CTKArchLive 0.6 documentation

Usage-related infos

The passwords are: arch for the arch account (and for yaourt) ; toor for root. They are indicated in the tty1 too.

Tu run just a command as root, use xsu: "xsu command" and give the root password.
Of course, you can obtain a root terminal using the "su" command.

To adjust the sound volume, run "alsamixer" in a terminal (obtained using Alt-F1, or right-click on the desktop, Terminal)
A volume icon is also available: right-click the desktop, Environment, Sound volume icon.

The extract of the song Listen is taken from Tryad's album, freely available here: http://altermusique.org/Tryad/Listen/

To change the screen's resolution, launch ArandR (in Settings). It can manage several screens.
The configuration will be kept (and even at installation) simply saving it as "config".

To install software/drivers (packages), run "yaourt -Sy" in a terminal (password: "arch"), and then "yaourt keyword"
A list of available packages will be displayed, you just have to choose the one(s) you want.
These packages will be installed in the RAM, so will be lost when rebooting… Unless you create an add-on containing those modifications, stored in the persistent data partition.

You can change the panel, enable desktop icons, fancy effects, launch a battery monitor, a volume icon... right-clicking the desktop, in the Environment menu.
If you enable effects (at least transparency), you'll be able to change the transparency of the windows using Super+Mouse wheel.

You can test your webcam running "mplayer tv://" in the launcher that can be accessed with Alt+F2 or in a terminal.

Copy to RAM:

If your PC has 1GB RAM or more (with less than 700MB you reasonably can't), you can copy the live to ram to remove its media (for instance, if you'd like to watch a DVD but the liveCD is in the CD drive, or want to leave with the CD without halting the PC...)

The recommended method is to choose the "Start - Copy to RAM" option at bootup.
If it's too late, you can also run "/install/cp2ram" as root, and remove the media containing the live system when announced.
⚠ As this method isn't very reliable, please save any important data before that.

Persistent data: home folder and addons

To use the assistant to create your CTKhome partition, run "xsu /install/mkhome" in a terminal.

Your settings/documents, and add-ons (custom additions to the live) can be kept in this partition.
The most common case is to already have the live system on a flash stick and to create the CTKhome partition in the remaining space.

To create an add-on to contain packages/files or more simply the changes you did to the live system since its bootup, run "xsu /addons/mkaddon"

Another script is available: an addon fusionner, that allows to gather the contents of several addons in one. Run "xsu /addons/fusion-addons"

Installed software overview

Graphic applications:

Abiword, word processing
Gnumeric, spreadsheet
ePDFview, PDF viewer

PCman FM, file manager
Xarchiver, archive manager (lzma, gzip, bzip, zip, rar, …)
Leafpad, small text editor
UrXvt, terminal

Tuxracer, to test the 3D support of your graphic card and maybe play a little

GIMP, drawing and image retouching
Gpicview, image viewer
GTKam, to retrieve images/videos from a camera not recognized as mass storage

Smplayer, multimedia player
Audacious, audio player
mhWaveEdit, sound recording and editing
Avidemux, video editor
Brasero, CD/DVD burning

Wicd, network connection manager

Arora, Midori and Jumanji, web browsers
Sylpheed, mail client
Pidgin, for all instant messaging accounts
Xchat, for IRC chat. Connects by default on freenode, #ctkarch channel. ☺
Gftp, FTP client

Gparted and Palimpsest, partitionning utilities
Htop, for monitoring activity

Everything needed to configure the desktop: arandr (screen₍s₎ config), decorations, windows and icon themes...

Console-only applications:

In addition to the standard commands any system must have, I've included:

yaourt, very useful interface to pacman and makepkg for installing packages
foremost and photorec, data retrieving utilities (on messed up hard disks e.g. by accidental deletions)
mocp, audio player/daemon with fancy playlist management
yplay&yget, to play in mplayer or download youtube videos
scrot, to take screenshots of your fancy desktop ☺

the full compilation toolchain including GCC
powertop, to see what's consuming electric resources and reduce consumption applying its hints
netcfg, for network connection profiles management

Network: links, irssi, screen, pastebin, lighttpd, openssh, tsocks...
System: lshw, lsof, dcfldd, sd/hdparm, sensors...

Additionnally, the RAM modules tester Memtest86++ is availaible in the "Miscellaneous options" menu at bootup.

Installation-related infos

The installation of the system (as it is in live) can be launched going into the menu, System, CTKArch Installer.
...or running "ctkinstall" in a terminal.

Repositories are frozen by default, to allow installation of packages without having to update the system.
You just need to comment out the ARM entry at the beginning of /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist to get back to rolling release.

If you want to do a standard Archlinux installation from this livecd:

To launch a standard archlinux installer via netinstall, run "aif -p interactive" as root.
To launch a chroot installation assistant, run "/install/install-chroot.sh" as root. (for Arch regulars)