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Link to this post 20 Jun 11

AstarothMastemaRavenclaw wrote:

Really ? When I tried Fedora the other day it was a disaster in a box . O_O

I am starting to get Arch, but even with my persistent studying of every.single.document.out.there. I failed to properly edit the /etc/rc.conf file and as a result, could not continue with post-install operations .

Now I am considering what you told me about base installs .. Might completely change my views on most distros that worked for me but always had a particular flaw to turn me off . Interesting . Thanks . ^^

What were you changing?

I only change LOCALE, TIMEZONE, HARDWARECLOCK and the KEYMAP. you are pretty much ready to go from there!

Regards

Link to this post 21 Jun 11

Well, for one I did not understand the layout of the file; I expected to write out the entire file, which for me would have been easier instead of struggling to find out where to put what . If it should be commented out or not, where the "examples" end and your configuration starts .. I still to this point have no clue as to how to properly edit the NETWORKING section so as to have a working LAN connection upon bootup .
E.g. Do I put my configurations in the "HOSTNAME" at the top of the document, or in the little section directly under the static and dhcp examples ?

I bodged the bootloader but at least for this one I know what I did wrong .

The rest of the install process went by very fast and very smooth .
I only had issues with the /etc/rc.conf file .

Link to this post 21 Jun 11

Even just putting a little "~" in front of the lines I should edit in the following rc.conf file would help me ENORMOUSLY .

#
# /etc/rc.conf - Main Configuration for Arch Linux
#

# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
# LOCALIZATION
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# LOCALE: available languages can be listed with the 'locale -a' command
# DAEMON_LOCALE: If set to 'yes', use $LOCALE as the locale during daemon
# startup and during the boot process. If set to 'no', the C locale is used.
# HARDWARECLOCK: set to "UTC" or "localtime", any other value will result
# in the hardware clock being left untouched (useful for virtualization)
# Note: Using "localtime" is discouraged.
# TIMEZONE: timezones are found in /usr/share/zoneinfo
# KEYMAP: keymaps are found in /usr/share/kbd/keymaps
# CONSOLEFONT: found in /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts (only needed for non-US)
# CONSOLEMAP: found in /usr/share/kbd/consoletrans
# USECOLOR: use ANSI color sequences in startup messages
# VERBOSE: Verbose level (from 1 to 8). man 3 syslog for level info
#
LOCALE="en_US.UTF-8"
DAEMON_LOCALE="no"
HARDWARECLOCK="UTC"
TIMEZONE="Canada/Pacific"
KEYMAP="us"
CONSOLEFONT=
CONSOLEMAP=
USECOLOR="yes"
VERBOSE="3"

# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
# HARDWARE
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# MODULES: Modules to load at boot-up. Blacklisting is no longer supported.
# Replace every !module by an entry as on the following line in a file in
# /etc/modprobe.d:
# blacklist module
# See "man modprobe.conf" for details.
#
MODULES=()

# Udev settle timeout (default to 30)
UDEV_TIMEOUT=30

# Scan for FakeRAID (dmraid) Volumes at startup
USEDMRAID="no"

# Scan for BTRFS volumes at startup
USEBTRFS="no"

# Scan for LVM volume groups at startup, required if you use LVM
USELVM="no"

# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
# NETWORKING
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# HOSTNAME: Hostname of machine. Should also be put in /etc/hosts
#
HOSTNAME="myhost"

# Use 'ip addr' or 'ls /sys/class/net/' to see all available interfaces.
#
# Wired network setup
# - interface: name of device (required)
# - address: IP address (leave blank for DHCP)
# - netmask: subnet mask (ignored for DHCP)
# - gateway: default route (ignored for DHCP)
#
# Static IP example
# interface=eth0
# address=192.168.0.2
# netmask=255.255.255.0
# gateway=192.168.0.1
#
# DHCP example
# interface=eth0
# address=
# netmask=
# gateway=

interface=
address=
netmask=
gateway=

# Setting this to "yes" will skip network shutdown.
# This is required if your root device is on NFS.
NETWORK_PERSIST="no"

# Enable these netcfg profiles at boot-up. These are useful if you happen to
# need more advanced network features than the simple network service
# supports, such as multiple network configurations (ie, laptop users)
# - set to 'menu' to present a menu during boot-up (dialog package required)
# - prefix an entry with a ! to disable it
#
# Network profiles are found in /etc/network.d
#
# This requires the netcfg package
#
#NETWORKS=(main)

# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
# DAEMONS
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# Daemons to start at boot-up (in this order)
# - prefix a daemon with a ! to disable it
# - prefix a daemon with a @ to start it up in the background
#
# If something other takes care of your hardware clock (ntpd, dual-boot...)
# you should disable 'hwclock' here.
#
DAEMONS=(hwclock syslog-ng network netfs crond)

Link to this post 21 Jun 11

You may or may not have seen this link:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Rc.conf
It's almost like it's an initiation for Arch, getting through the rc.conf file is a right of passage. When I tried Arch a few years back I couldn't get the network running, so I took a step back and continued with other distros. I haven't tried Arch lately, I'm happy with Fedora KDE.
There are Arch users here, so if you wait, someone might be able to give you some hints.

Link to this post 21 Jun 11

The rc.conf example I pasted is directly from that Arch wiki . xD
I have suspicions that I am supposed to edit the lines with no crunch (#) in front of them .
But thanks . xD

I will just keep trying every now and then until I get it right .
I am sure it will be worth it in the end .

Link to this post 21 Jun 11

I finally got Arch up and running, and I have to say I am thoroughly pleased . ^^

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