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Last Build Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:05:54 +0000

 



The end of i686 support

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:39:10 +0000

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.




Perl library path change

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:44:22 +0000

The perl package now uses a versioned path for compiled modules. This means that modules built for a non-matching perl version will not be loaded any more and must be rebuilt.

A pacman hook warns about affected modules during the upgrade by showing output like this:

WARNING: '/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl' contains data from at least 143 packages which will NOT be used by the installed perl interpreter.
 -> Run the following command to get a list of affected packages: pacman -Qqo '/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl'

You must rebuild all affected packages against the new perl package before you can use them again. The change also affects modules installed directly via CPAN. Rebuilding will also be necessary again with future major perl updates like 5.28 and 5.30.

Please note that rebuilding was already required for major updates prior to this change, however now perl will no longer try to load the modules and then fail in strange ways.

If the build system of some software does not detect the change automatically, you can use perl -V:vendorarch in your PKGBUILD to query perl for the correct path. There is also sitearch for software that is not packaged with pacman.




Deprecation of ABS tool and rsync endpoint

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:55:50 +0000

Due to high maintenance cost of scripts related to the Arch Build System, we have decided to deprecate the abs tool and thus rsync as a way of obtaining PKGBUILDs.

The asp tool, available in [extra], provides similar functionality to abs. asp export pkgname can be used as direct alternative; more information about its usage can be found in the documentation. Additionally Subversion sparse checkouts, as described here, can be used to achieve a similar effect. For fetching all PKGBUILDs, the best way is cloning the svntogit mirrors.

While the extra/abs package has been already dropped, the rsync endpoint (rsync://rsync.archlinux.org/abs) will be disabled by the end of the month.




ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 upgrade requires manual intervention

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:27:54 +0000

The upgrade to ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 requires manual intervention because a symlink which used to be generated post-install has been moved into the package proper.

As deleting the symlink may leave you unable to download packages, perform this upgrade in three steps:

# pacman -Syuw                           # download packages
# rm /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt  # remove conflicting file
# pacman -Su                             # perform upgrade



mesa with libglvnd support is now in testing

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:15:02 +0000

mesa-17.0.0-3 can now be installed side-by-side with nvidia-378.13 driver without any libgl/libglx hacks, and with the help of Fedora and upstream xorg-server patches.

  • First step was to remove the libglx symlinks with xorg-server-1.19.1-3 and associated mesa/nvidia drivers through the removal of various libgl packages. It was a tough moment because it was breaking optimus system, xorg-server configuration needs manual updating.

  • The second step is now here, with an updated 10-nvidia-drm-outputclass.conf file that should help to have an "out-of-the-box" working xorg-server experience with optimus system.

Please test this extensively and post your feedback in this forum thread or in our bugtracker.




Phasing out i686 support

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:23:33 +0000

Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture.

The decision means that February ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Arch Linux. The next 9 months are deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging and repository tools will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.

However, as there is still some interest in keeping i686 alive, we would like to encourage the community to make it happen with our guidance. The arch-ports mailing list and #archlinux-ports IRC channel on Freenode will be used for further coordination.

The [multilib] repository will not be affected by this change.




xorg-server 1.19.1 is now in extra

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:37:22 +0000

The new version comes with the following changes:

  • xf86-input-libinput is the default input driver, however synaptics, evdev and wacom are still available.

  • These packages are deprecated and moved to AUR: xf86-input-joystick, xf86-input-acecad, xf86-video-apm, xf86-video-ark, xf86-video-chips, xf86-video-glint, xf86-video-i128, xf86-video-i740, xf86-video-mach64, xf86-video-neomagic, xf86-video-nv, xf86-video-r128, xf86-video-rendition, xf86-video-s3, xf86-video-s3virge, xf86-video-savage, xf86-video-siliconmotion, xf86-video-sis, xf86-video-tdfx, xf86-video-trident, xf86-video-tseng




OpenVPN 2.4.0 update requires administrative interaction

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:54:03 +0000

The upgrade to OpenVPN 2.4.0 makes changes that are incompatible with previous configurations. Take special care if you depend on VPN connectivity for remote access! Administrative interaction is required:

  • Configuration is expected in sub directories now. Move your files from /etc/openvpn/ to /etc/openvpn/server/ or /etc/openvpn/client/.
  • The plugin lookup path changed, remove extra plugins/ from relative paths.
  • The systemd unit openvpn@.service was replaced with openvpn-client@.service and openvpn-server@.service. Restart and reenable accordingly.

This does not affect the functionality of networkmanager, connman or qopenvpn.




ttf-dejavu 2.37 will require forced upgrade

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:36:26 +0000

ttf-dejavu 2.37 will change the way fontconfig configuration is installed. In previous versions the configuration was symlinked from post_install/post_upgrade, the new version will place the files inside the package like it is done in fontconfig now.

For more information about this change: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/32312

To upgrade to ttf-dejavu 2.37 it's recommended to upgrade the package on its own: pacman -S --force ttf-dejavu




TeXLive 2016 packages are now available

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:35:13 +0000

TeXLive packages have been updated to the 2016 version.

The most notable change is that the biber utility is now provided as a separate package. You can install it normally using pacman.

Pacman hooks are now used in the TeXLive packages so the update will be less verbose than in past years.