Install on WSL
Windows 10 has a subsystem that emulates the Linux kernel interface to allow ordinary Linux applications to run. It is somewhat like the opposite of Wine, but at a lower level. By default it comes with Ubuntu user space, but that can be replaced with Arch. To get it working properly you will require access to an existing Arch installation to build some packages. These instructions are based on this guide.
> lxrun /uninstall /full /y
If you are running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or later, enable "Windows Subsystem for Linux" in Turn Windows features on or off.
If you are on the Anniversary Update or Creators Update, follow the instructions here to enable it.
Install Ubuntu from the Windows Store.
Start Ubuntu from the Start Menu.
Make sure the Default user is root:
$ ubuntu config --default-user root
Download an Arch bootstrap .tar.gz from Arch Linux Downloads, and extract it:
$ tar -zxvf /mnt/c/Users/username/Downloads/archlinux-bootstrap-version.tar.gz
Uncomment a server in
Make WSL autogenerate
$ echo "# This file was automatically generated by WSL. To stop automatic generation of this file, remove this line." > ~/root.x86_64/etc/resolv.conf
Exit all bash prompts you have open.
In the Windows explorer, navigate to
%localappdata%\Packages and look for a folder called
CanonicalGroupLimited.UbuntuonWindows_* where the asterisk is a random string.
Now move (do not copy) the same folders from
Using a Linux computer build
--nocheck can be used with
makepkg to skip a very time-consuming test suite when building AUR.
Then copy the packages to your Windows PC. glibc-wsl has a workaround for this bug, and fakeroot-tcp is necessary until System V IPC is fully implemented (see here). This step will be unnecessary when those bugs are fixed.
Open bash again, and setup Arch:
# pacman-key --init # pacman-key --populate archlinux # pacman -U /mnt/c/Users/username/Downloads/glibc-wsl-2.25-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz # pacman -U /mnt/c/Users/username/Downloads/fakeroot-tcp-1.21-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz # pacman -Syyu base base-devel
Set up a user (does not have to be the same as your Windows username):
# useradd -m -G wheel -s /bin/bash username # passwd root # passwd username
Set the user as the default by running the following in a Windows command prompt:
ubuntu config --default-user username
> lxrun /setdefaultuser username