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Summary help replacing me
A guide to getting Arch Linux to run on a sparc machine.
Note: Currently there is no SPArch installation media so you must follow steps along the lines of Install_from_Existing_Linux. Note also that there are not many repositories currently, and they don't have many packages.

Installing pacman on your host system

First you need to get pacman:

$ wget http://dcampbell.info/archlinux/core/os/sparc64/pacman-3.4.1-1-sparc64.pkg.tar.gz

If you don't mind littering your root, you can install pacman this way:

# cd /
# tar xzf /where/put/pacman-3.4.1-1-sparc64.pkg.tar.gz

Once you have pacman on your host system, you will need to edit pacman.conf. Tell pacman to use one of the SPArch package repositories.

# vim /etc/pacman.conf
[core]
Server = http://dcampbell.info/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch/
[extra]
Server = http://dcampbell.info/archlinux/$repo/os/$arch/

In order for pacman to work, you may also need to first install some other packages. In Debian testing, I had to install xz-utils and libarchive-dev. I then had to install libfetch and openssl from the SPArch repository

$ wget http://dcampbell.info/archlinux/core/os/sparc64/openssl-1.0.0.a-3-sparc64.pkg.tar.gz
$ wget http://dcampbell.info/archlinux/core/os/sparc64/libfetch-2.33-1-sparc64.pkg.tar.gz
$ cd /
# tar xzf /path/to/openssl
# tar xzf /path/to/libfetch

Setting up a chroot

For this section follow the directions on Install_from_Existing_Linux.

Building a bootable base system

Sharing your packages with others

We need to figure out how to maintain the sparc repositories so that we can spread out the work of keeping a working set packages available to others. --DaveKong 01:47, 8 November 2010 (EST)

Packages needed for a base system (sparc64)

Below are packages that have not been added to a SPArch repository yet:

base:

  • attr
  • bash
  • binutils
  • bzip2
  • coreutils
  • cryptsetup
  • dash
  • dcron
  • device-mapper
  • dhcpcd
  • diffutils
  • e2fsprogs
  • file
  • filesystem
  • findutils
  • gawk
  • gcc-libs
  • gen-init-cpio
  • gettext
  • glibc
  • grep
  • grub
  • gzip
  • initscripts
  • iputils
  • jfsutils
  • kernel26
  • less
  • libusb
  • licenses
  • logrotate
  • lzo2
  • mailx
  • man-db
  • man-pages
  • mdadm
  • net
  • pacman
  • pam
  • pciutils
  • pcmciautils
  • perl
  • ppp
  • procps
  • psmisc
  • reiserfsprogs
  • rp-pppoe
  • sed
  • shadow
  • sysfsutils
  • syslog-ng
  • sysvinit
  • tar
  • tcp_wrappers
  • texinfo
  • udev
  • usbutils
  • util-linux-ng
  • vi
  • wget
  • which
  • wpa_supplicant
  • xfsprogs

base-devel:

  • autoconf
  • automake
  • bison
  • fakeroot
  • flex
  • gcc
  • libtool
  • m4
  • make
  • patch
  • pkg-config