Arch Linux

Arch Linux is the new distribution I'm playing with ;)

This page gathers my own personal notes as I progress and learn more about Arch.

Installation on a MacBook


Partition table

  • 1 - EFI
  • 2 - Mac OS X
  • 3 - Linux
  • 4 - Swap

Odd sequencing for installing the boot loader:

  1. GRUB -- install own loader
  2. Reboot
  3. with reFIT -- Fix partitions
  4. Boot Arch Install CD again
  5. grub
  6. root (hd0,2)
  7. setup (hd0,2)
  8. reboot \o/

Extra packages

  • netcfg
  • wireless_tools

Config files settings


MODULES += loop
HOSTNAME = "hostname"
INTERFACES = (wlan0)


+= noatime (root /)

for improved laptop performance... do not store access times in files




+= en_GB.UTF-8 UTF-8 es_ES.UTF-8 UTF-8

Manually enable wi-fi

ifconfig wlan0 up
wpa_passphrase WIFI_NETWORK_NAME "password" > /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
dhcpcd wlan0
ping -c 3

Wi-fi management in Gnome

Install GNOME's NetworkManager.

Special mac laptop keys

With pommed. It's awesome!