Talk:Installation guide

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  • The point of this page is to be a concise checklist of things to be done. Detailed instructions, if they are not specific to the installation process only, belong in wiki articles or upstream documentation describing the respective topics.
  • Should you have more complex changes for this guide in mind, create a copy on your user page, and link it here for review; e.g. User:Example/Installation guide.
  • systemd tools such as hostnamectl, timedatectl and localectl do not work in the installation chroot environment, so please do not propose to use them in the guide unless you can prove that they have been made to work also in that case. See [1], [2], [3] and [4] for some past discussions about this issue.
  • localectl list-keymaps does not work due to bug FS#46725. For the chosen replacement command, see [5].

-- The ArchWiki Administrators 22:17, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

pacman-key --populate

[Moved from Talk:Beginners' guide. -- Alad (talk) 20:38, 12 July 2016 (UTC)]

Reference: I tried to install Archlinux on my new computer and got stuck. Only using the pacman-key --populate archlinux helped me. I think I am not the only one having this problem. But why did you undo it? —This unsigned comment is by Sandstorm (talk) 20:38, 12 December 2015‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

This command is already run for the new system (by installation of archlinux-keyring), so running it by hand shouldn't be required for most users. Of course, things can go wrong (how old was the ISO you used to install the system?), but that belongs in Troubleshooting sections of the respective articles, which are linked at the beginning of the guide. -- Alad (talk) 19:52, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
I had downloaded the ISO just yesterday, minutes before the install. Only that command installed the keys. Probably I should open a bug if you can confirm the issue?
Did you have to run pacman-key after, or before pacstrap? And do you recall what the error messages said exactly? (See also FS#31286) -- Alad (talk) 20:15, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
I had to run after pacstrap. As far as I remember, pacstrap stopped after trying to download the keys. The error message was something like shown in this forum post:
Well then, as you suggested, I'd open a bug report. -- Alad (talk) 20:34, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
Done. Could you check if the description is good. I could not find an appropriate category, so I though Packages:Core might be the closest one. --Sandstorm (talk) 20:48, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, the description looks OK. If the category e.a is not right, User:Scimmia should fix it. :P -- Alad (talk) 13:59, 13 December 2015 (UTC)
Hmm, looks like it was closed with "Works for me" ... not very enlightening. All I can suggest is to further improve on Pacman/Package signing and related articles, and recheck if they're accessible enough from the Beginners' guide. -- Alad (talk) 21:59, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Switch to systemd-networkd

Next ISOs may use systemd-networkd instead of dhcpcd, see [6] -- Alad (talk) 10:26, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Wireless Configuration

The advice for wireless network setup to refer to the wireless networking page in the Wiki could present a new user with a significant hurdle to overcome. The ARCH ISO contains wifi-menu, which should be sufficient for most purposes to establish a wireless network conneciton. I propose that informaton be added to the networking section at the start of the page stating:

For wireless connections, iw(8), wpa_supplicant(8) and netctl are available. See Wireless network configuration. The ARCH ISO makes wifi-menu available. The wifi-menu programme should be sufficiently powerful for most users to establish a connection to a known WiFi network. —This unsigned comment is by Deggy (talk) 11:49, 18 October 2016‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

My eventual plan is to propose a man page for wifi_menu, then we can just link to that one instead of netctl. -- Alad (talk) 10:32, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
That would be great, I'd try to help; welcome to drop me a note about it. In the meantime I'd be +1 to Deggy's suggestion. Simplest way for new Archers, most of them will be used to a distro automatically enabling a network tool. Likewise, a simple sentence above it ala "see dhcpcd#Running for a quick start and Network configuration for free choice." would make it simpler for those wired users. --Indigo (talk) 10:33, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. Though I disagree on another link to dhcpcd in Installation_guide#Network_configuration; attentive users will have noticed that it is the method used in the installation environment, and Installation_guide#Configure_the_system specifically avoids recommending particular software choices for the new system (due to endless bickering in our user base on what's "best" or "recommended").
Regarding wifi-menu, its usage is poorly covered even in the netctl article (Netctl#Wireless_.28WPA-PSK.29 doesn't even mention how to select an interface) so that, or said man page, should be fixed first in my view. -- Alad (talk) 22:38, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
[7] Well, in this case "The dhcpcd daemon is enabled on boot for wired devices,.." should be changed to "On the installation image the dhcpcd daemon is enabled on boot for wired devices,...", because the crosslink helps a new user more than the udev rule and it currently suggests a non-existent default. Likewise, Installation guide#Network configuration should clarify it again with "The newly installed environment has no network connection activated per default. See Network configuration to configure one." --Indigo (talk) 00:00, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
Sounds reasonable and would also strike off one point in #Notes. :) I think the link to the udev rule is still useful though, perhaps suitable for the wired word. -- Alad (talk) 02:13, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
[8] @Deggy: Your suggestion not fully picked up yet, but for now wifi-menu is directly mentioned behind the netctl link. --Indigo (talk) 18:01, 19 March 2017 (UTC)


The configuration template file supplied by the glibc package has changed from /etc/locale.conf to /etc/locale.gen, the guide references the old file and that is no longer present in a fresh installation.

Head on a Stick (talk) 18:20, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

EDIT: Never mind, a misunderstanding on my part, sorry!

Feel free to delete this. Head on a Stick (talk) 18:52, 21 October 2017 (UTC)