You can view the up-to-the-minute stats here:
NOTE: To change the
sorting option, you will need to re-click the
desired button to "refresh" the page.
ArchStats is a purely voluntary project within the
community to track the software and hardware of its users.
Having this information will help the Arch Linux developers rank
the software packages and system hardware according to what is
most commonly used. For example, software packages that are widely
installed will have a higher priority for updates/patches than
software that is rarely installed within the Arch Linux user base.
The same is true of hardware; kernel configurations, modules, and
processor types will help the Arch Linux developers better serve
Participation is easy. All you need to do is install the
archstats client program, initially
configure it, then set it up to run on system startup and/or
as a cronjob. See the Installation instructions below for further
Once configured and invoked, archstats
gathers hardware and software information about your local system
(it only gathers the information you tell it to in the config file)
and uploads that data to the ArchStats Server (the PHP script that
generated the web page you are reading right now). The information
you submit is done anonymously; your system information is not tied
specifically to your local machine. The program does not send any
confidential information and does not associate the information you
submit with your IP address, hostname, or any other data that could
be used to correlate your system information with your specific
The following is a list of valid clients that the ArchStats server will
allow. You can view the ChangeLog if you're interested.
Please note, if you are still using the Python client, you must
upgrade to the new client. If you are upgrading, you should keep a copy
of your original archstats.conf file and restore
it after you upgrade so that you can maintain your current SYSTEM_UID.
v4.0 - d391ca3d82a849ca0022dca02ee398bd
v3.9 - f06312cb9463d06694fa6801d5110f3c
v3.8 - ac51df64a8aef14141adaf6460881226
v3.7 - 44554d0ef1bf80d00b4afe052e02a5af
v3.6 - 17570830faf3b23ee63ce5734fffaf5f
v3.5 - 16fcd4b0242d989b09578a0f8dcbed5f
v3.4 - 9a00251d74e2cd4a4482993b5c91e1db
v3.3 - 54ebfabb23a4aaead84e9135e674835e
v3.2 - 722fefdb9ff9d684dddc678f1c2bd43f
v3.1 - 5ae6d544680eaf3ed81ec5169ce5e3e1
v3.0 - 6f4cafdb81c256bf10908c9499cc029c
- Install the archstats client program
from the 'extra' repository with the command: pacman -Sy archstats. If you get an error
about the package not being found in the sync db, edit your
/etc/pacman.conf file and make sure that the
'extra' repository is uncommented.
- Initially configure the program by running: archstats -r. The default configuration file is located at /etc/archstats/archstats.conf.
NOTE: You should consider adding a NoUpgrade option for this config file to your /etc/pacman.conf file to prevent it from being overwritten during upgrades.
Alternatively, you can run the program as a regular user and use
'-c' switch to specify an different config file (archstats -c /path/to/other/config_file -r).
- Review which stats and their respective values before
uploading them to the server to ensure that you are comfortable
with the data that you will be sharing with the community.
You can do this by running the program in "dummy mode"
by typing: archstats -d. You may want to
pipe the output through a pager or redirect it to a file for closer
inspection. NOTE: If you specified an alternate config file, make
sure to specify it again here as well (archstats
-c /path/to/other/config_file -d).
- Set it to run once a day as a cron job.
Type: 'crontab -e' at root's
shell prompt then add the following string to the end of the file:
0 0 * * * /usr/bin/archstats -u
This will execute the archstats program
in "update" mode every midnight.
Or, as above, you can run this as a regular user and use that
user's crontab to update the stats making sure to specify the
the correct config file.
- A startup script is also installed to
/etc/rc.d/archstatsrc. You may want to
consider adding the startup script to your DAEMONS line of your
/etc/rc.conf file (make sure to add it
after your network has been started) so that your stats are
updated each time you power your system on/off.
This method of updating your stats is more reliable if your
system is not typically powered on at midnight.
NOTE: If you are using an alternate config file, make sure to
edit the archstatsrc script and direct
it to the proper config file with the '-c' switch.
- A man page is also included that explains some of the other
- archstats.phtml - The server code that
the archstats client code connects to (the same
code that generated the page you are reading) in order to update your
local system's stats. The source code is made visible so that you can
fully review it to satisfy any privacy/security concerns. NOTE: This
code is provided for the curious and/or security conscious visitor - you
do not need to download it in order to participate in the ArchStats
- kconfig.phps - This code was yanked
from the main server code above. This script gets called once a day
as a cronjob and produces a static HTML page 'kconfig.html' that gets
included when a visitor access the Kernel Config page. This was done
in an attempt to reduce the load on the server since this function was
very hard on the server.
- archstats.schema - The MySQL schema
file describing the data storage for uploaded stats. Again, you do not
need this code to participate, it is provided for reference purposes
- archstats source - The source code for the
archstats client. This code is also provided
for reference only. To participate, please install the client code with
the pacman utility as described above in the
NOTE: Be advised that if you download the source and compile it by hand,
or use Arch's abs/makepkg utilities to recompile
the client, it will not be able to upload your stats to the
ArchStats server. The reason is that, for security purposes, the client
and server exchange their respective md5sums when the client connects to
the server, and when you recompile the client code, it will not retain
the same md5sum as the client you install with
|Client Warning Messages:
- Server protocol failure - The client
received an unexpected message from the ArchStats server. You should
make sure you are running the most up-to-date client and try your update
- Corrupted ArchStats client - You will only
receive this error message if you are using an old or modified client.
NOTE: If you have recompiled the archstats client locally, or used the
makepkg utility, your client will receive this
error message because your client's md5sum is different than the one the
ArchStats server expects.
- Rejected upload data - You will only
see this error if the server detects HTML formatting characters in
your upload data. If you feel that this error is incorrect, please
submit a bug report and provide a copy of your archstats config file
and the output of running in dummy mode.
- Server mismatch detected - You will receive
this message if there has been a change to the ArchStats Server since the
the last time you ran your client. You may want to visit the ArchStats
Project page to verify that MD5 and/or version number match what was
reported in the error message.
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