Installing Arch Linux from VirtualBox
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This HOWTO will guide you through the process of installing Archlinux on a raw disk using VirtualBox.
This is useful for example in case you want to work with the computer while installing.
Step 1: Install VirtualBox
See the detailed article VirtualBox for installation instructions. You have to install the PUEL edition.
Step 2: Creating a raw disk .vmdk image
In order to use a raw disk in VirtualBox, you must have write rights for the device. There are two ways to achieve this: either by directly changing the access rights of the device or by adding your user to the disk group. The latter way is preferred. To do this, run:
# gpasswd -a user disk
To apply the new group settings, you have to log out and log in again.
Now you must create a special .vmdk virtual machine disk file, so VirtualBox will save the data to a raw disk instead of the file. Let the file be saved in your user's VirtualBox directory, named raw.vmdk. You'll create it using this command:
$ VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /home/user/.VirtualBox/VDI/raw.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sdb -register
Where user is your user name and /dev/sdb is the device you want to install Archlinux on.
For more information on using raw host disks, see the VirtualBox user manual.
Step 3: Download the Archlinux install image
If you have a working Internet connection on your host machine, which you probably do, you should download the FTP ISO image. Otherwise download the core image. To obtain the image, go to: http://archlinux.org/download/
Step 4: Creating a virtual machine
- Load the raw .vmdk image,
- load the ISO image,
Step 5: Booting the virtual machine
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