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Install Arch Linux on a dedicated server via Ubuntu Live

| by jpic | linux dedibox ansible

In the process of making YourLabs new cloud, I ordered a first dedicated server at They don’t provide an installer for Arch Linux, but they do provide a “rescue mode” which is at this time Ubuntu 13.04 Live. Boot that and get an Arch Linux install on BtrFS with just one command:

Format /dev/sda to BtrFS Partionning and install arch linux in subvolumes with just one command:

ansible-playbook -i "yourhostname," -e "hostname=your_host_name" --ask-sudo-pass rescue_reinstall_arch_linux.yml

If you just want to debug your arch root on /dev/sda through Ubuntu Live, then this command will make it operationnal in /tmp/root.x86_64/mnt:

ansible-playbook -i "yourhostname," --ask-sudo-pass rescue_mount_arch_linux.yml
# you may chroot /tmp/root.x86_64/mnt on the server now and have a working arch

If you just want to build an Arch Linux chroot in /tmp/root.x86_64 by default:

ansible-playbook -i "yourhostname," --ask-sudo-pass rescue_arch_linux_chroot.yml

It’s ansible, you can override any variable you find in roles/rescue/vars/main.yml with -e 'var=bar'.

Get sources for install-arch-linux-server.

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