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Old 11-23-2005, 10:12 AM   #1
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Arch seems a good option

This forums seems to be less frequently used around here. I have just installed Arch 0.7 after removing Slackware, struggled initially, but finally got my internet working and also configured sound. I have WindowMaker running.

It appears to be a lot similar to Slackware in philosophy, but requires a bit more initial configuration than Slack to get working...

Also any idea on how to change the devfs to udev to get my /dev/hda device naming scheme back? I know this should be done, but how and where do I change it?

Pacman was a little bit confusing at first, but now I think I've got the hang of it.

Any Arch users around? Any tips and tricks for a new user?
Old 11-23-2005, 01:21 PM   #2
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For udev, you need to edit your boot loader and /etc/fstab

For lilo, you need:

Your /etc/fstab might have the devfs naming scheme, /dev/discs/disc0/disc1 and not the udev friendly /dev/hda1 . Also, the sysfs line needs to go and the usbfs line is different:

#sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs defaults 0 0

Then you have udev. The newest kernels do not need the lilo (or grub if you use it) parameters, as they are built w/o devfs.

Old 11-23-2005, 07:14 PM   #3
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HI, thanks.

This is my first successful install of Arch and I'm currently doing the system upgrade using pacman.

Last time this naming scheme confused me and I ended up destroying my Debian /home partition.

Now my grub config file is in the Debian partition. What changes do I need to do to make it boot without devfs?

The Arch Kernel is 2.6.10 which was the default one with 0.7 which I installed.
Old 11-26-2005, 03:55 PM   #4
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Heh, you destroyed your debian /home partition?!

I destroyed (formatted) my entire FreeBSD 5.4 disk accidentaly in Arch install :/
The naming of devices was so confusing that I just chose 1 of my 2 hd's, the wrong one

But after finishing the arch linux install I didn't mind anymorre. Pacman is great And the rest as well ehe.

I too would like this forum to be used more by arch users. But they must mostly be on the official arch forums

Old 12-05-2005, 04:41 AM   #5
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I used to check this forum a lot when I first signed up to LQ but it was s inactive I stopped bothering Maybe I should subscribe or something and get an email when someone posts...
Old 12-05-2005, 04:54 AM   #6
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you will find every thing you need in the arch wiki
Old 12-05-2005, 08:50 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Harishankar
Any Arch users around? Any tips and tricks for a new user?
Welcome to Arch... I've been using it for about 11 months now, and have tried at least 40 different distros over the last 5 years, and so far, nothing else can touch it (at least in my opinion). The only ones that come close are Crux, Gentoo, and Slackware (not necessarily in that order).

Hope you continue to enjoy Arch.


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