So… time to install ArchLinuxARM on my Raspberry Pi.

I will be using the ArchLinux image for the Pi released on 18 September 2012. I believe this is the first release using the new ARMv6 repo. This is an full image of a 2 GB SD card, so just a simple # dd bs=1M if=archlinux-hf-2012-09-18.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 will do the trick, given you enter this command as root, on the right machine, as stupid me entered this command on the BeagleBoard in stead of the laptop.

Since I am using a 16 GB SD Card, I will have to resize the partition to use the full card. However, I am planning to do this as final step, so I can create an 2 GB image of the configured system.

Given above steps went correctly, just insert the SD card into the Raspberry Pi and power it on. ArchLinux boots up. At this point, the /boot partition still contains the old-style bootloader. The new bootloader is however in the repository. As a first step I am planning to do an upgrade anyways. The default login is username/password root, which of course has to be changed. Anyhow… about upgrading the system, on ArchLinux:

# pacman -Syu

However, this gives an error less then 1024 bytes per second transferred the last 10 seconds. The default repository is set to a GeoIP/load balancer. It appears this sends me to the Chinese mirror. When pinging it I have a ping of ~450 ms. So, editing the /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist. commenting the “load balancer” out, and removing the # from the Dutch mirror solves the problem, and the upgrades, including a new bootloader in the /boot partition, have been installed.

So… some basic tasks that need to be executed now, such as setting up root password, hostname etc. On ArchLinux, this used to go to /etc/rc.conf by setting HOSTNAME=, however, this method of setting up the hostname is deprecated. ArchLinux has switched to systemd recently. I have mentioned before, on my other machines, this switch required some changes. Merely the init= boot parameter, as there is some backwards compatibility with old configuration. However, it means I have to look at the new way of configuring stuff. (Yeah… I have been lazy for my old installations, not changing the configuration files to new style.) Please note that I can recommend setting the hostname first, before installing anything else, since some daemons may use it, and otherwise they’ll use the default.

# hostnamectl set-hostname rpi

However this gives an error: Failed to issue method call: org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1 was not provided my any .services files Apparently, for this to work, you need to install polkit and reboot first.

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