how to install software to Archlinux

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by lurningcerv, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. lurningcerv

    lurningcerv Registered Member

    Dec 27, 2011
    I have a basic (command line only) Archlinux installation in place on a partition of my hard drive. I want to add lots of software to this, since I would like this to be my OS for day-to-day activities like word processing, spreadsheets, email, voip, etc . The Archlinux documentation wants you to use pacman to install software. But, I read something that says that pacman syncs your installed software with a server somewhere.

    "pacman keeps the system up to date by synchronizing package lists with the master server."

    I don't want my OS configuration synced to the "master server". Nor do I want anybody updating anything in my computer. In my experience, upgrades cause a lot of problems.

    So how to I install software in Archlinux without going through pacman, or at least keep my OS configuration as private as possible.

    By the way, I have experimented with apt-get install from the Arch command line, and it does not seem to be included in the base Arch installation.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2014
  2. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    West Yorkshire, UK
    It keeps a list of the packages available to install synced, not the list packages you have installed, that stays local.
    Only you control what is updated/upgraded on your machine. No updates can be pushed from the server with any Linux distro I know of.