Very strange issues with i3-gaps setup, I've never seen anyone else have...
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So, I'm new to Arch, fairly new to Linux, and I wanted to go straight for the best setup for me, which would be similar to Luke's. I love how i3wm works, how he has everything setup to run through the terminal and the transparent windows, it's all so cool! And r/unixporn is fantastic inspiration as well! So yeah, kind of a noob.

I've been having lots of trouble with Arch lately, though, issues that no one else online seems to have, like there are no answers! First I tried a base Arch install and that was a trainwreck, had no idea what I was doing. Then I discovered Antergos and gave it a whirl. (Btw, I haven't finished my Linux system, so I'm running these all in Vmware Workstation 14 on my Win10 system) I had a very easy time of setting up my system with Cinnamon, but when it came time to install i3, I had LOTS of problems. Logging in with i3wm, I was able to find my i3 config file, and files for whatever programs I installed, but that's it. I wanted to do transparency, but I didn't even have an .Xdefaults or .Xresources folder. I configured urxvt to open directly with $Mod+t, because $Mod+Return didn't do anything, and I had urxvt open directly because i3-sensible-terminal would only open the default terminal. But urxvt wouldn't open at all, no matter if I used dmenu or keyboard shortcuts. I was able to install and use pywal, but not polybar, using pacman I could never pull it from the directory. And anytime I find a fix for one of these issue, it leads to another one that can't be explained.

I blamed these issue on the current DE, Cinnamon and tried reinstalling Antergos with Gnome. Same problems. So now I've just installed the minimal version and I can't get ANY packages installed. If anyone has issues like this or know what's going on, please help me out. I've learned a TON so far about Linux and I'd really like to have a comfortable setup with it without something going unexpectedly wrong around every corner!
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#2
You might have better luck with Manjaro i3 – https://manjaro.org/community-editions/

It'll give you a pretty decent arch+i3 setup and you can tweak it from there
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(05-26-2018, 02:50 PM)geowwy Wrote: You might have better luck with Manjaro i3 – https://manjaro.org/community-editions/

It'll give you a pretty decent arch+i3 setup and you can tweak it from there

Might do that. Just wanted to see if I could get my current machine running.
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I had similar problems with VM's and at some point I just did a dual-boot on my laptop - Antergos + Win7. Most of the problems were evaded but of course Linux if not used properly and with caution is bound to break. I used to distro hop every 2-3 weeks until I learned how to maintain my install... Currently I haven't reinstalled, switched my Antergos since November last year and is still running as it should.

For transparency I just use compton. - https://github.com/chjj/compton
I had a bit of trouble grasping what your troubles with i3 were. (logs might be helpful)

P.S. If you want you can try sway. - it's similar to i3 - http://swaywm.org/
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(05-26-2018, 11:38 AM)CapsulateHuntr1 Wrote: So, I'm new to Arch, fairly new to Linux, and I wanted to go straight for the best setup for me, which would be similar to Luke's. I love how i3wm works, how he has everything setup to run through the terminal and the transparent windows, it's all so cool! And r/unixporn is fantastic inspiration as well! So yeah, kind of a noob.

I've been having lots of trouble with Arch lately, though, issues that no one else online seems to have, like there are no answers! First I tried a base Arch install and that was a trainwreck, had no idea what I was doing. Then I discovered Antergos and gave it a whirl. (Btw, I haven't finished my Linux system, so I'm running these all in Vmware Workstation 14 on my Win10 system) I had a very easy time of setting up my system with Cinnamon, but when it came time to install i3, I had LOTS of problems. Logging in with i3wm, I was able to find my i3 config file, and files for whatever programs I installed, but that's it. I wanted to do transparency, but I didn't even have an .Xdefaults or .Xresources folder. I configured urxvt to open directly with $Mod+t, because $Mod+Return didn't do anything, and I had urxvt open directly because i3-sensible-terminal would only open the default terminal. But urxvt wouldn't open at all, no matter if I used dmenu or keyboard shortcuts. I was able to install and use pywal, but not polybar, using pacman I could never pull it from the directory. And anytime I find a fix for one of these issue, it leads to another one that can't be explained.

I blamed these issue on the current DE, Cinnamon and tried reinstalling Antergos with Gnome. Same problems. So now I've just installed the minimal version and I can't get ANY packages installed. If anyone has issues like this or know what's going on, please help me out. I've learned a TON so far about Linux and I'd really like to have a comfortable setup with it without something going unexpectedly wrong around every corner!

Sorry I missed this thread, even if you gave up on this install, I'll give answers for your possible problems in case anyone else has these issues.

.Xdefaults and .Xresources are not folders. They are files. If you don't have them, no problem. Make a file of that name in your home directory and put the content you need in it. X will read those files if they exist, but ignore them and use default settings if they don't. This true of most all programs that read config files.

Your problem with Mod+Return is probably that i3 is trying to open a "sensible terminal" (i.e. guessing a default terminal) rather than opening urxvt. You might want to check the i3 config to make sure that you actual terminal name there and that you refresh i3.

On your Polybar problem, I'm not sure what you mean by, "I could never pull it from the directory".

Your problems I would guess come from the fact that you have possibly conflicting DEs.

Could you say what you mean by you "can't get ANY packages installed"? What errors do you have? Have you tried refreshing your pacman keys? That's a possible problem if you're using a dated arch iso.
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