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Merge pull request #197 from bebehei/update-repo-make

[repo-make.conf] Update to match
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bamf-ubuntu [bamf-ubuntu] Update to version 0.5.1+15.04.20150202
compiz-ubuntu [compiz-ubuntu] Update to version with Ubuntu…
dee-qt [dee-qt] Cleanup and rebuild
dee-ubuntu [dee-ubuntu] Update to version 1.2.7+15.04.20150304
frame [frame] Cleanup and rebuild
geis [geis] Cleanup and rebuild
gnome-screensaver-ubuntu [gnome-screensaver-ubuntu] Update to version 3.6.1 with Ubuntu releas…
gnome-session-ubuntu [gnome-session-ubuntu] Switch to Vivid sources
gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu [gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu] Update to version 3.14.2 with Ubuntu r…
grail [grail] Cleanup and rebuild
gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu [gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu] Update to version 3.14.1 with Ubun…
gsettings-qt [gsettings-qt] Cleanup and rebuild
gtk2-ubuntu [gtk2-ubuntu] Update to version 2.24.27 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu1
gtk3-ubuntu [gtk3-ubuntu] Update to version 3.14.9 with Ubuntu version 3.14.8 and…
hud [hud] Work around build issues with CMake 3.1
ido [ido] Update to version 13.10.0+15.04.20150130
indicator-application [indicator-application] Update to version 12.10.1+15.04.20150128
indicator-appmenu [indicator-appmenu] Update to version 15.02.0+15.04.20150302
indicator-datetime [indicator-datetime] Update to version 13.10.0+15.04.20150301.1
indicator-keyboard [indicator-keyboard] Update to version 0.0.0+15.04.20150310
indicator-messages [indicator-messages] Update to version 13.10.1+15.04.20150311
indicator-power [indicator-power] Don't install files to /usr/libexec
indicator-printers [indicator-printers] Fix build with glib 2.42
indicator-session [indicator-session] Update to version 12.10.5+15.04.20150228
indicator-sound [indicator-sound] Update to version 12.10.2+15.04.20150311
libappindicator [libappindicator] Update to version 12.10.1+15.04.20141110
libcolumbus [libcolumbus] Rebuild for new icu
libdbusmenu-ubuntu [libdbusmenu-ubuntu] Renamed from libdbusmenu to not conflict with [c…
libgee06 [libgee06] Added
libindicate-qt [libindicate-qt] Rebuild
libindicate [libindicate] Clean up and rebuild
libindicator [libindicator] Cleanup and rebuild
libtimezonemap [libtimezonemap] python2 is needed for the build process
libunity-misc [libunity-misc] Cleanup and rebuild
libunity [libunity] Cleanup and rebuild
lightdm-ubuntu [lightdm-ubuntu] Update to version 1.13.2 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu1
lightdm-unity-greeter [lightdm-unity-greeter] Update to version 15.04.3 with Ubuntu release…
nautilus-ubuntu [nautilus-ubuntu] Update to version 3.14.2 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu4
network-manager-applet-ubuntu [network-manager-applet-ubuntu] Update to version with Ubunt…
nux [nux] Rebuild for new libGLEW
overlay-scrollbar [overlay-scrollbar] Update to version 0.2.16+r359+15.04.20150202
properties-cpp [properties-cpp] Cleanup and rebuild
unity-asset-pool [unity-asset-pool] Update to version 0.8.24+15.04.20141217
unity-control-center [unity-control-center] Update to version 15.04.0+15.04.20150313
unity-gtk-module [unity-gtk-module] Update to version 0.0.0+15.04.20150118
unity-language-packs [unity-language-packs] bump version and set mirror to
unity-lens-applications [unity-lens-applications] Cleanup and rebuild
unity-lens-files [unity-lens-files] Rebuild
unity-lens-music [unity-lens-music] Update to version 6.9.0+15.04.20141219
unity-lens-photos [unity-lens-photos] Rebuild
unity-lens-video [unity-lens-video] Rebuild
unity-scope-home [unity-scope-home] Update to version 6.8.2+15.04.20150311.1
unity-scopes [unity-scopes] Cleanup and rebuild
unity-settings-daemon [unity-settings-daemon] Update to version 15.04.1+15.04.20150313
unity [unity] Update to version 7.3.1+15.04.20150219.2 with Ubuntu release …
zeitgeist-ubuntu [zeitgeist-ubuntu] Cleanup and rebuild
.gitignore [.gitignore] Ignore tar.Z archives [qt4-ubuntu] Removed: qt4 in [extra] supports sni-qt now
What_can_I_update?.py [] print error-message to stderr []: Fix issue #189: If pyalpm is not installed, a… [] Don't install or update the kernel
repo-make.conf update repo-make.conf (taken from [] Fix native versions for PPA sources

Build Status


This project is a port of the Ubuntu Unity desktop and most of its features to Arch Linux. Please see the Arch Wiki for more information.

Installation from binary repositories

The packages in this repo are automatically built by my Jenkins server whenever a commit is made. To use these packages, just add the following to /etc/pacman.conf:

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server =$repo/$arch

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server =$repo/$arch


  • thn81
  • L42y
  • City-Busz
  • All of the other AUR maintainers that helped make it possible to run Unity under Arch Linux

Compiling from source

Please make sure you don't already have modified versions of the dependencies installed. For example, gtk3-ubuntu might fail to compile if there's a modified version of gtk3 already installed.

Packages ending with "-ubuntu" contain Ubuntu patches and REPLACE Arch Linux versions of those packages.

To compile from source, just build all of the packages in the following order:

Package Description
gtk2-ubuntu GTK toolkit 2.0 with Ubuntu's patches
gtk3-ubuntu GTK toolkit 3.0 with Ubuntu's patches
libdbusmenu-ubuntu Library for passing menus over DBus
ido Widgets and objects used for indicators
libindicator Symbols and functions for indicators
libindicate Libraries to raise 'flags' on DBus
libindicate-qt Qt 4 bindings for libindicate
libappindicator Library to export menu bar to Unity
unity-gtk-module Application menu module for GTK+
dee-ubuntu Model to synchronize instances over DBus
libunity Library for integrating with Unity
libunity-misc Differently licensed stuff for Unity
indicator-messages Collects messages that need a response
bamf-ubuntu Application matching framework
libtimezonemap GTK+3 timezone map widget
gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu Shared GSettings schemas for the desktop
gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu Daemon handling the GNOME session settings
gnome-session-ubuntu GNOME Session Manager
gnome-screensaver-ubuntu GNOME screen saver and locker
unity-settings-daemon Daemon handling the Unity session settings
unity-control-center Utilities to configure the Unity desktop
properties-cpp C++11 library providing properties/signals
lightdm-ubuntu Cross-desktop lightweight display manager
libgee06 Legacy GObject collection library
indicator-application Takes menus and puts them in the panel
indicator-appmenu Indicator to host the menus from apps
indicator-datetime Indicator to show the date and time
indicator-keyboard Indicator to show kb. layout/input method
indicator-power Indicator to show battery information
indicator-printers Indicator to show active print jobs
indicator-session Indicator for session management
indicator-sound Indicator to show a unified sound menu
gsettings-qt Library to access GSettings from Qt
dee-qt Qt5 bindings for dee
libcolumbus Small, fast, error tolerant matcher
hud Backend for the Unity HUD
network-manager-applet-ubuntu NetworkManager applet w/indicator support
overlay-scrollbar Overlay scrollbars for GTK+2 and GTK+3
frame Open Input Framework Frame Library
grail Gesture recognition and instantiation lib.
geis Implementation of the GEIS interface
nux An OpenGL toolkit for Unity
unity-asset-pool Design assets for Unity
nautilus-ubuntu File manager for GNOME and Unity
zeitgeist-ubuntu Service for logging user activities
unity-lens-applications Unity lens for searching applications
unity-lens-files Unity lens for searching files
unity-lens-music Unity lens for searching music library
unity-lens-photos Unity lens for searching photos
unity-lens-video Unity lens for searching videos
unity-scope-home Unity lens for aggregating search results
unity-scopes Unity scopes for searching online sources
compiz-ubuntu Compositing window manager
lightdm-unity-greeter LightDM greeter for Unity
unity Desktop shell designed for efficiency
unity-language-packs Unity language packs


See the Arch wiki for more troubleshooting tips.

  • AHH! Something is wrong with Unity!

    Try resetting the settings for Unity and Compiz and relogin:

    rm -rvf ~/.cache/unity/
    rm -vf ~/.cache/unity-lens-video

    If something is still wrong, please file a bug report at either:




  • The global menu does not show up for Qt 4 applications.

    Just install appmenu-qt

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