[Checklist] after you install your system

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When you successfully installed your system and everything works, congratulations :+1:
Maintaining this level of success is your responsibility, the community will help you with advice and guidance if you ask sensible questions & provide the right information.

:ballot_box_with_check: Fallback kernel

For rescue purposes, have more then 1 kernel installed to be able to boot into your system with another version of the kernel. Manjaro provides a easy way to install, use and update these kernels using the Manjaro settings manager. Have at least two available, at least one LTS kernel.

:ballot_box_with_check: Failed services

Check to see of there are failed services with: systemctl --failed from a terminal.
Unsure if it is important? Drop the service name in the search box on the forum or your favorite search engine + Manjaro to learn what it is for, how critical it is and what you can do about it. If in doubt, ask on the Manjaro forum what to do in your situation.

:ballot_box_with_check: Check system logs from last boot

Check if there are errors in the system log that might be a issue later from a terminal with
journalctl --boot --priority=err

Example
My journal has this error every boot:

gdm-password][1543]:Gkr-pam: unable to locate daemon control file
Searching for a solution provided a thread on the arch linux forum, a great resource. It’s an error but not a problem it seems so it can be ignored.

Remember, not all errors are bad, if you have none, I don’t believe you. Errors are a way to notify that something failed, the condition can be temporary, there might be something broken/hardware not supported (yet) Easy method: drop it in the search box on the forum or your favorite search engine + Manjaro and see what pops up and how critical it is. If in doubt, ask on the Manjaro forum what to do in your situation.

:ballot_box_with_check: Check swap status

Check if swap works using the terminal command swapon. The command outputs the used option. If you have no swap configured check here what to do.

:ballot_box_with_check: Implement a backup solution

Sooner or later you will have some of your own files and set up your system exactly the way you like it. It would be a shame if a wrong command or click could wipe out all your hard work so think about recovery in case of failure for your situation.

:ballot_box_with_check: Install drivers when needed

Hardware is detected at install by the built-in kernel drivers using sane defaults. There are cases where specific (additional) drivers are needed to get the most or anything out of the hardware. The Manjaro settings manager will manage most of the options you will need for a stable system. Have a feeling your hardware is not working as it should? Put the name in the search box on the forum or your favorite search engine + Manjaro and see what you can do about it.

:ballot_box_with_check: Make notes

You might think you remember what you chose and why a week ago, in a few weeks it will be harder. if your system won’t boot, what is the drive that holds your /home with the only copy that important document you need now. Document some basic things about your system on your phone/notebook/wall. Some examples are:

  • your drive layout, what, where and why?
  • if you encrypt something, loosing the passphrase means it is all gone forever.
  • how to restore a backup, have you tested your backup procedure?

Further reading to keep your system happy & healthy

This is an adaptation of checklist I use when installing a new system, made it a bit prettier for the forum. there are some things that are probably missing, I’ll maintain it here from now on. I’ve not found a similar list somewhere to point new users to, if there is please point me to it.

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