Okay, um... I don't really get it, cuz apparently the files work for plenty of other people, but... I dunno.
Alright, so I downloaded the USB Thumb Stick file (arch-2008.06-ftp-i686.img AND arch-2008.06-core-i686.img) and all I'm trying to do is BROWSE it so I can pull some files off it and put them on my already-created GRUB-loaded USB Thumb Stick. Basically I already have a bootable USB thumb drive that I have a handful of different net-installers for various Linux distros, and they all work without a problem thus far. I managed to successfully get the ISO version of the Arch-Linux installer copied to the thumb drive and I was able to boot it and whatnot, but apparently it checks for installation media from an actual CD-ROM, and since that isn't present (since I'm installing via USB), I have to find another route.
So I'm trying to use the IMG Files that have been provided, but every single program I attempt to open it with on my OS X 10.5.4 system generates a "No Mountable File Systems" or an "Unrecognized Filesystem" error. I've tried DDing the file directly to a second thumb-stick so I could try and browse the contents after the dump, but it renders the thumbstick unrecognizable as well. I've tried burning it to a disk, I've tried opening it with Stuffit, I've tried opening it on a co-worker's MacBook, and I keep getting the same errors.
I understand this may be a corruption in JUST that specific file, but it's not just one file, it's every single version of it - I've got 10 different copies of the ftp-i686.img all from different mirrors, and a couple different core-i686.dmg copies, and they all yield me the same error. However, everyone else seems to have had no problem running this file in the past and a search on the forums isn't turning me up any information on this issue.
Can anyone try downloading the file and verifying that it will open in OS X?
The .img file contains an MBR, a partition table and an Ext2 filesystem. You can't mount that directly. Have a look at mkusbimg in http://projects.archlinux.org/?p=archiso.git;a=tree to see how it's being created. I didn't test it, but the -o (offset) option from losetup looks like it could help.
Last edited by byte (2008-08-27 08:51:45)
...I DD'd the .IMG file directly to another thumb drive I dug up and it boots up and does everything as needed. Everything's great.
So now I just gotta figure out how to extract those files out of the .IMG, but in the meantime, at least I can install the software. I'll figure the first one out on my own.