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#1 2024-05-15 19:56:13

Retr0r0cket
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From: Sol III
Registered: 2021-11-24
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Install Image Growing Size

When going to reinstall arch, I downloaded the newest ISO as per normal. It turns out it's now a 1.1 GB ISO file which is too large for my USB drive (1.06 GB). While I understand that my USB drive is rather small capacity wise, it does highlight the fact that over the past 2-3 years the installer ISO size has gotten around 30% larger. Might be worth trying to slim it down (I'd be willing to help)

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#2 2024-05-16 13:27:19

Awebb
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Registered: 2010-05-06
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Re: Install Image Growing Size

1. https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Archiso
2. Use pacstrap/arch-chroot from an existing Arch to install Arch to the USB stick and only install what you really need. Don't forget extra/arch-install-scripts, it contains the installer utilities.

Also search the board for "iso size" and only search topics. You'll find plenty, albeit old, threads.

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#3 2024-05-16 16:54:01

Retr0r0cket
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Re: Install Image Growing Size

I know how to create a custom Archiso, but it's my opinion that if arch's entire philosophy is KISS, then that means the installer probably shouldn't be growing in size/scope. By that point may as well just add ZFS support

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#4 Yesterday 05:12:49

Awebb
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Re: Install Image Growing Size

KISS... What exactly is the right size for the ISO and why? Anything beyond "my stick is too small"? I understood the problem when CD-Rs were still a thing and the image grew over 700 MB, but I just had to search for a way to buy a USB stick smaller than 2 GB.

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