Talk:Install from existing Linux

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Problems with the "Alternate, Simpler" method

Users should be aware that the script seems to require a full-blown bash shell. Neither Debian nor Ubuntu rescue environments were able to run it as they both use stripped down shells. Also, neither rescue environment has xz installed so even trying to brute force it as I did, won't work.

The last paragraph was a real killer. "You will still need to do any final configuration touches as you would in a normal Arch install" should link to something or else the section should begin with a disclaimer not to try this unless you already know how to do a "normal Arch install."

  • You tried to brute force it? ...trying to brute force xz uncompression, without having xz... does not make a lot of sense ^_^ (sudo all you want, that is not gonna make xz appear, :P) I don't think is necessary to explain that is a requirement to know how to do a normal arch install; installing from another distro is an expert installation method, one that is a bit harder to do than the vanilla, official way. Users should not be trying to do such thing if they can't even do a vanilla install. Anyway, I'm preparing a tutorial for a different way, one that is similar to the alternate way, and that can be used instead of that one (using the minimalist and simple style of the wiki)... and yeah, I'm going to mention the official install guide.

Chrisl (talk) 05:52, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Language cleanup

As per a "This article or section needs language, wiki syntax or style improvements" flag for Install_from_existing_Linux#lvmetad I am going to clean this up. The new structure should be less ambiguous and point to both mkinitcpio's wiki and grub's wiki. Example:

Because I have ZERO experience with setting up arch from an existing Linux OS, I wanted to mention my changes in the talk page. Basically, I want to cleanup the section language/style wise and style wise ONLY. The meaning must be the same. Hopefully this works as intended. :) JohnBobSmithWiki (talk) 16:54, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Problems with Parted Magic CDROM boot

`pacstrap /mnt base` failed
mount: mount point /mnt/dev/pts does not exist 

the trace log here http://pastebin.com/xKj1BHqg dlin ([[User talk:dlin|talk]) 12:07, 12 Sep 2014

Guide might need updating

At the section "Selecting a mirror and downloading basic tools" when I attempted to update my package list with "pacman -Syyu"

I got this error

error: could not determine cachedir mount point /var/cache/pacman/pkg
error: failed to commit transaction (not enough free disk space)

I "solved" it by mounting my chroot'd directory to itself

mount --bind / /

and exiting and re-opening it Whether or not that was a good idea or not, I'll find out soon enough!

—This unsigned comment is by Ehmish (talk) 03:53, 6 May 2018 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Word "pacman" linked to arch-install-scripts source - is it intentional?

Snippet of the source from #Using pacman from the host system:

[https://git.archlinux.org/arch-install-scripts.git/ Pacman] can be compiled on most Linux distributions, [...]

Wouldn't it be better to link to Pacman's source code repository https://git.archlinux.org/pacman.git ? -- Josephgbr (talk) 14:30, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

That's definitely not intentional, I meant to link pacman but probably allowed the second link which *should* go to the arch-install-scripts, to wander over into this link too. -- Eschwartz (talk) 14:41, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Great. Thanks for the fast reply and the fix. Closing this topic. I won't remove as mentioned it in the submit message, but feel free to remove it. -- Josephgbr (talk) 23:22, 17 July 2018 (UTC)