[arch-releng] Archlinux automated via PXE

Nico Schottelius nico-archlinux-releng at schottelius.org
Fri Apr 1 18:10:10 EDT 2011

Good morning devs,

I'm running a big pool of Linux installations in the ETH Zurich [0]
and from time to time I am interested in giving Archlinux a try
for a big installation.

But the lack of a very easy automated way to retrieve networking
images, like provided with OpenBSD or Debian & variants, makes
me drop back (cuni [0] got a list of easily netinstallable Os).

I'm aware that I can download the ISO, grab the kernel + initrd
and have it running, but it's a pretty cumbersome approach.

Thus I'd like to discuss whether there is no easy way to provide
kernel + initrd in a standard location?

Secondly I'd be interested in seeing a standard way on how to
automate the installation, which could probably a wikipage
"Archlinux in big environments".

I'm wondering what your opinions are regarding those two topics
and whether there'll be some changes mid term that may make
archlinux able to be a canditate for automatic installations.

Have a nice evening,


[0] cuni: http://www.nico.schottelius.org/software/cuni/

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