Install from SSH
This article is intended to show users how to install Arch remotely via an SSH connection. Consider this approach over the standard one in scenarios such as the following:
- HTPC without a proper monitor (e.g. an SDTV);
- PC located in another city, state, country (friend's house, parent's house, etc.);
- PC that you would rather setup remotely, for example from the comfort of one's own workstation with copy/paste abilities from the ArchWiki.
On the remote (target) machine
Boot the target machine into a live Arch environment via the Live CD/USB image: this will log the user in as root.
At this point, setup the network on the target machine as for example suggested in Installation guide#Connect to the Internet.
Secondly, setup a root password which is needed for an SSH connection, since the default Arch password for root is empty:
Now check that
PermitRootLogin yes is present (and uncommented) in
/etc/ssh/sshd_config. This setting allows root login with password authentification on the SSH server.
Finally, start the openssh daemon with
sshd.service, which is included by default on the live CD.
On the local machine
On the local machine, connect to the target machine via SSH with the following command:
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
From here one is presented with the live environment's welcome message and is able to administer the target machine as if sitting at the physical keyboard. At this point, if the intent is to simply install Arch from the live media, follow the guide at Installation guide. If the intent is to edit an existing Linux install that got broken, follow the Install from existing Linux wiki article.