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by Andrea Giammarchi - @WebReflection
archibold.io is a zero hassle Arch Linux installer and a
Bash based utility belt.
Previously a one-shot GNOME on Arch Linux automatic installation procedure,
archibold has evolved into a fully GitHub hosted Open Source service based on
Inspired by CommonJS, it is possible to
require archibold utilities in a similar fashion.
# archibold.io/require to access utilities source <(curl -s https://archibold.io/require) # at this point, all utilities and install # will be available via require require echomd require server # utilities are instantly available echomd '*Browse* this project via *http://localhost:8000/*' server
Configuring software can be tedious and verbose. Here archibold can help as well.
# install Chromium, Widevine and Pepperflash bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/install/chromium) # install pakku (or pamac, or yay, or yaourt) bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/install/pakku)
There is a little helper that performs the most basic AUR operations to install a package.
# install the utility bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/install/aur) # or use it as one-off source <(curl -s https://archibold.io/utils/aur) # install pakku (or pamac, or yay, or yaourt) aur pakku
I strongly suggest to consider EndeavourOS installer, which is far more user friendly than anything archibold will ever be.
Finally, the original achievement of archibold has been improved all over.
It is now possible to simply type the following:
# install from scratch Arch Linux bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/get)
After you've booted Arch Linux through its image, the command will start installing Arch Linux from the scratch in such machine or, in case you are already running Arch Linux, into an SD card or USB one.
Remember, a fresh install will format and erase the target disk: choose the right one.
Read the How To to know even more.
You can read a quick How To at any time through the helper.
# read the helper bash <(curl -Ls https://archibold.io/help)
Please note the
-Ls curl's flags, needed to follow redirects.
As very first step, we need a bootable version of ArchLinux iso through USB stick or DVD.
We can learn how to burn it in the dedicated page.
Following the Linux/Mac summary where
/dev/sdX is the USB path.
# just bs=4M in Linux, older OSX has no M option dd if=~/Downloads/archlinux-2015.02.01-dual.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4194304
Please note it might take 5 minutes or more to complete above operation, be patient.
dd has finished, we can use the USB stick from any USB port of the target machine.
Some target might require some extra step and it depends on the bios.
Usually keeping pressed Esc, F2, F10, or F12 during boot should help reaching the boot menu.
The boot option we are interested about is the UEFI ArchLinux one.
If everything goes OK, we should bootstrap into a terminal/console.
As extra requirement the target machine will need to be connected to the Internet.
The preferred connection type is via network cable, but we could use WiFi too.
However, WiFi initial configuration is a bit more advanced, I can give a hint thought:
Recent ArchLinux installer does not offer
wifi-menu but iwctl instead.
# verify wifi path iw dev # or ip addr # wifi path will look similar to wlp2s0 # use such name after wifi-menu wifi-menu wlp2s0 # choose your WiFi network and enter password # verify you are connected ping 184.108.40.206 # PING 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168) 56(84) bytes of data. # 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=8.15 ms # 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=9.36 ms # 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=7.92 ms # ... # press Ctrl+C to stop the ping # if not, try to start the service manually #> netctl start wlp2s0-YourWiFi-NAME
Once we have a usable network, we can use the installer.
bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/get)
Follow instructions and you'll be ready in 10 minutes.
Following a list of known gotchas that could make archibold journey not so nice.
# to install sudo for your generic user # bash <(curl -s https://archibold.io/install/sudo) # to update everything in the system sudo pacman -Syu # to search a specific package online sudo pacman -Ss package-name # to install a specific package sudo pacman -S package-name # to install a specific package # without reinstalling it or its dependencies sudo pacman -S --needed package-name # to know if a package is installed or search one locally sudo pacman -Qs package-name # to remove a package and its dependencies sudo pacman -Rsc package-name # to clean old packages cache sudo pacman -Sc
If after an update your system doesn't boot anymore, try switching to systemd-boot instead, like latest archibold does too. Simply start your PC through an ArchLinux ISO and type the following to fix your boot.
bash <(curl -s archibold.io/install/bootfix)