Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Have a new blog home now

I got a new blog for arch-live at This is going to be development and personal blog. I using wordpress now cause it has more flexable to what i need.

All my post here will be in my new wordpress page. I hope you guys understand why i'm doing this. Arch livecds will still be released but just on be posted on

Thanks for all your support on this blog page and my project.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Arch-Mini 20081104 Release

I decide to make a new release now so the installer problem will be fix.

* added the older mke2fs.conf file in overlay so my problem will not happen again. (I report the bug here.)
* added gksu and rebuild larchin with new python 2.6 too.
* all package are up to date to today (20081104).

You can get the iso here.

Issue with installer in arch-mini

I know what the problem is now. Its the new e2fsprogs package.

This is the problem:

/etc/mke2fs.conf file was change and so the set inode_size is 256 not 128. This is made grub not install right with arch-mini to your hard drive. So basicly its not my fault this time.

I will added in the older /etc/mke2fs.conf file in overlay so it will not happen again. At least i hope.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Arch-Mini 20081102 Release

I'm final releasing a mini version of my project now. This release is differnet in that it doesn't have gnome and kde in it. Only light desktops.

* awesome has been fix. Its now it the Xsession script for calling on desktops. (I hope this works since i didn't test it.) Its not a boot option at the moment.

* Using isolinux boot menu now. This is so you can added files with isomaster and still be bootable. (grub livecd are not bootable if you remaster with isomaster.)

* Lxde, xfce, and e17 can be selected at boot.

* /usr/share/locale folder is remove like in last archiso-live. This is cause arch-mini is english only for now. (It also saves my ~40mb of space on the iso.

* The installer should be fine now. I have not touch those 2 files that cause the problem since i fix it. I just copy sysvinit and shutdown functions over the -chakra version in overlay. Made a if statement to see if /bootmnt/archlive.sqfs file exist so the cd may eject. If it doesn't exist it will think its on a hard drive.

Root password is ArchLinux

arch password is arch

You can get the iso here.

EDIT: For some reason this will not install anymore. I don't know why or how to fix it. In virtualbox it was something to do with /boot/grub/stage1 not be readable i think. Its best to not install it for now and coming future.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fix for Archiso-live 20081028 Release

i have made a xdelta file for fixing the Archiso-live 20081028. This is only need if your going to install it.

You can get here.

Do it like this:
pacman -Sy xdelta
xdelta patch archiso-live-20081028.1.xdelta archiso-live-20081028.iso archiso-live-20081028.1.iso

NOTE: This only need if your going install it. Otherwize you don't need it.

PS You don't need this if you just delete two files from your live system before install. Do 'gksu thunar' and enter in password 'ArchLinux'. Then go into /etc/rc.d/functions.d and delete sysinit-chakra and shutdown-chakra. This is so you don't have reburn the cd.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Archiso-live 20081028 Release

Changes since last release:
* Replace the videoconfig script with the one from a upcoming distro called Chakra. Chaka is the new kdemod distro thats coming from kdemod team. Anyway they made a better xorg config system then me.
New Boot options:

xres (ex. xres=1024x768 will give you a 1024x768 resolution)

xdepth (ex. xdepth=16 will give you 16 color depth)

nonfree (yes or no) This is for auto detecting video cards installing the nonfree one to use. I set most of them to 'no' cause it could cause problems on some computers. (?)

* remove the /usr/share/locale files. This saves the distro 100+mb of space for video drivers and other programs. (Only the reason for now is the video drives.) This will make my archiso-live a English only distro for now on.

* Added gnome-commander and gnome-device-manager programs.

* I removed all wallpapers from kde but the default one. This saves another 30+mb.

You can get the iso here.

root password is ArchLinux

arch password is arch

EDIT: Installer may not work do some of the changes i made. I think is just cause of some files in /etc/rc.d/functions.d think its still a live cd.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Archiso-live 20081019 Release

Changes since last release:
* autologin to arch user is by default now. The autologin boot option is for making a user to autologin to. (ex. autologin=liveuser will make liveuser account)

* kde is in iso now. :) So now the archiso-live has every desktop including kde(4).

* kino, kompozer, and gdesklets are not in this release. But isomaster is back in.

* Remove /usr/share/doc, /usr/share/gtk-doc, and /usr/share/devhelp. This is to save space so its under 700mb. (Plus there not normally need for a livecd anyway.)

* Using older dhcpcd 3.2.1 cause the newer one dhcpcd 4.0.2 is causing problems with kernel 2.6.27 for some reason.

* Desktop color depth is 16 now instead of 24. This is to stop video problems with using kde4 in virtualbox.

You can get the iso and build scripts here. Also the iso weight is ~687.7mb in size. So it should say 688mb in web broswer since it rounds in out.