Arch Linux Articles

Fixing an Arch Linux system missing vmlinuz

I run into my fair share of “gotchas” as an Arch Linux user. I also stand firmly that I’ve always ran into my fair share of “gotchas” running Linux in general. In fact, I’ve even run into my fair share of “gotchas” on both macOS and Windows systems, so maybe […]

Unable to upgrade ttf-google-fonts-opinionated-git on Arch Linux

From time to time a routine upgrade on Arch Linux ends up causing me a bit of grief. Fortunately, I do like a bit of chaos from time to time and the opportunity to solve problems is why I got into software engineering to begin with. This particular issue was […]

Installing `pacman` breaks dependency replaced by `yay`

Even though I’ve been using Arch Linux for a few years now, from time to time, I do run into small issues that are unique to Arch. One such issue happened when I was trying to upgrade my system, only to be blocked immediately with some sort of dependency mis-match […]

Undervolting the New Dell XPS 15 7590 on Arch Linux

I have a love / hate relationship with Arch Linux. I love the simplicity. I love being able to install everything via my system’s package manager. I love running the oh so shiny and new versions of my favorite software. I hate the seemingly semi-annual issues I have after I […]

How to install packages from testing on Arch Linux

The reason I have stuck with Arch Linux and have looked past the issues I’ve had with it, is because of the availability of newer packages without the need of additional package mangers. That said, I started working on a new project recently, and wasn’t quite ready to move things […]

How to downgrade Terraform to 0.11.x on Arch Linux

The latest minor version of terraform, the 0.12.x series, dropped recently and in true bleeding edge Arch Linux fashion, I’m already running it. Thing is though, the latest release of terraform, even though it’s a minor point release, does include breaking changes from the 0.11.x series. If you’re running Arch […]

How to List Installed Packages on Linux

Originally I was going to talk about how to list installed packages on my desktop distro of choice, Arch Linux. Then I remembered that not everybody is as enlightened as I am, so I should probably cover other distributions as well ;) And really, it’s really not a distro-centric situation, […]

Hibernate laptop on lid close with systemd-boot on Arch Linux

Want to start this post off by thanking my buddy Dean for writing this great guide to setting up hibernate with Arch Linux. Unfortunately, when I went to consult this post the other day to get things setup on my Galago Pro his site was down. Funny enough, it was […]

How to install YakYak on Arch Linux

YakYak is my favorite desktop client for Google Hangouts. It has a clean and familiar UI (with different themes), is cross platform and usually runs pretty well. It’s an Electron app, so if that’s a problem for you, this may not be the client for you. I currently run the […]

System76 Galago Pro (14") Review

Hate to start off this post somewhat negatively, but if you’re only here to leave a snarky comment about how I overpaid for a crappy Clevo machine, you can save yourself the time. That said, System76 does in fact sell machines from OEM/ODM Clevo and brands and supports them. It’s […]

Unable to open GNOME settings on Arch Linux after GNOME upgrade

Often times I blog about topics because I want to make sure I have a record of an issue and how I resolved it. This is one of those times. As discussed last week, I recently made the switch from Debian to Arch Linux. The biggest draw for me was […]

oci runtime error after upgrading Docker on Arch Linux

Sat down to knock out some blog posts recently and when I ran docker-compose up to get my blog up and running locally I was faced with a pretty aggressive error: % docker-compose up Starting joshtroniccom_blog_1 ... Starting joshtroniccom_blog_1 ... error ERROR: for joshtroniccom_blog_1 Cannot start service blog: oci runtime […]

How to downgrade to the LTS Kernel on Arch Linux

I’ve been all over the place recently in regard to my love and/or hate of Arch Linux. I absolutely love the minimalism of the base install and the availability of packages. What I’m hating is that I’ve been running into some really weird system lock ups that seem to be […]

Fixing an Arch Linux system that is booting into emergency mode

File this under “crap I want to document in case it happens again later”. So while in the middle of working today, my MacBook Pro running Arch Linux (recently clean installed) decided to lock up on me. Pretty sure it was Firefox Developer Edition that did it, but that’s for […]

Hide title bars in GNOME Shell

GNOME Shell’s title bars are just too damn big. So big that I have been toying around with the idea of going back to a tiling window manager. TWMs like xmonad and i3 have little to no title bar. It saves space and creates a clean aesthetic. I’m not the […]

Invalid or corrupted package (PGP signature) during pacman sync / install

I’ve been using Linux off and on for the last 20 years. I’m currently moving back to Arch Linux after a short stint on OS X (now MacOS). I am quite the Arch noob but I’ve been completely taken by it’s simplicity and wasn’t turned off by high barrier of […]