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Joining Arch wiki - need help with security question
#1
I'm interested in joining the Arch Linux wiki group (https://wiki.archlinux.org), but in order to gain access, I need to answer the following security question:

What is the output of "pacman - V[base32]head - 1"

I have no idea what the output would be. Can anyone here help? Thanks.
Regards, Jeff Guynn
Durham, NC (USA)
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#2
I ran this code in the terminal and it gave me some output:

Code:
pacman -V [base32]head-1

Note that I changed the spacing.

Richard
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(07-20-2020, 04:53 PM)Richard Wrote: I ran this code in the terminal and it gave me some output:

Code:
pacman -V [base32]head-1

Note that I changed the spacing.

Richard

Richard: Thanks for your reply. Could you post here what output you got?

(When I run the same command in my terminal, I get "pacman not installed". So I follow the suggested "sudo" command to install pacman, and get the damn game. I'm running Linux mint.)
Regards, Jeff Guynn
Durham, NC (USA)
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(07-20-2020, 07:07 PM)jhguynn Wrote: Richard: Thanks for your reply. Could you post here what output you got?

(When I run the same command in my terminal, I get "pacman not installed". So I follow the suggested "sudo" command to install pacman, and get the damn game. I'm running Linux mint.)

'pacman' is the package manager of Arch and its derivatives, so I would have been truly surprised if it were in Mints repos.

Why do you want to "join" the Arch wiki? You can read it without an account; That is only required to contribute to it and to take part in discussions. And while the Arch wiki is generally helpful to most Linux users, it is explicitly only documenting Arch Linux and nothing else, so as a user of a different distribution your contributions to the wiki would not be specific to Arch and likely not accepted.
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#5
The point of the test is to make sure you have Arch installed

For the very reason lion.p stated.

I would download the Arch ISO
https://www.archlinux.org/download/

Burn it to a USB, if you have an extra hard drive.
Or, spin it up in a virtual machine. Give it a go.
It is all terminal at first. Until you figure your way around the terminal, and can install a desktop environment.
It is a great learning experience. Just make sure you have another device with the Arch Wiki up in it, so you can follow the "how to install" section.

Could be fun. It was for me.

kudos
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#6
Okay guys, LOL. I understand the requirement to be an "authentic" Arch user in order to join the wiki club. I was going to install Arch on a 2nd laptop anyway, so looks like it's time to dive in. Thanks for your thoughtful responses.
Regards, Jeff Guynn
Durham, NC (USA)
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(07-20-2020, 09:38 PM)jhguynn Wrote: I was going to install Arch on a 2nd laptop anyway, so looks like it's time to dive in.

Then it would probably help you more to join the Forum and the IRC channel. Those are the places to ask the questions you might encounter, while the wiki generally is not.

Be aware though that generally on all Arch Linux related communication channels, people will only respond helpfully to questions if you demonstrate that you did do some research and are willing to do some thinking yourself and are not a "help vampire". Just a heads-up.

Also be aware that the installation page in the wiki has been purged some years ago for some reason; The installation related pages are now just a reference hell. Asking for help installing will probably not be rewarded with helpful responses, so I advice searching for some installation guide somewhere else as an additional reference.

If you have questions, especially beginner questions, you can also ask here, as some members of this forum have experience with Arch.

Some recommendations:
  • For the best network experience, use systemd-networkd in combination with systemd-resolved and iwd. That works considerably better than the old NetworkManager, although it is slightly more involved to setup.
  • Learn how systemd services and timers work. That will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding of modern Linux, far more than basically the entire Arch installation. It is also knowledge that is applicable to other distributions.
  • Try Wayland.
  • For PulseAudio a user service is better than a system service.
  • If you are using a laptop, closing the lid has some annoying default behaviour. You can configure that in '/etc/systemd/logind.conf'.
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#8
lion.p is correct about the install help.

There are Arch users here in Ezeetalk so don't be afraid to ask here if all else fails

Here is the ArchWiki install guide

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Installation_guide


Here are some other places that could help with the install guide

https://wiki.learnlinux.tv/index.php/How...Arch_Linux

https://averagelinuxuser.com/a-step-by-s...ion-guide/


And here are a few pretty good videos on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwRaOvT7sRI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiYS8xWFXLY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a00wbjy2vns


I hope that gets you on the right path.

If an Arch user is a jerk to you, don't take it to heart. And don't let it determine your opinion of Arch users. Because we are NOT all the same.

I am an Arch user and I have been for years. Though my primary system is usually Debian based, currently Mint20. But I love to play around with Arch.

Also, I strongly suggest that you practice in a VM first. This way if you boink it, it doesn't matter, no harm done. you can just start over.
Then after a few successful tries in a VM you can then put it on metal.

anyway, I hope that helps

kudos
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(07-20-2020, 12:21 PM)jhguynn Wrote: I'm interested in joining the Arch Linux wiki group (https://wiki.archlinux.org), but in order to gain access, I need to answer the following security question:

What is the output of "pacman - V[base32]head - 1"

I have no idea what the output would be. Can anyone here help? Thanks.
The quick answer,
pacman version information.

and "[base32]head - 1" gives no additional information, so I assume it is a typo

with the  ISO on a USB load it and enter
Code:
pacman -V
the output is interesting

kudos
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#10
EZOS is a good source for beginner ARCH user , was for me.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ezos/files/
also his Utube EZNIX is excellent too
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQrSHD-...srD4nNGcMw
Very thorough guy.
he has steep by step installs , which I would recommend first to understand everything
then the auto installs and scad's of other neat stuff
first from scratch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXz7Zvt7HI
now you will understand the process and what installers do.
next try : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDb69rIhuZE

have fun, I did
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