up…

  • Fix for gnome-keyring 46.0+ disabling ssh-agent

    Fix for gnome-keyring 46.0+ disabling ssh-agent

    A breaking change landed on my Arch Linux system the other day, revealing itself when trying to use git. Usually something like this would wind up in the Arch Linux home page. Not this time. Booting up on a Monday after my end of the week update, I was trying to push some code and…

  • How often should you update Arch Linux?

    How often should you update Arch Linux?

    If you run Arch Linux, or any rolling release system with frequent updates, you have probably asked yourself how often should you be updating it. I’ve run Arch Linux off and on over the last decade and have been through a myriad of update frequencies. Recently, having come back to Arch Linux yet again, I…

  • Update single package with pacman on Arch Linux

    Update single package with pacman on Arch Linux

    There are times I need to update a single package with pacman, even though I try to update my Arch Linux regularly, once per week if possible. Typically, this happens with packages that are network connected and a minimum version is required to run. Discord, the chat service, forces this need very regularly. Risks involved…

  • Dark mode not working with GNOME Terminal on Arch Linux

    Dark mode, I love it so. I use it any and everywhere I can. GNOME has continued to offer better and better dark mode support, initially via dark versions of themes, and more recently, seemingly more native and backed in without much hackery to support it. With the exception of…

  • Zoom failed to start because no Qt platform plugin could be initialized

    Zoom, the video conferencing app, has been part of my work stack for quite a while now. Love it or hate it, it’s probably here to stay. Upon reinstalling Arch Linux on my work rig, I installed Zoom, and lo and behold, Zoom wouldn’t launch. This was a fairly blind…

  • How to install dig on Arch Linux

    If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I am a huge fan of the command-line. Simple applications, they do one thing really well and they can all be piped together to increase their power. One command-line application that I use on the regular is dig. The dig command…

  • libgedit-amtk and amtk are in conflict

    One of my least favorite thing about Arch Linux is the frequency of updates. I get a ton of anxiety when I see the number of packages creep up past 100, but at the same time, I also hate having to update 3 or 4 times per day. To help…

  • How to enable multilib on Arch Linux

    Even with all of the packages available in the Arch User Repository (AUR) it wouldn’t be Arch if I didn’t run into a scenario where I needed to install something from another repository other than the ones that I had enabled out of the box. The package in question would…

  • Error: Cannot find the fakeroot binary on Arch Linux

    As you may already be aware, my blog is primarily a chronicle of the issues I’ve faced and how I’ve went about solving them. Switching back to Arch Linux from Debian recently, and left me with no shortage of new gotchas to document. Nothing that’s left me thinking moving back…