NOTE! MATE packages are also available in the AUR and are supported and maintained by the MATE team. They are the exact same packages that are used to generate the binary packages. If you need to modifiy a build option, then you are welcome to use the packages in the AUR and modify the PKGBUILD accordingly. However, we can only offer support for unmodified packages.
To install MATE 1.6 on Arch Linux edit
/etc/pacman.conf and add the following:
[mate] SigLevel = PackageRequired Server = http://repo.mate-desktop.org/archlinux/$arch
A mirror of the repository is available but adding it is entirely optional.
Server = http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/archlinux/mate/$arch
The packages in the MATE repository are signed. Pull in and sign the package signing keys.
pacman-key -r FFEE1E5C pacman-key --lsign-key FFEE1E5C
NOTE! If you ever have any difficulty with the signed packages you can disable the signature checking by adding
SigLevel = Optional TrustAll in the
[mate] section of
/etc/pacman.conf. For example:
[mate] SigLevel = Optional TrustAll Server = http://repo.mate-desktop.org/archlinux/$arch
To instal the base MATE 1.6 components simply install the
pacman -Syy mate
pacman -Syy mate mate-extras
mate-netbook provides a MATE panel applet that might be useful to owners of small screen devices, such as a Netbook. The
mate-netbook applet will automatically maximise all windows and provides an application switcher applet.
mate-netbook is not included in any of the MATE package groups but can be installed as follows:
pacman -Syy mate-netbook
The MATE package repository for Arch Linux also includes a number of MATE applications, plugins and applets developed by the MATE community. While we package these community contributions we do not offer any support for them. The
mate-extras-community group currently includes the following packages:
You can install the packages above individually or grab the whole lot with the following.
pacman -Syy mate-extras-community
MATE can be started via a display manager or manually.
The recommended display manager for MATE 1.6 on Arch Linux in
pacman -Syy lightdm-gtk2-greeter accountsservice systemctl enable lightdm systemctl enable accounts-daemon
Reboot and lightdm should be displayed. Select MATE from the available sessions and login.
In order to start MATE manually, you must add
exec mate-session to your
~/.xinitrc file and then run
pacman -S mate-media-gstreamer
MATE 1.6 migrated from
gsettings. If you are updating from an MATE 1.4 you might end up with an empty panel. To resolve the issue reset the panel configuration to its defaults using
mate-panel –reset and then use
mate-conf-import to restore most of your old settings.
After upgrading from MATE 1.4 to MATE 1.6 you should remove the some of the old MATE 1.4 libraries that are not required by MATE 1.6, this can also improve the start-up time of MATE. NOTE! It is your responsibility to ensure that packages are not removed that might be required elsewhere.
pacman -R ffmpegthumbnailer-caja libmate libmatecanvas libmatecomponent libmatecomponentui libmatenotify libmateui mate-conf mate-conf-editor mate-corba mate-mime-data mate-vfs python-corba python-mate python-mate-desktop
Arch Linux and some of it's derivatives also have wiki pages about MATE.