I am trying to install archlinux 0.7 on a loopback device, pointing to a file on a vfat partition.
Unfortunately, I can not access vfat partitions from within installation, because there arent't any nls modules as add-ons included. One can do modprobe fat and vfat, but mount -t vfat gives a 'codepage 437 not found' error. (codepage 437 is default for vfat)
It would really be nice to see fs/nls modules included... i even tried to grab nls_cp437 from kernel-xxx.tar.bz2 package, but that didn't work either - installer uses different kernel version, obviously.
Did you load the modulepack during installation? When you boot the Arch CD, the last (or first, depends on how you look at it ) message you see is the command to load the extra modules. Something like
Maybe the modules are available once the disk is loaded? I can't test it, I don't have an Arch CD lying around.
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Yes, I tried fs.img as well.