Arch Linux

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The purpose of this document is to provide the minimum necessary information to get arch up and reasonably secure.

Accessing the Management Console

If you're not familiar with accessing the management console, please see

Boot a Rescue Image

Shut down your machine if it is running. Then in the management console select

    2. create/start, opens OOB console (try this if the machine is not running)

This will bring up a menu resembling:

    GNU GRUB  version 0.97  (131072K lower / 0K upper memory)

 | user bootloader configuration                                           |  
 | Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64 Live Rescue                      |
 | Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64 (single-user mode) Live Rescue   |
 | ubuntu-trusty-14.04-64 rescue                                           |
 | ubuntu-trusty-14.04-64 install                                          |
 | centos5-64 rescue                                                       |
 | centos5-64 install                                                      |
 | debian-wheezy-7.0-64 rescue                                             |
 | debian-wheezy-7.0-64 install                                            |
 | fedora20-64 rescue                                                      |
 | fedora20-64 install                                                     |
 | centos6-64 rescue                                                       | v
    Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
    Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the
    commands before booting, or 'c' for a command-line.

Boot Debian GNU/Linux Live Rescue from GRUB.

Installing Base Arch

Clone the Repository

Clone this repo in the rescue image instance:

For example:

┌──ben [~]
└╼ git clone
Cloning into 'archinstall-scripts'...
remote: Counting objects: 20, done.
remote: Total 20 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 20
Unpacking objects: 100% (20/20), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
┌──ben [~]

Run the Install Script

Run the `` script.

┌──ben [~]
└╼ cd archinstall-scripts
┌──ben [~]
└╼ sudo ./

When the script ends, there will be the word "finished" on a new line which will look like this:

[tons of script output]
┌──ben [~]

Post Configuration

This script should take care of the hardware aspects of configuring an arch install, however you will still need to set up timezones, user accounts, passwords and so forth. See the arch beginner's guide for details:'_guide

and general recommendations:

The beginner's guide is really quite thorough, and should be glanced through if not read in its entirety. Some things you might find important:

Setting Up a New User (super important)

Networking (it's all reasonably useful)

Console Improvements

Changing Your Locale (system language)'_guide#Locale

Changing Your Timezone'_guide#Time

Available Applications


booting into rescue image