[manjaro-i3] Installing i3 to existing Manjaro



What is the best way to add i3 to an existing Manjaro installation?
I’ve looking into it a bit, and I have two specific issues I’m hoping for help with…

1. Is the wiki accurate? It doesn’t seem right to me.

Wiki instructions:

To install i3, enter the command:
sudo pacman -S i3-wm
To install a status bar and screen-locker for i3, enter the command:
sudo pacman -S i3lock i3status

Seems the above would just install simple upstream i3.
Wouldn’t the wiki be better to install the Manjaro i3? I think it would be more like this:

sudo pacman -S i3 i3-manjaro
(to install the i3 and i3-manjaro groups of packages)

I’m not certain though, because I get a conflict, which leads into my second question…

2. Can i3 be installed alongside KDE?

The i3 and KDE settings packages don’t seem to be able to play nice together.

:: manjaro-i3-settings and manjaro-kde-settings are in conflict (manjaro-desktop-settings). Remove manjaro-kde-settings? [y/N]
error: unresolvable package conflicts detected
error: failed to prepare transaction (conflicting dependencies)
:: manjaro-i3-settings and manjaro-kde-settings are in conflict


Okay, starting to understand after finding this thread:

So I think I can just go ahead and proceed with the install, and replace manjaro-kde-settings with manjaro-i3-settings without affecting anything.
Then create a new user and login with i3 (which will utilize /etc/skel from manjaro-i3-settings).

I’ll give this a try when I have another opportunity.
If it works out, then I’ll propose an update to the wiki.


Or you can have them both in the same time …