10 votes

Installed Arch for the first time!

I was using Antergos for like 15 days and I really loved it! Not Antergos but Arch, I like how simple everything is in arch. Before installing antergos I tried to install arch on vm but failed. so i installed antergos with i3wm. somewhere i wanted to install vanilla arch.

Initially I was referring to the wiki with elinks and doing it carefully but failed. my setup was going to be arch + grub + luks, for some reason grub didn't show up while booting. i also encountered other error which made grub-mkconfig to hang. later i decided to drop luks so arch + grub, but again same error.

i've used debian family distros for a long time and grub was the most used bootloader so i wanted to install that. next i looked for a guide online and followed another guide which had same commands as arch wiki. again that failed.

after some more searching i found archfi, so basically it is a script that will ask me questions and install everything. again that grub thing failed so i went with systemd for the second time with this script. & voila!

later i used archdi to setup lightdm-gtk-greeter and installed i3wm.

i didn't install it myself but i am happy with my arch and probably someday would do it myself.

btw, i use arch

9 comments

  1. [5]
    loto Link
    Welcome to the club! I usually don't mention that I run arch like I'm apparently obligated to (btw), but I'm a pretty big fan - it's a rolling release with very little branding on DEs or themes,...

    Welcome to the club! I usually don't mention that I run arch like I'm apparently obligated to (btw), but I'm a pretty big fan - it's a rolling release with very little branding on DEs or themes, which is perfect for me. What's your favourite thing about it, if you don't mind me asking, and I'm curious, did you end up solving the grub-mkconfig error? I recently tried to setup a netbook and had the same problem, across several distros I tried (Arch, Ubuntu, Debian, Suse Tumbleweed, Puppy) until I got to Void, which also hung but still somehow installed it properly (grub showed up one the next boot) so I'm pretty interested to see if it's the same issue.

    6 votes
    1. [3]
      cadadr Link Parent
      I'm not the OP but I used Arch for multiple years (after which I've used FreeBSD for a year, (X)ubuntu for around a year in sum, Debian for quite some while, and lately trying out elementaryOS...

      I'm not the OP but I used Arch for multiple years (after which I've used FreeBSD for a year, (X)ubuntu for around a year in sum, Debian for quite some while, and lately trying out elementaryOS since a couple weeks). It is by far the best distro I ever used. The only distro kind enough to include development headers etc. in packages. It has the awesome wiki. Software is stable and fresh. Has an RSS feed that you can follow and get only things that are useful.

      I came to Xubuntu for minimal user configuration. Turns out I still need to mess with stuff in /etc and also fight the OS itself. So after some time I went on to Debian. I've used it ever since. I wanted to try my luck with elementaryOS again to see if I can work with minimal config. Nope. I feel like I'm going to come back to Arch Linux again. I can't not be a power user, and Arch is the best place to be so.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        Crestwave Link Parent
        Aren't those usually included in the development subpackage in other distros?

        The only distro kind enough to include development headers etc. in packages.

        Aren't those usually included in the development subpackage in other distros?

        1 vote
        1. cadadr Link Parent
          Yes, which might be useful for those who need to shave a few bytes off from what they install, but as a desktop user it's caused me nothing but trouble. Same with docs.

          Yes, which might be useful for those who need to shave a few bytes off from what they install, but as a desktop user it's caused me nothing but trouble. Same with docs.

          1 vote
    2. Avizini Link Parent
      I like how simple it is, I can install ubuntu and remove unwanted stuff but this is easier. I like i3wm and don't want to go with other DEs. Actually rolling release thing doesn't matter to me but...

      I like how simple it is, I can install ubuntu and remove unwanted stuff but this is easier. I like i3wm and don't want to go with other DEs. Actually rolling release thing doesn't matter to me but the idea of installing it only once is amazing.

      grub-mkconfig error was fixed after reading these posts.

      The process started and exited fine without warnings but for some reason grub didn't show up while booting.

  2. spctrvl Link
    Congrats. I just reinstalled it myself a few days ago after I got my new SSD in (old one that had my old install fried). Manual install isn't too bad as long as you have your phone or another...

    Congrats. I just reinstalled it myself a few days ago after I got my new SSD in (old one that had my old install fried). Manual install isn't too bad as long as you have your phone or another computer handy, but no matter how many of them I've done, as is tradition, I had a couple screwups that necessitated me to start over from scratch (but just once this time). At least it doesn't take too long.

    3 votes
  3. [2]
    annadane Link
    I'm using Void because I couldn't be bothered learning how to install Arch

    I'm using Void because I couldn't be bothered learning how to install Arch

    2 votes
    1. apoctr Link Parent
      The manual install is pretty easy so I don't really mind, but have you experienced the installer being buggy? It's failed to produce a bootable install for me a few times.

      The manual install is pretty easy so I don't really mind, but have you experienced the installer being buggy? It's failed to produce a bootable install for me a few times.

      2 votes
  4. Crestwave Link
    Did you try the --removable option?

    my setup was going to be arch + grub + luks, for some reason grub didn't show up while booting.

    Did you try the --removable option?

    1 vote