Arch Linux

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Reboot your VPS and select the CentOS rescue image.

If you don't want to set up partitions (I didn't), just go ahead and make it ext3.

# mkfs.ext3 /dev/xvda1

Mount the drive into /mnt

# mount -n /dev/xvda1 /mnt
# cd /mnt

Download the install script and run it!

# wget
# chmod +x
# ./

The install script chroots for you. After entering the root password for your new system, you need to configure your Arch. Specify DNS servers in /etc/resolv.conf. An example, using prgmr nameservers:


Uncomment the desired locale in /etc/locale.gen then run locale-gen. The default is en_US.UTF-8 as seen in /etc/rc.conf. An example /etc/locale.gen:

en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8  
en_US ISO-8859-1

Add your / partition to /etc/fstab. Get your UUID from ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/. An example /etc/fstab:

# <file system>        <dir>         <type>    <options>          <dump> <pass>
devpts                 /dev/pts      devpts    defaults            0      0
shm                    /dev/shm      tmpfs     nodev,nosuid        0      0

UUID=185c4489-6eec-4b72-a479-c4cc207e7413 /	ext3	defaults,noatime 0 1

Remove the default kernel, as we're installing the Xen one.

# pacman -Rsdn kernel26

To build the Xen kernel, you'll need to install the make, gcc, and patch packages from the repositories.

# pacman -S make gcc patch

Download and untar the latest tarball of the kernel26-xen package.

# wget
# tar -xf kernel26-xen.tar.gz
# cd kernel26-xen

You'll need to uncomment the following line from the PKGBUILD file.

#pkgname=('kernel26-xen' 'kernel26-xen-headers') # Build kernel with a different name

Build the package. This step will take a while, so grab some coffee and a scone.

# makepkg --asroot

If makepkg complains about extracting, then do it yourself for both, linux and patch archives and move them to src/. Try makepkg again :with no extract flag:

# makepkg --asroot -e

Install the packages you just built:

# pacman -U kernel26-xen-VERSION-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz
# pacman -U kernel26-xen-headers-VERSION-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz

Install grub

pacman -S grub

Edit boot/grub/menu.lst and fill it with the following:

timeout 5
default 0

# (0) Arch Linux
title  Arch Linux
root   (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26-xen root=/dev/xvda1 ro console=hvc0
initrd /boot/kernel26-xen.img

Edit /etc/inittab and remove/comment these

# -8 options fixes umlauts problem on login
c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 tty1 linux
c2:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 tty2 linux
c3:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 tty3 linux
c4:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 tty4 linux
c5:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 tty5 linux
c6:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 tty6 linux

Uncomment this

# Hypervisor Virtual Console for Xen and KVM
# h0:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 38400 hvc0 linux

This should fix everything complaining about time issues, though I have no idea if its the *best* way of doing it:

# echo xen > /sys/devices/system/clocksource/clocksource0/current_clocksource

Install SSH and configure it (

# pacman -S openssh

Reboot your VPS and you should be good to go!