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After a successfull download, this geek wannabe accidentally (stupidly I should say) erased my windows partition. I was excited to make my set-up but was surprised to see that the system of installation was quite different from all the distros I have tried.
Arch does not offer a graphical installer, but rather, uses an ncurses-based install, relying more on the user for manual configuration.
Anyway, the sadder part is that I was not able to continue with my arch installation since I had a sort of "culture shock" seeing that I have to make some choice upon setting up. Its very dangerous to choose from things that I don't really understand. Things can happen like ....delete a whole partition accidentally
Anyway, if it would be possible, may I ask for some help on how to set-up my arch?
I know its gonna be difficult. Short of spoon feeding. But just in case, if somebody can make time, I would really appreciate it. Now I plan to do it first inside my VirtualBox. Just to protect myself from myself
Thanks a lot, cheers!nujinini
Linux User #489667
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
I recommend setting up your partitions first using Parted Magic or other Live CD that includes Gparted.
If you do that, during the Arch install, simply select Prepare Hard Drive -> Set Filesystem Mountpoints. It will prompt you for which partition to mount Swap and Root to, and then any others you can select manually. If you do not have a separate /home partition, all you need is root and swap.
Here is a youtube video walkthrough of the installation.
- Join Date
- May 2008
Don't get discouraged. This Linux Newbie just successfully installed Arch on the second attempt. It will take a little work to perfect it. Been using Ubuntu for three years, I am sure that experience helped.
I recognize name of one of the other posters. And he was a help to me a few days ago. It took a second read of the Beginners Manual before I got the hang of it. Arch is a great learning experience.
As previous posters have said ... follow the beginners guide and things should be OK, and using PartedMagic for setting up partitions makes things easy.
I think I mentioned this in a different post, but if you can, have the Beginner's Guide handy during the installation.
Easiest if you have a second laptop next to you during the install. Or printed copy, but it's somewhat long. Or worst case, during the install, you can switch to a different virtual console (CTRL+ALT+F2), and use a text browser like elinks to look at the Beginner's Guide. (Switch back with CTRL+ALT+F1) I can't recall if the installation CD has a text browser on it, but I think it has lynx. If not you can install one to the live environment withCode:
pacman -Sy elinks
I tried again earlier but it seems really very challenging so I had to stop lest I mess up again. I'll get hold of my son's old laptop later when he sleeps and give it another try.
Honestly, the line from the song of Frank Sinatra "..when I bit off more than I could chew" also comes into my mind whenever I try to install Arch. Makes me smile though. My guru friend said its really like that with source based OS. Anyway, if I can succeed here, I think this would be a good experience also. And then I can say in the end..."I did it my way...." Hehehe
Just trying to lighten my frustrationnujinini
Linux User #489667