Arch Linux

Vim colorscheme tuneup

I hadn’t thought about it for awhile but today I updated by Vim colorscheme for the first time in about two years. In the process I found a few that were notable: rdark-terminal link gruvbox link synic I think this one is based on neon. link kolor link jellybeans blueberry This is what I decided […]

xuserrun – Run a command on the currently-active user’s X.org server display

xuserrun is a bash script to run a command on the active X.org server display.  This is primarily necessary if from within another environment  (different user, console, cron, boot script…).  xuserrun gathers DISPLAY and user environmental variables via systemd and passes them on to be able to dothis. xuserrun is designed for use with only […]

Firefox: Defining font type and size

What a professional typesetter knows is the importance of a good font. For centuries typesetters have developed fonts that provide ease of reading that we see in most books today. Having the text look good in the web browser is necessary, choosing the right type and size can make a big difference to how well […]

External monitor as Discrete

I use my laptop primarly at home with an external monitor as discrete, meaning that I have the laptop monitor turned off and I only use it. At times this is also called a dedicated monitor. GNOME can be set to disable the laptop monitor and enable the external but it wasn’t able to hotplug […]

Catalyst Driver, a Journey Taken… Better than I’d Known

I previously read about (a good number of times) people not having the best experiences with AMD’s proprietary driver. However, with my new laptop I decided that no matter how much I love the open-source driver (bought it because AMD opened the specs to it), that realistically it would take a few years before I’d […]

systemd transfer… Done!

Well, after being throughly put off, I dived into systemd and have done a complete (pure) systemd installation; and I can tell you, I think its pretty nice. I had no plans to change Arch’s initialization system, but I needed to switch to systemd because parts of GNOME 3 require it. Its been a long […]

GNOME 3 Setup

I’d been fortunate lately to have time to work on my GNOME 3 setup and I got it working and looking pretty good; so… I thought I’d share it from beginning to end. GNOME 3 is shaping up real nice and with the extension support provides great customibility. There’s still a little work that needs […]

Download Package Source Files

I wanted a way to easily download source files for quick editing. Sure abs and numerous AUR-helpers do it but I wanted a simple all-together program/script that could do it, and it turned out to be pretty easy. I wanted to be able to define the repository, and then the package and I did it! […]

Arch Linux Legacy Blue1 Toon Logo

I created this because I liked the legacy logo and was inspired by Encelo’s Arch toon logo. It needs help on the gradient. To do a curved gradient, I had to rely on a blur (because Inkscape does not appear to be able to do curved gradients) and it bleeds a bit. But otherwise, I […]

makepkg Shortcuts Script

This one is not as important as the pacman related script but I find I use it often too. I maintain several packages in the AUR and it comes in handy to quickly refer to common tasks related to makepkg. The md5sum function still needs a bit of work (i.e. it requires the build function […]

arpa: (Ar)ch (pa)ckages – generic package tasks wrapper script

I once saw a wrapper-script for pacman in the forums that was basically a short-hand version of common pacman tasks. Over the last couple years, I’ve expanded on it. It does just about everything I need it to and its real basic. I call it arpa and here are the tasks it covers: arpa [option] […]

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