BalenaEtcher does not open from applauncher link, but will from terminal?

If you want to continue with balena etcher, consider that etcher is probably this one here, which doesn't have a desktop file (can be created manually) . See comments here:
While the balena-etcher-elektron is this one, with a desktop file:


Time to remove balena from chaotic-aur :smiley:

Just bloat for things dd can also do :slight_smile:

sudo dd bs=4M if=garuda-i3-$date-linux-zen.iso of=/dev/sdX status=progress oflag=sync

Well, there's also mediawriter, which is Fedora's Media Writer, which is as simple as belenaEtcher, but without the monitoring metrics included for absolutely no reason. (I mean, belenaEtcher is freaking Electron for no reason).

And yep! This, in most modern distros, works great, provided you know the of value properly..


Oh wow. Bloat.

I have been downloading the appimage from balena themselves and using that. Not ideal in my book, but it works...

Guess i'm moving to ventoy instead.


Non-bloated tools to write images to USB sticks: USBImager and MintStick.

If you are launching etcher from terminal with $ etcher, open menu editor, highlight etcher and click properties and in the command box replace whatever it has with just etcher, or whatever you are entering in terminal to launch it. That should do it.

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Open With: Kate ????!!!!

Should not open with Kate.

Here is the .desktop in the aur:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Flash OS images to SD cards and USB drives, safely and easily.
Exec="/usr/bin/balena-etcher-electron" %U

I'm removing Etcher Chaotic-AUR because it hasn't updated to a modern version of electron. When that happens, it will likely be much smaller. At that point, we could consider adding it back. etcher-git will be the most likely candidate when that eventually happens.


Replace Octopi with pamac-all and only use the pamac gui to see what updates are available and then do the updating from your terminal. As for SGS's Ventoy suggestion yes use it and not Etcher.


Yikes! NO! This is not the way. There's far better ways to check for updates and keep up-to-date.

Two prime examples:

kalu - Systray app that keeps you notified of updates, and can be customized to run garuda-update like it should be if you use it.
gnome-shell-extension-arch-update - GNOME extension very similar to kalu.

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Nice tip, kalu sounds like a very convenient all-in-one reminder, I'll check it out.

edit: forgot to add, I'm happy with the little waybar widget that comes with the Sway edition.

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If you want to use a GUI utility for creating your boot disks, then I would recommend Suse ImageWriter. It is small, does not collect any user info, and has always worked flawlessly on Arch derivatives in my experience. Of course dd is the surest method, as long as you are careful to point to the right destination drive.


My way or your way both work perfectly fine. NOTHING wrong with either.

Thank you all for the replies, much appreciated.

Although I desire to learn the CLI better, I am of the opinion that modern computers should have GUI applications that are just as powerful as any CLI commands. One should not have to learn the CLI in order to have full control over their machine, just like one should not require an engineering degree in automotive engineering in order to drive their car. Maybe not the best comparison, but I think I make my point.

I do however desire to learn as much as I can, and yes, using the CLI to do things will help me to do that. But at the same time, if a GUI app exists to do "the thing", why not use it?

I was not aware of those details about balenaEtcher; it's just what I've used in Windows. I'll remove it and try out Ventoy or some of the other suggestions.

I do search the Wiki, to include Arch, before posting. Also, if Octopi is not so good, why is it included by default in Garuda, and why not some other GUI app instead?

Thanks all!


It sure helps to know a thing or two about how it works though...

My two cents about GUI tools in general is, I wish they were made in a way that guides the user to learn what happens behind the scene rather than hide it from view.
Something like an IDE, where you click "build" but still get to see the compiler command line.


This seems to depend on the maintainer as to what is included in each DE.

For i3wm, I added pacseek and did not remove pamac. Octopi was and is not included.

I don't think anyone is saying octopi is not good, any additional GUI just increases the risk of a working existing CLI function being executed incorrectly. As seen with pamac.
Also, pamac is not bad per se, I like to use it occasionally, but just not for installing software.


And thus waste the endusers time.

you mean like in Pamac using the arrow in the bottom right corner to be taken to the screen that gives you a verbose view, or clicking run in terminal in Octopi? I'm sure other GUI based app installers / updaters do the same.

That would be pretty cool....and helpful, TBH.

Great idea!

@Locutus is there any place that documents these features, as I suspect not many new Linux users are even aware. At least, I'm not. Thanks.

@Tech49 I'm sure there is, but to be honest I'd just use your preferred search engine and see what you can find. I only learned the various features of pamac and octopi by going through all of their settings.

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