Talk:Installation guide

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Page purpose

As Falconindy said:

point of this page is to not become another Beginner's guide. It's meant to be a concise checklist of things to be done.

So detailed install instruction should go to Beginners' Guide. See also discussion about changes to Beginners guide. -- Fengchao (talk) 04:44, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Maybe this section should be moved to the main article to make it clear. --PMay (talk)

Change Install and configure to Install a bootloader

In step 6 should it read Install a bootloader instead of Install and configure? Configuration should be made once in chroot. At least that's the case with syslinux. The command /usr/sbin/syslinux-install_update -iam should be issued from within chroot to succeed. --Maevius (talk) 07:33, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Grub2 configuration

I took the liberty and edited the whole page. If someone could write a line or two about grub2 configuration that'd be great. --Maevius (talk) 09:10, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your contribution, but the point of this page is to not become another Beginner's guide. It's meant to be a concise checklist of things to be done. Falconindy (talk) 13:33, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I thought about that... What if we moved it in its current state somewhere else and then revert this one as it were before?--Maevius (talk) 18:28, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

need to load Grub again or not

Just wanted to check, grub is loaded as part of base packages so there is no need to load it again. Simply install syslinux or configure grub. Mr Green 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Configure the bootloader

From the section Configure the bootloader in Configure the system: Shouldn't you edit the syslinux.cfg to point to the right / (root) partition? Or why don't we just put a link to the corresponding section of the syslinux page there? Guelfi (talk) 09:18, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

  • I'd rather get rid of the mentions of configuring separately. It's weird. Why isn't the installation section sufficient? Falconindy (talk) 12:05, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
  • I have edited it as Guelfi Suggested. Here is an example showing that Guelfi is right. --Kaurin (talk) 01:52, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

GRUB2 Installation

I moved GRUB2 installation after chroot. Otherwise it doesn't work. grub-bios is in /mnt, so we need to tell grub-install about it. But arch iso has grub 0.97, and installation - 2.00, so iso's grub doesn't understand installation's files. --Shuk (talk) 11:42, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

grub install failure

This doesn't work for me.

It looks so similar to the Beginners' Guide as to be almost redundant, but the first subtle difference I came across meant (for me) that this procedure failed where the Beginners' Guide succeeded.

Under "GRUB" you have:

"Install GRUB2 to the harddrive containing your boot partition before you chroot."

  # grub-install /dev/sda

doing so returns:

"Path /boot/grub is not readable by GRUB on boot. Installation is impossible. Aborting."

In the Beginners' Guide, this step takes place after chrooting, which (for me) works ok, (although the wording - "Install GRUB2 to the harddrive containing your boot partition before you chroot" - is the same, so I guess both wiki entries are at fault). --bananabrain

Link Elinks to wiki

Just read that elinks is included on install iso, maybe add an alias/script to allow loading of wiki guide installation guide? --Mr Green

Check MD5 with windoes

Maybe we should add a link to - so people know how to check the MD5 with windows. I would add it myself but the page is locked for edit :-( . --PMay (talk)

Please remove the edit lock.

Can you please remove the edit lock? --PMay (talk) 09:36, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

The method to set locale

The documentation sais to set the locale by:

  • Set locale preferences in /etc/locale.conf.

The documentation at locale sais that the locale can also be set at /etc/rc.conf. This is confusing and should be clarified. --PMay (talk)

Mention the other config files

The old installation guide said something about editing the other config files:

  • /etc/rc.conf
  • /etc/fstab
  • /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
  • /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf
  • /etc/resolv.conf
  • /etc/hosts
  • /etc/locale.gen
  • /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
  • /etc/pacman.conf
  • /etc/crypttab

This guide does not even mention /etc/rc.conf which is one of the central config files of archlinux. That should be added. --PMay (talk)

Well I saw this: Beginners'_Guide#Configure_system so /etc/rc.conf isnot the official way to configure the system anymore... --PMay (talk)
True, but some clarification somewhere about exactly which bits of rc.conf are still necessary and which have been superceded (and by what) would be useful. So far it seems like just the first six lines of the LOCALIZATION section and the HOSTNAME line from the networking section. I'm still slightly in the dark here, but getting there. --bananabrain