[arch-general] How to create archlinux install CD?
gradgrind at online.de
Fri Apr 4 12:30:00 EDT 2008
Karolina Lindqvist wrote:
> I have a new i586 machine and want to install archlinux i586 on it. So I want
> to recreate the archlinux install CD. But how do i do it? I have unpacked
> the install ISO, and is replacing all the packages, but when it comes to
> inird.img, the instructions in the wiki do not work. I cannot mount the
> unzipped inird.img. What should I do? file say that it is a cpio archive, but
> how do I unpack and mount it? And then, what is lowcore.img?
> Of course I could do it by booting debian, or something, and then replacing it
> with archlinux, but actually having an archlinux install CD would be pretty
> handy for my i586 machines.
As I always forget the command to unpack cpio archives I generally use
mc to look inside them. That's quite a good idea anyway, as some are
badly built so that they unpack to / and make a mess of your file system
if you are not careful. You don't need to (can't) mount it.
I expect the command to unpack a cpio is on the man page. The correct
command to recompress it after you've done your adjustments can be found
floating around on the internet ... I think it's something along the
find . | cpio -o -H newc | gzip > ../initrd.img
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