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title: Arch Spin pt. 3 - packages.x86_64
description: Getting all the packages you currently have installed from the Arch repos installed to your Arch ISO
cover: /assets/pngs/arch-spin/pt-3.png
date: 2018-08-18T16:52:42-04:00
categories:
- Technology
tags:
- Arch Linux
- Arch Spin
---
## Package configuration
As I said in the last post, this is the file in which you list the
applications you wish to install. I won't list the defaults because
there a lot. *However*, this basic setup only builds to a total of ~440
MB so you can add *many* more applications.
I want the setup on this bootable to be exactly the same as what I
currently have on my system. I did not want to manually enter every
single package though. Thankfully, pacman is a feature-complete tool and
it lets you get a *lot* of information about installed packages. `pacman
-Qne` lists all the currently installed packages that you explicitly
installed. It does not list dependencies of those applications. What I
did was run `pacman -Qne >> ~/liveiso/packages.x86_64` to add all the
apps I have installed from the official Arch repos to the end of the
file so nothing was overwritten.
After, I ran `pacman -Qni >> official.txt` so I could get information
about all those packages and decide whether or not I wanted to keep
them. For example, I removed some stuff from deepin that I no longer
used, SuperTuxKart, and a lot of other stuff. This shrunk my iso from
3.6 GB to 2.5. Now I have a lot of space to use for installing my
applications from the AUR. This includes [making a custom
repo](https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman/Tips_and_tricks#Custom_local_repository)
for the packages and [building them in a
chroot](https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DeveloperWiki:Building_in_a_Clean_Chroot)
so you make *sure* you have all the needed dependencies while keeping
your system from being messed up while building.
All of this will be discussed in the next blog post (when I get to it).