I'm new to Arch and reading several good reviews I just want to give it a try!
1. First, I want to install it on a pretty old laptop:
* CPU: Intel Celeron 1133MHz
* Mem: 128MB
* HD: 40008MB
Do you think Arch will run fluid?
2. Second, while trying to install Arch I faced with the "no space left on device" during packages installation
Here below are the installation steps (at the end there the error):
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1. Boot/Install from Core CD
2. Logged in as root
3. Changed keyword (km) and timezone (tz)
4. Run /arch/setup
5. Enter the "cfdisk" hard disk partition mode: available disks "/dev/sda 40008MB"
5.1 Created new partitions:
sda1 Boot Primary Linux 4096.19 MB
sda2 Primary Linux swap 254.99 MB
sda3 Primary Linux 35656.59 MB
5.2 Written the partitions and Quit from cfdisk
6. Set Filesystem Mountpoints:
6.1 Set mount points:
6.2 Quit with answer Yes (=> Partition were successfully created)
7. Returned to main menu
8. Enter the Select packages menu
8.1 Don't use the cache for pacman (the default)
8.2 Selected "base-devel" (the only category available)
8.3 No additional packages selected
8.4 Exit from the menu
9. Enter the Install packages menu
9.1 Don't use the cache for pacman (the default)
9.2 In a while the following err0r message appears:
blah blah blah (packages names)
Beginning update process...
warning: couldn't create package cache, using /tmp instead
:: Retrieving packages from core...
error: failed to commit transaction (unexpected error)
/arch/setup: line 823: echo write error: No space left on device
/arch/setup: line 824: echo write error: No space left on device
/arch/setup: line 826: [: : integer expression expected
/arch/setup: line 829: echo write error: No space left on device
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Does anyone have an idea of where I'm wrong?!
Thank you very much!!
I think the memory requirements state '160MB' - maybe you could try a larger swap-partition (and a smaller boot-partition: you won't need anything more than 500MB...)
/EDIT: now I see. I always make a separate boot-partition (EXT2, ca. 500MB). You just separated / and /home...
Last edited by zenlord (2008-08-28 10:28:09)
The problem is your RAM. The whole livecd environment runs in memory (run 'free' to check how much is in use) and as all packages you selected (~135 MB) get copied to /tmp which also is in memory, it's simply not enough.
Thank you very much for the help
I've just run "free" after selecting packages and before installing them:
(sizes are in MB):
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 114 112 2 0 3 62
-/+ buffer cache: 47 67
Swap: 243 59 183
The free mem is very low. So I think I'm unable to install Arch ((
OT: anyone can address me to very very very lightweighted distro suitable for my laptot. I've read about Damn Small Linux...
Another choice is Minix but doesn't support ext2/ext3 filesystems (I need them to exchange some data with other computers)
Thank you very much!!
Wasn't there a lowmem-option which would allow installation with 96MB RAM?
Ive found a post talking about the lowmem boot option:
but I didn't find any mention in the [installation|beginner] guides.
Further, supposing lowmem let me install Arch, will Arch be reasonably usable on my old 128MB guy?!
Just tried to add "lowmem" parameter.
Unfortunately I get the same error
I would start with an older Arch ISO that requires less memory (like version 2007.x) and boot it with the lowmem option. After your arch install, you can just pacman -Syu to the latest packages.
EDIT: And I would suggest you use a lighter DE than KDE or GNOME, such as XFCE or Fluxbox, so that your system runs smoothly.
Last edited by kclive18 (2008-08-29 17:41:22)
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