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* It only runs in RAM, without any special filesystems like squashfs, thus it is limited to the RAM which is installed in your system.
 
* It only runs in RAM, without any special filesystems like squashfs, thus it is limited to the RAM which is installed in your system.
 
[[pacman|Install]] {{pkg|archboot}} from the [[official repositories]].
 
[[pacman|Install]] {{pkg|archboot}} from the [[official repositories]].
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==The difference to the archiso install media==
 +
* It provides an additional interactive setup and quickinst script.
 +
* It contains [core] repository on media.
 +
* It runs a modified Arch Linux system in initramfs.
 +
* It is restricted to RAM usage, everything which is not necessary like
 +
: man or info pages etc. is not provided.
 +
* It doesn't mount anything during boot process.
 +
* It supports remote installation through ssh.
  
 
==Archboot ISO Releases==
 
==Archboot ISO Releases==
* Hybrid image files and torrents are provided, which include i686 and/or x86_64 core repository.
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* Hybrid image files and torrents are provided, which include i686/x86_64 and [core] repository,
* Please read the according Changelog files for RAM limitations.
+
: network labeled images don't include [core] repository.
 
* Please check md5sum before using it.
 
* Please check md5sum before using it.
* [https://downloads.archlinux.de/iso/archboot/2013.03 Download 2013.03 „2k13-R1“] / [ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/iso/archboot/Changelog-2013.03-4.txt Changelog] / [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=159997 Forum thread]
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* [https://downloads.archlinux.de/iso/archboot/2013.09 Download 2013.09 „2k13-R3“] / [ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/iso/archboot/Changelog-2013.09-1.txt Changelog] / [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=170238 Forum thread]
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: kernel: 3.11.1-2
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: pacman: 4.1.2
 +
: systemd: 207-5
 +
: RAM recommendations: 512 MB
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===Burning Release===
 
===Burning Release===
 
Hybrid image file is a standard CD-burnable image and also a raw disk image.  
 
Hybrid image file is a standard CD-burnable image and also a raw disk image.  
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* Can be raw-written to a drive using 'dd' or similar utilities. This method is intended for use with USB thumb drives.
 
* Can be raw-written to a drive using 'dd' or similar utilities. This method is intended for use with USB thumb drives.
 
{{bc|1='dd if=<imagefile> of=/dev/<yourdevice> bs=1M'}}
 
{{bc|1='dd if=<imagefile> of=/dev/<yourdevice> bs=1M'}}
===Supported boot modes of Archboot media===
 
* It supports BIOS booting with syslinux.
 
* It supports UEFI booting with gummiboot and EFISTUB,
 
: for booting LTS kernels with efilinux-efi .
 
:  (only UEFI USB is supported, UEFI CD booting is not supported!)
 
* It supports grub's iso loopback support.
 
: variables used (below for example):
 
: iso_loop_dev=UUID=XXXX
 
: iso_loop_path=/blah/archboot.iso
 
* It supports booting using syslinux's memdisk (only in BIOS mode).
 
  
 
===PXE booting / Rescue system===
 
===PXE booting / Rescue system===
[https://downloads.archlinux.de/iso/archboot/2013.03/boot Download 2013.03 „2k13-R1“] needed files from the directory.
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[https://downloads.archlinux.de/iso/archboot/2013.09/boot Download 2013.09 „2k13-R3“] needed files from the directory.
 
* vmlinuz_i686 + initramfs_i686.img (i686)
 
* vmlinuz_i686 + initramfs_i686.img (i686)
 
* vmlinuz_x86_64 +  initramfs_x86_64.img(x86_64)
 
* vmlinuz_x86_64 +  initramfs_x86_64.img(x86_64)
* vmlinuz_i686_lts + initramfs_i686.img (i686 LTS kernel)
 
* vmlinuz_x86_64_lts +  initramfs_x86_64.img (x86_64 LTS kernel)
 
 
* For PXE booting add the kernel and initrd to your tftp setup and you will get a running installation/rescue system.
 
* For PXE booting add the kernel and initrd to your tftp setup and you will get a running installation/rescue system.
 
* For Rescue booting add an entry to your bootloader pointing to the kernel and initrd.
 
* For Rescue booting add an entry to your bootloader pointing to the kernel and initrd.
  
===News===
 
2013.03 „2k13-R1“
 
* major update/cleanup on all components
 
====General====
 
* kernel 3.8.4 / LTS kernel 3.0.70
 
* pacman 4.0.3 usage
 
* RAM recommendations: 768 MB
 
 
====Kernel changes====
 
* bump to latest 3.8.x series and bump lts to latest 3.0.x series
 
====Environment changes====
 
* updated pacman mirrorlist
 
* replaced netcfg with netctl
 
* removed ide-legacy hook
 
* replaced arch_virtio, arch_fw with block hook
 
* replaced usbinput with keyboard hook
 
* replaced dbus-core with dbus
 
* bump to latest mkinitcpio code
 
* bump syslinux from 4.x to 5.0
 
* removed bind and dnsutils
 
* blacklist floppy module during boot
 
 
====setup changes====
 
* replaced netcfg network setup with netctl
 
* always install netctl instead of netcfg
 
* replaced gummiboot-efi with gummiboot
 
* removed initscripts compat mode
 
* always install systemd-sysvcompat
 
* updated gummiboot install routine
 
* updated refind install routine
 
* removed persistent soundcard and network hack,
 
: systemd handles everything now.
 
* no need to add hostname to /etc/hosts anymore
 
 
====quickinst changes====
 
* removed initscripts compat mode
 
* removed rc.conf hint
 
* removed double check on ntfs
 
 
===History===
 
History of old releases can be found [ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/iso/archboot/history here].
 
===The difference to the archiso install media===
 
* It provides an additional interactive setup and quickinst script.
 
* It contains [core] repository on media.
 
* It provides the long time support kernel as boot and installation option.
 
* It runs a modified Arch Linux system in initramfs.
 
* It is restricted to RAM usage, everything which is not necessary like
 
: man or info pages etc. is not provided.
 
* It doesn't mount anything during boot process.
 
 
===Interactive setup features===
 
* Media and Network installation mode
 
* Changing keymap and consolefont
 
* Changing time and date
 
* Setup network with netctl
 
* Preparing storage disk, like auto-prepare, partitioning, GUID (gpt) support, 4k sector drive support etc.
 
* Creation of software raid/raid partitions, lvm2 devices and luks encrypted devices
 
* Supports standard linux,raid/raid_partitions,dmraid,lvm2 and encrypted devices
 
* Filesystem support: ext2/3/4, btrfs, nilfs2, reiserfs,xfs,jfs,ntfs-3g,vfat
 
* Name scheme support: PARTUUID, PARTLABEL, FSUUID, FSLABEL and KERNEL
 
* Mount support of grub loopback and memdisk installation media
 
* Package selection support
 
* Signed package installation
 
* hwdetect script is used for preconfiguration
 
* Auto/Preconfiguration of framebuffer, uvesafb, kms mode, fstab, mkinitcpio.conf, systemd, crypttab and mdadm.conf
 
* Configuration of basic system files
 
* Setting root password
 
* grub-bios, grub-efi-x86_64, grub-efi-i386, refind-efi-x86_64, gummiboot, efilinux-efi, lilo, extlinux/syslinux, bootloader support
 
 
===Bootparameters===
 
====General boot parameters====
 
* earlymodules
 
: load modules before hooks are executed
 
: Usage:
 
: earlymodules=<comma-separated-array>
 
: earlymodules=ahci,ehci-hcd
 
* disablehooks
 
: disable a hook which is run during bootup
 
: Usage:
 
: disablehooks=<comma-separated-array>
 
: disablehooks=arch_floppy,arch_cdrom
 
* root
 
: Using this option will boot you into your specified existing system.
 
: Usage:
 
: root=/dev/<your-root-of-installed-system>
 
: root=/dev/sda3
 
* rootflags
 
: Using this option will pass special mount options for your root device
 
: Usage:
 
: rootflags=<comma-separated-array>
 
: rootflags=subvol=root,compress,ssd
 
* advanced
 
: This will override advanced hooks running order for your system.
 
: Default order is arch_mdadm,arch_lvm2,arch_encrypt
 
: Advanced hooks are: arch_mdadm,arch_lvm2,arch_encrypt
 
: Usage:
 
: advanced=hook1,hook2,hook3
 
: advanced=arch_encrypt,arch_mdadm
 
* arch-addons
 
: You want to load external addon packages or configs into the install environment.
 
: Place external addon packages in /packages directory of your external device.
 
: Place external configs in /config directory of your external device.
 
 
====Video and framebuffer options====
 
* uvesafb
 
: enables uvesafb mode during boot and activates setup routine to use it later on installed system.
 
: you need to specify your supported resolution eg.:
 
: uvesafb=<resolution>-<depth>
 
: uvesafb=1024x768-16
 
* fbmodule
 
: Loads the fb module you specify durin boot process and activates setup routine to use it later on installed system.
 
: Use it like this fbmodule=<yourmodule>, e.g. fbmodule=cirrusfb
 
 
===FAQ, Known Issues and limitations===
 
* Release specific known issues and workarounds are posted in changelog files.
 
* Check also the forum threads for posted fixes and workarounds.
 
* Why screen stays blank or other weird screen issues happen?
 
:: Some hardware doesn't like the KMS activation, use radeon.modeset=0 or i915.modeset=0 on boot prompt.
 
* dmraid might be broken on some boards, support is not perfect here.
 
:: The reason is there are so many different hardware components out there. At the moment 1.0.0rc16 is included, with latest fedora patchset.
 
* grub2 cannot detect correct bios boot order:
 
:: It may happen that hd(x,x) entries are not correct, thus first reboot may not work.
 
:: Reason: grub cannot detect bios boot order.
 
:: Fix: Either change bios boot order or change menu.lst to correct entries after successful boot. This cannot be fixed it is a restriction in grub/grub2!
 
* Why is parted used in setup routine, instead of cfdisk in msdos partitiontable mode?
 
:: parted is the only linux partition program that can handle all type of things the setup routine offers.
 
:: cfdisk cannot handle GPT/GUID nor it can allign partitions correct with 1MB spaces for 4k sector disks.
 
:: cfdisk is a nice tool but is too limited to be the standard partitioner anymore.
 
:: cfdisk is still included but has to be run in an other terminal.
 
 
===UEFI hints===
 
* [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface#Archboot Create UEFI bootable USB from ISO]
 
* [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface#Archboot_2 Remove UEFI boot support from ISO]
 
 
==Archboot BETA ISO Release==
 
* Hybrid image file is provided, which only supports network installation.
 
* Please read the according Changelog files for RAM limitations.
 
* Please check md5sum before using it.
 
* [https://downloads.archlinux.de/iso/archboot/2013.08-beta Download 2013.08 „2k13-R2“] / [ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/iso/archboot/Changelog-2013.08-1.txt Changelog] / [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=166552 Forum thread]
 
===Burning Release===
 
Hybrid image file is a standard CD-burnable image and also a raw disk image.
 
* Can be burned to CD(RW) media using most CD-burning utilities.
 
* Can be raw-written to a drive using 'dd' or similar utilities. This method is intended for use with USB thumb drives.
 
{{bc|1='dd if=<imagefile> of=/dev/<yourdevice> bs=1M'}}
 
 
===Supported boot modes of Archboot media===
 
===Supported boot modes of Archboot media===
 
* It supports BIOS booting with syslinux.
 
* It supports BIOS booting with syslinux.
* It supports UEFI booting with gummiboot and EFISTUB.
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* It supports UEFI/UEFI_CD booting with [[Gummiboot]] and [[EFISTUB]].
 
* It supports Secure Boot with prebootloader.
 
* It supports Secure Boot with prebootloader.
 
* It supports grub(2)'s iso loopback support.
 
* It supports grub(2)'s iso loopback support.
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}}
 
}}
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===How to do a remote installation with ssh?===
 
===How to do a remote installation with ssh?===
 
* During boot all network interfaces will try to obtain an IP address through dhcp.
 
* During boot all network interfaces will try to obtain an IP address through dhcp.
 
* root password is not set by default! If you need privacy during installation set a password.
 
* root password is not set by default! If you need privacy during installation set a password.
 
{{bc|1='ssh root@<yourip>'}}
 
{{bc|1='ssh root@<yourip>'}}
 
===News===
 
2013.08 „2k13-R2“
 
* major update/cleanup on all components
 
====General====
 
* kernel 3.10.9
 
* pacman 4.1.2 usage
 
* RAM recommendations: 512 MB
 
* major update/cleanup on all components
 
 
====Environment changes====
 
* added UEFI_CD boot support
 
* added UEFI Secure boot support
 
* added dhcp startup on network interfaces
 
* added sshd startup on boot (enables remote installation)
 
* added more systemd binaries
 
* disable isw and ddf fakeraid activation through mdadm
 
* updated syslinux to 6.01
 
* updated pacman 4.1.2
 
* updated pacman mirrorlist
 
* synced with mkinitcpio-0.15
 
* readded dnsutils
 
* change pacman-key running to systemd service
 
* change activation of mdadm,lvm2 devices, to lvm2 and mdadm_udev hooks
 
* removed arch_addons
 
* removed arch_advanced_root
 
* removed LTS kernel
 
* removed efilinux support
 
* removed lilo
 
* removed xinetd
 
* removed arch_addons
 
* removed LTS kernel
 
* removed efilinux support
 
* removed lilo
 
* removed xinetd
 
 
====setup changes====
 
* added UEFI secure boot support
 
* added f2fs support
 
* added UEFI syslinux support
 
* added [testing] repository support on network installation
 
* added sync of updated mirrorlist from servers on network installation
 
* added RAID5/6 support for btrfs
 
* added rw parameter on bootloader configs
 
* added download latest mirrorlist first on network installation
 
* added rw flag to bootloaders
 
* added cgroup_disable=memory to bootloaders
 
* added isw and ddf fakeraid detection support through mdadm
 
* fixed password dialog on luks encryption
 
* fixed grub loopback mounting
 
* fixed create msdos partition table on partitionable raid
 
* fixed only run dmraid_update if dmraid devices are used
 
* fixed netctl errors are shown on journalctl
 
* new tz and km routine using systemd utilities
 
* disable [extra] repository on network installation by default
 
* renamed ftp/http install method to network method
 
* replaced df calls with findmnt
 
* replaced device listing code using lsblk
 
* replaced mdadm hook with mdadm_udev hook
 
* removed arch_addons
 
* removed netcfg hack
 
* removed LTS support
 
* removed efilinux support
 
* removed lilo support
 
 
====quickinst changes====
 
* added f2fs support
 
* removed LTS support
 
 
===The difference to the archiso install media===
 
* It provides an additional interactive setup and quickinst script.
 
* It supports UEFI_CD boot.
 
* It runs a modified Arch Linux system in initramfs.
 
* It is restricted to RAM usage, everything which is not necessary like
 
: man or info pages etc. is not provided.
 
* It doesn't mount anything during boot process.
 
* It supports remote installation through ssh.
 
  
 
===Interactive setup features===
 
===Interactive setup features===
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* Preparing storage disk, like auto-prepare, partitioning, GUID (gpt) support, 4k sector drive support etc.
 
* Preparing storage disk, like auto-prepare, partitioning, GUID (gpt) support, 4k sector drive support etc.
 
* Creation of software raid/raid partitions, lvm2 devices and luks encrypted devices
 
* Creation of software raid/raid partitions, lvm2 devices and luks encrypted devices
* Supports standard linux,raid/raid_partitions,dmraid,lvm2 and encrypted devices
+
* Supports standard linux,raid/raid_partitions,dmraid/fakeraid,lvm2 and encrypted devices
 
* Filesystem support: ext2/3/4, btrfs, f2fs, nilfs2, reiserfs,xfs,jfs,ntfs-3g,vfat
 
* Filesystem support: ext2/3/4, btrfs, f2fs, nilfs2, reiserfs,xfs,jfs,ntfs-3g,vfat
 
* Name scheme support: PARTUUID, PARTLABEL, FSUUID, FSLABEL and KERNEL
 
* Name scheme support: PARTUUID, PARTLABEL, FSUUID, FSLABEL and KERNEL
 
* Mount support of grub(2) loopback and memdisk installation media
 
* Mount support of grub(2) loopback and memdisk installation media
 
* Package selection support
 
* Package selection support
* Signed package installation
 
 
* hwdetect script is used for preconfiguration
 
* hwdetect script is used for preconfiguration
* Auto/Preconfiguration offstab, mkinitcpio.conf, systemd, crypttab and mdadm.conf
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* Auto/Preconfiguration of fstab, kms mode, mkinitcpio.conf, systemd, crypttab and mdadm.conf
 
* Configuration of basic system files
 
* Configuration of basic system files
 
* Setting root password
 
* Setting root password
 
* grub(2) (BIOS and UEFI), refind-efi, gummiboot, syslinux (BIOS and UEFI) bootloader support
 
* grub(2) (BIOS and UEFI), refind-efi, gummiboot, syslinux (BIOS and UEFI) bootloader support
 
===Bootparameters===
 
====General boot parameters====
 
* earlymodules
 
: load modules before hooks are executed
 
: Usage:
 
: earlymodules=<comma-separated-array>
 
: earlymodules=ahci,ehci-hcd
 
* disablehooks
 
: disable a hook which is run during bootup
 
: Usage:
 
: disablehooks=<comma-separated-array>
 
: disablehooks=arch_floppy,arch_cdrom
 
* root
 
: Using this option will boot you into your specified existing system.
 
: Usage:
 
: root=/dev/<your-root-of-installed-system>
 
: root=/dev/sda3
 
* rootflags
 
: Using this option will pass special mount options for your root device
 
: Usage:
 
: rootflags=<comma-separated-array>
 
: rootflags=subvol=root,compress,ssd
 
 
====Video and framebuffer options====
 
* ati/radeon, intel and nvidia cards will switch to KMS mode during boot.
 
  
 
===FAQ, Known Issues and limitations===
 
===FAQ, Known Issues and limitations===
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* Check also the forum threads for posted fixes and workarounds.
 
* Check also the forum threads for posted fixes and workarounds.
 
* Why screen stays blank or other weird screen issues happen?
 
* Why screen stays blank or other weird screen issues happen?
:: Some hardware doesn't like the KMS activation, use radeon.modeset=0 or i915.modeset=0 on boot prompt.
+
:: Some hardware doesn't like the KMS activation, use radeon.modeset=0, i915.modeset=0 or nouveau.modeset=0 on boot prompt.
 
* dmraid/fakeraid might be broken on some boards, support is not perfect here.  
 
* dmraid/fakeraid might be broken on some boards, support is not perfect here.  
 
:: The reason is there are so many different hardware components out there. At the moment 1.0.0rc16 is included, with latest fedora patchset, development has been stopped.
 
:: The reason is there are so many different hardware components out there. At the moment 1.0.0rc16 is included, with latest fedora patchset, development has been stopped.
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:: cfdisk is a nice tool but is too limited to be the standard partitioner anymore.
 
:: cfdisk is a nice tool but is too limited to be the standard partitioner anymore.
 
:: cfdisk is still included but has to be run in an other terminal.
 
:: cfdisk is still included but has to be run in an other terminal.
 +
 +
===History===
 +
History of old releases can be found [ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/iso/archboot/history here].
  
 
===Bugs===
 
===Bugs===
 
[https://bugs.archlinux.org Arch Linux Bugtracker]
 
[https://bugs.archlinux.org Arch Linux Bugtracker]
 +
 +
==Archboot BETA ISO Release==
 +
* Hybrid image file is provided, which only supports network installation.
 +
* Please read the according Changelog files for RAM limitations.
 +
* Please check md5sum before using it.
 +
* No beta ISO available at the moment.
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
 
* [https://projects.archlinux.org/archboot.git/ GIT repository]
 
* [https://projects.archlinux.org/archboot.git/ GIT repository]
==Restore Usbstick==
 
Take care about which device actually is your USB stick. The next command will render all data on /dev/sdX inaccessible.
 
* First, wipe the bootsector of the USB stick:
 
{{bc|1=
 
wipefs -a /dev/sdX
 
}}
 
* Then, create a new FAT32 partition on the stick and write a FAT32 filesystem on it (vfat or type b in fdisk terminology):
 
{{bc|
 
fdisk /dev/sdX <<EOF
 
n
 
p
 
1
 
 
t
 
b
 
w
 
EOF
 
 
mkdosfs -F32 /dev/sdX1
 
}}
 
 
 
==Howto: Create image files==
 
==Howto: Create image files==
 
(Quick regeneration of installation media with latest available core packages)
 
(Quick regeneration of installation media with latest available core packages)

Revision as of 12:28, 19 October 2013

What is Archboot?

  • Archboot is a set of scripts to generate bootable media for CD/USB/PXE.
  • It is designed for installation or rescue operation.
  • It only runs in RAM, without any special filesystems like squashfs, thus it is limited to the RAM which is installed in your system.

Install archboot from the official repositories.

The difference to the archiso install media

  • It provides an additional interactive setup and quickinst script.
  • It contains [core] repository on media.
  • It runs a modified Arch Linux system in initramfs.
  • It is restricted to RAM usage, everything which is not necessary like
man or info pages etc. is not provided.
  • It doesn't mount anything during boot process.
  • It supports remote installation through ssh.

Archboot ISO Releases

  • Hybrid image files and torrents are provided, which include i686/x86_64 and [core] repository,
network labeled images don't include [core] repository.
kernel: 3.11.1-2
pacman: 4.1.2
systemd: 207-5
RAM recommendations: 512 MB

Burning Release

Hybrid image file is a standard CD-burnable image and also a raw disk image.

  • Can be burned to CD(RW) media using most CD-burning utilities.
  • Can be raw-written to a drive using 'dd' or similar utilities. This method is intended for use with USB thumb drives.
'dd if=<imagefile> of=/dev/<yourdevice> bs=1M'

PXE booting / Rescue system

Download 2013.09 „2k13-R3“ needed files from the directory.

  • vmlinuz_i686 + initramfs_i686.img (i686)
  • vmlinuz_x86_64 + initramfs_x86_64.img(x86_64)
  • For PXE booting add the kernel and initrd to your tftp setup and you will get a running installation/rescue system.
  • For Rescue booting add an entry to your bootloader pointing to the kernel and initrd.

Supported boot modes of Archboot media

  • It supports BIOS booting with syslinux.
  • It supports UEFI/UEFI_CD booting with Gummiboot and EFISTUB.
  • It supports Secure Boot with prebootloader.
  • It supports grub(2)'s iso loopback support.
variables used (below for example):
iso_loop_dev=PARTUUID=XXXX
iso_loop_path=/blah/archboot.iso
menuentry "Archboot" --class iso {
loopback loop (hdX,X)/<archboot.iso>
linux (loop)/boot/vmlinuz_x86_64 iso_loop_dev=/dev/sdXX iso_loop_path=/<archboot.iso>
initrd (loop)/boot/initramfs_x86_64.img
}
  • It supports booting using syslinux's memdisk (only in BIOS mode).
menuentry "Archboot Memdisk" {
   linux16 /memdisk iso
   initrd16 hd(X,X)/<archboot.iso>
}

How to do a remote installation with ssh?

  • During boot all network interfaces will try to obtain an IP address through dhcp.
  • root password is not set by default! If you need privacy during installation set a password.
'ssh root@<yourip>'

Interactive setup features

  • Media and Network installation mode
  • Changing keymap and consolefont
  • Changing time and date
  • Setup network with netctl
  • Preparing storage disk, like auto-prepare, partitioning, GUID (gpt) support, 4k sector drive support etc.
  • Creation of software raid/raid partitions, lvm2 devices and luks encrypted devices
  • Supports standard linux,raid/raid_partitions,dmraid/fakeraid,lvm2 and encrypted devices
  • Filesystem support: ext2/3/4, btrfs, f2fs, nilfs2, reiserfs,xfs,jfs,ntfs-3g,vfat
  • Name scheme support: PARTUUID, PARTLABEL, FSUUID, FSLABEL and KERNEL
  • Mount support of grub(2) loopback and memdisk installation media
  • Package selection support
  • hwdetect script is used for preconfiguration
  • Auto/Preconfiguration of fstab, kms mode, mkinitcpio.conf, systemd, crypttab and mdadm.conf
  • Configuration of basic system files
  • Setting root password
  • grub(2) (BIOS and UEFI), refind-efi, gummiboot, syslinux (BIOS and UEFI) bootloader support

FAQ, Known Issues and limitations

  • Release specific known issues and workarounds are posted in changelog files.
  • Check also the forum threads for posted fixes and workarounds.
  • Why screen stays blank or other weird screen issues happen?
Some hardware doesn't like the KMS activation, use radeon.modeset=0, i915.modeset=0 or nouveau.modeset=0 on boot prompt.
  • dmraid/fakeraid might be broken on some boards, support is not perfect here.
The reason is there are so many different hardware components out there. At the moment 1.0.0rc16 is included, with latest fedora patchset, development has been stopped.
mdadm supports some isw and ddf fakeraid chipsets, but assembling during boot is deactivated in /etc/mdadm.conf!
  • grub2 cannot detect correct bios boot order:
It may happen that hd(x,x) entries are not correct, thus first reboot may not work.
Reason: grub cannot detect bios boot order.
Fix: Either change bios boot order or change menu.lst to correct entries after successful boot. This cannot be fixed it is a restriction in grub2!
  • Why is parted used in setup routine, instead of cfdisk in msdos partitiontable mode?
parted is the only linux partition program that can handle all type of things the setup routine offers.
cfdisk cannot handle GPT/GUID nor it can allign partitions correct with 1MB spaces for 4k sector disks.
cfdisk is a nice tool but is too limited to be the standard partitioner anymore.
cfdisk is still included but has to be run in an other terminal.

History

History of old releases can be found here.

Bugs

Arch Linux Bugtracker

Archboot BETA ISO Release

  • Hybrid image file is provided, which only supports network installation.
  • Please read the according Changelog files for RAM limitations.
  • Please check md5sum before using it.
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Howto: Create image files

(Quick regeneration of installation media with latest available core packages)

Requirements

  • x86_64 architecture
  • ~ 3GB free space on disk

Create archboot chroots

# install archboot
pacman -S archboot
mkdir <x86_64_chroot>
pacman --root "<x86_64_chroot>" -S base --noconfirm --noprogressbar
mkdir <i686_chroot>
linux32 pacman --root "<i686_chroot>" -S base --noconfirm --noprogressbar
  • Enter archboot x86_64 container:
systemd-nspawn --capability=CAP_MKNOD -M $1-$(uname -m) -D <x86_64_chroot>
  • Enter archboot i686 container:
linux32 systemd-nspawn --capability=CAP_MKNOD -M $1-$(uname -m) -D <i686_chroot>

Install archboot and update to latest packages

# install in both chroots archboot:
pacman -S archboot
# update in both chroots to latest available packages
pacman -Syu

Generate images

# run in both chroots (needs quite some time ...)
archboot-allinone.sh -t
# put the generated tarballs in one directory and run (needs quite some time ...)
archboot-allinone.sh -g
  • Finished you get a bunch of images.

Have fun! tpowa (Archboot Developer)