Artix new repository structure for testing [gremlins]

The new repository structure for testing in artix follows the pattern of arch and substituting labels to avoid confusion.

Gremlins is the term for what Arch calls testing, and goblins is the term for what Arch calls staging (where dev.’s place new packages while they are being debugged and getting ready for production –> testing).  For users not willing to contribute to development, other than “testing” their work, goblins is no place to be.  Most certainly things will be “broken” in goblins, and if they weren’t they would be in testing, or to be distribution correct “gremlins”.  For stable users, nothing has changed.To see what the new repository structure should look like if you are testing take a look at the new pacman.conf in github  /artix-linux/packages/blob/master/pacman/repos/core-x86_64/pacman.conf.x86_64

The pattern of Arch and Artix is as follows:


ARCH                       ARTIX
**    Staging              **    Goblins
*  Testing                 *  Gremlins
Core                       System
Extra                      World

**    Community-Staging    **   Galaxy-Goblins
*   Community-testing      *  Galaxy-Gremlins
Community                  Galaxy

**   multilib-staging      **     lib32-goblins
*  multilib-testing        *    lib32-gremlins
multilib                   lib32

In artix the artix repositories go above arch, testing/gremlins go above the corresponding repository, core must be always disabled.  For most of us “users” all that is needed to do is to update pacman and edit pacman.conf.pacnew to our desired form of pacman.conf.  So look in your /etc for pacman.conf.pacnew and edit it as necessary.  As it is out of the box it is set for stable, so for those running stable there is no change.

Hopefully this will throw some light into the new system if you haven’t kept up with development and if we have stated something incorrectly please advise so we can correct it.  Judging from forum feedback artix remains a very trouble free distribution as it is approaching its first year of life (not counting arch and manjaro openrc predecessors – developers of which joined forces to create artix).  Also artix developers work and produce an amazing amount of packages and have kept up with arch development quite nicely.



For historical reference this was the previous article introducing testing repositories to artix users

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