So I decided I wanted to try my hand at an Arch linux install.
I just finished up and it mostly worked. I skipped networking though so I will have to fix that later.

Heres the walkthrough for my own reference when I reinstall it properly:

I had extra space at the end of /dev/sda
I used cfdisk and created two primary partitions, /dev/sda3 (boot) and /dev/sda4 (swap)

mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda3
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda4

Create the swap:

mkswap /dev/sda4
swapon /dev/sda4

Mount the partition:

mount /dev/sda3 /mnt

Select a mirror-list (sed line comments out all the mirrors. My file had every server uncommented for some reason):

sed -i "s/^S/#S/g" /etc/pacman.d.mirrorlist
I used:

Now to install the base stuff:

pacstrap -i /mnt base base-devel

Generate fstab:

genfstab -p /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab

Now chroot ourself to the /mnt directory:

arch-chroot /mnt

Setup hostname and timezone:

echo arch > /etc/hostname
ln -s usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Denver /etc/localtime

Setup locale:

nano /etc/locale.gen //Find the locale you want and uncomment it
echo LANG=en_US.UTF-8 > /etc/locale.conf

Do this mysterious thing. I think its needed to load kernel modules:

mkinitcpio -p linux

Setup grub:

pacman -S grub os-prober
grub-install /dev/sda
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Ok great! Now reboot and lets setup networking:

systemctl enable dhcpcd@.service
ip link
ip link set enp3so up

Good job. Next post will be about tweaking Arch in order to make it more usable (meaning a GUI and nice terminals)

Installing Arch

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