Installation of Awesome on Arch Linux Phase 4

install desktop environment

Installing Awesome requires only one package. Theming and tweaking your Arch Linux system will require more time, more configs and more packages. All the information about this desktop is here:
As the Wiki suggests we create a directory and copy/paste the rc.lua there.

Then we install Awesome:

sudo pacman -S awesome

Since our goal is to get the ArcoLinux config in with our ArcoLinux Spices application we also install

sudo pacman -S vicious

In the video we wanted to use the “man mkdir“. First we need to install the packages:

sudo pacman -S man-pages man-db mandoc

In the video we want to have a terminal. Since Xterm is the standard terminal on Awesome, we will install it.

sudo pacman -S xterm

If the awesome menu is open, you can only access the menu.

Close it with ESCAPE.

In the next video we will install the ArcoLinux Spices application.

There are many tutorials about this particular applicaton.

Let us install some more packages we might need.

sudo pacman -S rxvt-unicode xterm termite thunar firefox
sudo pacman -S awesome vicious

Awesome and vicious were already in previous video.

Since we created a new virtual machine I go over the motions of installing awesome once more.

Super + Enter opens up xterm (if installed).

We launch firefox and download the ArcoLinux Spices. Then we will install the ArcoLinux Spices application.

sudo pacman -U arcolinux-spices...

We launch the application with sudo.

sudo arcolinux-spices...

Except the last one.

We run the command again but without sudo.


We use the ArcoLinux .bashrc and load it with source. All the aliases will now work.

Then we get the awesome configuration in.

sudo pacman -S arcolinux-awesome-git

Skel will work. It will copy the ArcoLinux configuration to your home directory.

To keep the .bashrc, we install this package:

sudo pacman -S arcolinux-root-git