User:Klapmuetz/Install on windows by CoLinux

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Arch and coLinux

The previous 0.7.x Arch Linux image can't workable, because Arch Linux changed the repository name from 'current' to 'core'. I've build a new image for CoLinux. All you need to do is download the co.7z batch file. ref: .

Install method:

co arch 1 

Daily usage:

co arch

Or, you can download the images directly from

The image build steps (for expert users)

Using Remote Arch Linux Install and an existing Debian image I built a Arch Linux 0.8.0 base ext3 filesystem. I put the method to build Arch Linux image here. (The newest version have put in co.7z) (Note: arch.cmd is the same as co.cmd which contains in co.7z)

Build Arch Linux on Colinux From Debian

  • colinux 0.8.0 (devel-coLinux-20080120.exe)
  • archlinux 2007.08-2 (Archlinux-i686-2007.08-2.ftp.iso)
  • Debian 4.0r0 (Debian-4.0r0-etch.ext3.1gb)

1. Download required files

PS. This step could complete by following command.(wget & 7-zip required)

arch.cmd deb 1	  

2. Get newarch script


Use copy & paste method to create pacman.conf, newarch in c:\colinux (Must be unix line feed format)

3. Run dabian system and mount windows c:\colinux directory as /mnt/win

Run deb.cmd under windows cmd window

C:> arch.cmd deb
apt-get install wget
mkdir -p /mnt/win /mnt/arch
mount -t cofs cofs1:/ /mnt/win
cd /mnt/win/colinux/
# arch.fs is thd file downloaded from
# mke2fs -j arch.fs  # using ext3 format, if the arch.fs is not formated by ext3
mount -o loop arch.fs /mnt/arch/
./newarch  # answer y, y, n (don't need to make tar.gz file)

4. Using the new arch.fs to boot

Copy deb.cmd to arch.cmd and change every word DEB to ARCH, deb to arch.

colinux-daemon -t nt kernel=vmlinux mem=%MEM% initrd=initrd.gz hda1=arch.fs hda2=arch.swap cofs1=c:\ root=/dev/hda1 eth0=slirp,,tcp:22:22/tcp:5000:5000

Run arch.cmd under windows cmd window

C:> arch.cmd arch

Under colinux box:

# nano -w /etc/rc.conf

Change the 'eth0' line as following:


To access the network via slirp's dhcp method:

# /etc/rc.d/network restart

5. Modify fstab

# mkdir -p /mnt/win
# vi /etc/fstab

Append the following lines:

/dev/hda1      /        ext3     noatime         1       1
/dev/hda2      none     swap     defaults        0       0
cofs1:/	       /mnt/win cofs     noauto          0       0

Here we let /dev/hda1 do auto fsck that may cause first time boot fail. But, just continue, and try booting again, it will success.

Build minial image (optional)

1. Reduce the disk usage in fs.from by removing useless packages

1.1 Boot from arch.fs

1.2 Try to remove most BASE packages

mkdir /mnt/win
mount -t cofs cofs1:/ /mnt/win
cd /mnt/win/colinux
# edit reqpkg.txt if some dependency failed

1.3 Power off

2. Boot from debian, copy arch.fs to arch_to.fs

2.1 In windows create new empty file system as arch_to.fs

2.2 In debian box:

mkdir -p /mnt/arch /mnt/arch_to
cd /mnt/win/colinux
mount -o loop arch.fs /mnt/arch

 mount -o loop arch_to.fs /mnt/arch_to

./  # remove some log files in arch.fs
cp -rdp /mnt/arch/* /mnt/arch_to