Arch Linux Package Repository

MATE is supported on i686 and x84_64 Arch Linux and on armv6h (Raspberry Pi) and armv7h for Arch Linux ARM. If you encounter any issues please raise an issue.

Installation

MATE is available in the official repositories and can be installed with one of the following:

  • The mate-panel package provides a minimal desktop shell.
  • The mate group contains the core desktop environment required for the standard MATE experience.
  • The mate-extra group contains additional utilities and applications that integrate well with the MATE desktop. Installing just the mate-extra group will not pull in the whole mate group via dependencies. If you want to install all MATE packages then you will need to explicitly install both groups.

To install the base MATE components simply install the mate group.

pacman -Syy mate

To install all of MATE install the mate and mate-extra groups.

pacman -Syy mate mate-extra

Additional MATE packages

There is an additional packages that is not included in the mate or mate-extra group because it is not neccessarily useful to everyone.

  • The mate-netbook package provides a MATE panel applet that might be useful to owners of small screen devices, such as a Netbook. The applet will automatically maximize all windows and provides an application switcher applet.

There are also a number of other MATE applications that are contributed and maintained by the MATE community and therefore not included in the mate or mate-extra groups.

  • mate-applet-lockkeys - A MATE panel applet that shows which of the CapsLock, NumLock and ScrollLock keys are on and which are off.
  • mate-applet-softupd - A MATE panel applet to notify when software updates become available.
  • mate-applet-streamer - A MATE panel applet to let you play your favourite online radio station with a single click.
  • mate-accountsdialog - An application to view and modify user accounts information for MATE.
  • mate-color-manager - Color management application for MATE.
  • mate-disk-utility - Disk management application for MATE.
  • mate-mplayer - mplayer frontend for MATE
  • mate-nettool - MATE interface for various networking tools.
  • mate-themes-extras - Collection of GTK2/3 desktop themes for MATE.
  • gnome-main-menu - A mate-panel applet similar to the traditional main-menu, but with a few additions.
  • variety - Variety changes the wallpaper on a regular interval using user-specified or automatically downloaded images.

The following is also available via the AUR and integrates with MATE but the package is not maintained by the MATE team.

You can install the packages above individually.

Upgrading from 1.6 to 1.8

Do the upgrade:

pacman -Syu

Agree to all the package replacements, it should look something like this.

:: Starting full system upgrade...
:: Replace mate-document-viewer with community/atril? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-archiver with community/engrampa? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-manager with community/caja? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-manager-gksu with community/caja-extensions? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-manager-image-converter with community/caja-extensions? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-manager-open-terminal with community/caja-extensions? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-manager-sendto with community/caja-extensions? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-file-manager-share with community/caja-extensions? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-image-viewer with community/eom? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-menu-editor with community/mozo? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-text-editor with community/pluma? [Y/n] y
:: Replace mate-window-manager with community/marco? [Y/n] y

When the MATE 1.8 upgrade is complete there are a few packages you can remove because some of the MATE 1.6 libraries are not required by MATE 1.8.

pacman -Rs libmatekeyring libmatewnck mate-character-map mate-keyring

Upgrading from 1.4 to 1.6

MATE 1.6 migrated from gconf to 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

You can also use:

pacman -R $(pacman -Qtdq)

to remove any orphaned packages. Packages which are not orphaned are probably still required.

Note: The command to remove orphaned packages will need to be executed multiple times to ensure that all packages are cleaned up.

Starting MATE

MATE can be started via a display manager or manually.

Display Manager (recommended)

The recommended display manager for MATE on Arch Linux in lightdm

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.

Manually

In order to start MATE manually, you must add exec mate-session to your ~/.xinitrc file and then run startx

Accessibility

MATE is well suited for use by individuals with sight or mobility impairment. First install orca and espeak (Screen reader for individuals who are blind or visually impaired) and onboard (On-screen keyboard useful for mobility impaired users)

pacman -Syy orca espeak onboard

Now create /etc/profile.d/gtk-accessibility.sh and add the following to it.

export GTK_MODULES=gail:atk-bridge

Reboot to make the change take affect and you can configure the accessibility applications via System → Preferences → Assistive Technologies.

Network Management

It is recommended that you use Network Manager for managing networks in MATE.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth support for MATE 1.8 is pending the completion of a new version of Blueman. Details will be added here shortly. There are some experimental Bluetooth utilities for MATE in the AUR:

  • blueman-bluez5-git - A GTK+ Bluetooth Manager. MATE will adopt as the official Bluetooth utility in the future but it is under actively development and not everything works right now.
  • mate-bluetooth-bluez5-git - A collection of Bluetooth utilities and modules for MATE. Now deprecated by the MATE team but this version can pair device and has been successfully used to tether an Android phone via PAN.

PulseAudio and GStreamer

MATE supports two audio backends, PulseAudio and GStreamer. By default, the PulseAudio backend is installed but if you want to switch to the GStreamer backend, do the following:

pacman -S mate-settings-daemon-gstreamer mate-media-gstreamer

Tip & Tricks

Enabling compositing

Compositing is not be enabled by default. To enable it navigate to run System → Preferences → Windows and click the tick box alongside Enable software compositing window manager in the General tab. Alternatively, you can run the following from the terminal:

dconf write /org/mate/marco/general/compositing-manager true

Enabling new window centering

By default, new windows are placed in the top-left corner. To center new windows on creation navigate to run System → Preferences → Windows and click the tick box alongside Center new windows in the Placement tab. Alternatively, you can run the following from the terminal:

dconf write /org/mate/marco/general/center-new-windows true

Enabling window snapping

Window snapping is not be enabled by default, to enable it navigate to run System → Preferences → Windows and click the tick box alongside Enable side by side tiling in the Placement tab.

Show or hide desktop icons

By default, MATE shows multiple icons on the desktop: The content of your desktop directory, computer, home and network directories, the trash and mounted drives. You can show or hide them individually or all at once using dconf.

Hide all desktop icons

dconf write /org/mate/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons false

Hide individual icons

Hide computer icon:

dconf write /org/mate/caja/desktop/computer-icon-visible false

Hide user directory icon:

dconf write /org/mate/caja/desktop/home-icon-visible false

Hide network icon:

 $ dconf write /org/mate/caja/desktop/network-icon-visible false

Hide trash icon:

dconf write /org/mate/caja/desktop/trash-icon-visible false

Hide mounted volumes:

dconf write /org/mate/caja/desktop/volumes-visible false

Replace false with true for the icons to reappear.

Testing MATE

Unofficial MATE development package repositories are available. If you would like to help test MATE then it is recommended you do so in a virtual machine.

GTK3

Add the following to pacman.conf, it must be the first enabled repository in pacman.conf so put it above [testing].

[mate-unstable-gtk3]
SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server = http://pkgbuild.com/~flexiondotorg/mate-unstable-gtk3/1.9/$arch

Update the package indexes with pacman -Syy, and install the mate-unstable and mate-unstable-extra groups can then be installed as described above.

GTK2

NOTE! The GTK2 version is not planned to be updated, if you want to test the latest stuff please use the GTK3 repository.

Add the following to pacman.conf, it must be the first enabled repository in pacman.conf so put it above [testing].

[mate-unstable]
SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server = http://pkgbuild.com/~flexiondotorg/mate-unstable/1.9/$arch

Update the package indexes with pacman -Syy, and install the mate-unstable and mate-unstable-extra groups can then be installed as described above.

Other Wiki's

Arch Linux and some of it's derivatives also have wiki pages about MATE.

archlinux_custom_repo.txt · Last modified: 2014/05/07 14:23 by Martin Wimpress
 
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