My first post to the forum after playing the Arch for a few days. I'm getting things the way I want them - thanks for a great distro. Five years ago I first started using Linux as my OS with SuSE, then Mandrake, Slackware and now Yoper so I'm not really a "distro tart" though I've toyed with Gentoo, Debian, Knoppix, Linspire, Slax, Red Hat ... the list goes on.
I searched the Wiki and forums but haven't found the installation method I use because I don't have a CD writer. It works for Arch (hell, it even worked for Linspire):
You need one more spare partition bigger than the arch CD iso. Here I'm logged in as root and am using "/dev/hda12" which happens to be 6GB.
1) Copy the iso to the spare partition:
dd if=arch-0.7-beta2-base.iso of=/dev/hda12
2) Mount the partition somewhere (you can use option -tiso9660 but mount should work it out):
mkdir /mnt/archCD mount /dev/hda12 /mnt/archCD
3) I don't use grub but this works for lilo. Edit lilo.conf and add:
image=/mnt/archCD/isolinux/vmlinuz label=archCD initrd=/mnt/archCD/isolinux/initrd.img append="root=/dev/rd/0 BOOTMEDIA=cd"
then don't forget to run:
4) Reboot and select archCD, when the installer asks if you're using CD or SRC, you can hop out to another shell and:
mount -tiso9660 /dev/discs/disc0/part12 /src
then hop back and install from hard drive.
Sorry if this has been posted somewhere I didn't spot but since Arch is meant to be fast it can't hurt highlighting a faster install process - no CD burning or reading, no making boot floppies.
Thanks a lot!
I had aldready downloaded and burnt 0.6 extra but somebody suggested I update to 0.7. Using your method I saved myself a CD as well as time. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes to install (including partitioning, configuring, installing package, etc). The copy of the files itself took barely a few seconds