Talk:Installing Arch Linux on a USB key

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Before creating the initial RAM disk (mkinitcpio)

The correct custom configuration of the initial RAM disk is a step that very few users of arch need to do so is a thing that needs to be highlighted for this use case. Also the placement of this information in Installation tweaks makes it appear that is optional so i think that it will be better if the information is moved to configuration.

Monty programador (talk) 22:15, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

I/O errors

I am experiencing serius I/O errors after suspending / resuming with arch on a usb key. These issues have been described in several bugreports:

I tried following the steps in

but to no avail. The usb persist feature was already activated on my USB deve but I/O errors kept coming on resume

I also found this post in ubuntuforums

which explains the issue as follows

"...during resume there will be a race between the USB system on one hand trying to detect media and syslog on the other hand trying to write log messages from suspend and resume to disk.

If syslog happens to attempt a write before the USB device has been detected ext4 gets an error, which for some reason isn't handled cleanly and eventually the file system will need fsck to be run manually."

The author suggest patching the kernel to give kernel threads a head start on resume. Intuitively, I feel there must be an easier way!

—This unsigned comment is by A1runa (talk) 20:37, 30 November 2015‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Not suitable USB sticks

Samsung Slim Fit

Better not run Arch Linux from Samsung FIT Flash Drives. In my case this Samsung flash drive starts having I/O read errors 6 months after the installation of a command-line only Arch on BTRFS. This setup was used for BASH script development (low I/O activity) during 1 month.

The I/O errors are like:

scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Samsung  Flash Drive FIT  1100 PQ: 0 ANSI: 6
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 62652416 512-byte logical blocks: (32.1 GB/29.9 GiB)
usb 2-1: Disable of device-initiated U1 failed.
usb 2-1: Disable of device-initiated U2 failed.
usb 2-1: USB disconnect, device number 2.
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Synchronizing SCSI cache
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_NO_CONNECT driverbyte=DRIVER_OK
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 02 00 00 02 00 00
print_req_error: I/O error, dev sda, sector: 512
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Synchronize Cache(10) failed: Result: hostbyte=DID_NO_CONNECT driverbyte=DRIVER_OK
Buffer I/O error on dev sda, logical block 64, async page read

After ddrescue to backup, destructive badblocks and a ddrescue to restore, all I/O errors are gone.