On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM, Mick wrote:
... made the change but it didn't work, if I can't find what they butchered this time before the night freight train to Cairns grinds past in half an hour I'll give up and re-install tomorrow.
If you can't fix it in the current install, how is a re-install going to just "magically" fix things? Did you check .pacnew files?
Have you messed up files that are changing the behavior of your system? You likely did not.
The default behavior of stuff does often change. This is often due to upstream changes of packages. Many other distros try hard to shield you from those changes by over tweaking the defaults and always finding alternatives to upstream changes. They can become distanced with where the upstream really is.
Arch is a lot more transparent in that regard, the end user is less shielded by the continual change within the free software community that provides the upstream for GNU/Linux and BSD systems.
If you can't deal with being so exposed to upstream changes and are willing to adapt (like by learning udev rules to automatically let you use common usb media as a regular use) then Arch is likely not for you.
If a re-install to fix your system you are doing it wrong. Fix the problems in your existing install or they will just come right back. Ok, if you have tweaked all your settings to no avail and have broken the system yourself, then yes, a re-install would give you a clean slate.
Arch is not like windows was 10 years ago where you had to reinstall every 6 months just to get a stable system again. There is no "registry" in arch that one has to continually clean. With Arch you research problems and get to the bottom of what is causing it, and fix it, and learn a lot in the process.
In the past year I can only think of only two updated packages that made me have to intervene BEFORE things broke: 1) changes in network configuration 2) changes in kernel naming
There were other changes, but they were easy enough to just deal with as they happened.
USB stuff did change, but since I'd already been writing udev rules for other stuff, it did not really affect me.
Arch Linux should not be promoted as a system that will just work for you if you are not willing to get your hands dirty and research things to fix them.
In my opinion Arch Linux is really for those who really would be better off running Linux From Scratch http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ if they had the time and energy to do so, but want to use a distribution that takes care of all the laborious stuff so they can other stuff with their system(s).
Arch is for experienced Linux users alreeady proficient at a nitty gritty configuration level, or those who want to become that type of user, and Arch goes out of it way to cater towards that type of user, and help you become that type of user.