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ArchLinux Installation EFI

Installing ArchLinux with UEFI

The official ArchLinux installation page is very good, but obviously cannot cover all installation scenario.

I had to install with EFI and steps are not straight copy/paste of that page.

I will make the log story short but just pasting the commands and indicate what is needed and not in the guide.

timedatectl set-ntp true
Use parted instead of fdisk
parted /dev/sda
Print existing partitions and clear them all:
(parted) print
(parted) rm 1
(parted) rm 2
(parted) rm ...
Create the EFI partition and fill the remaining
(parted) mklabel gpt
(parted) mkpart ESP fat32 1MiB 513MiB
(parted) set 1 boot on
(parted) mkpart primary btrfs 513MiB 100%
(parted) print
(parted) quit
Note that in "parted", "quit" also saves (in "fdisk", "quit" does not)

Format and mount created partitions
mkfs.fat -F32 /dev/sda1
mkfs.btrfs /dev/sda2
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
mkdir -pv /mnt/boot/efi
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot/efi
Here is just a small improve of the officiel guide: add some usefull packages to installation
pacstrap /mnt base base-devel dhclient openssh btrfs-progs grub efibootmgr
genfstab -U /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab
arch-chroot /mnt
The following is just copy/paste of
ln -sfv /usr/share/zoneinfo/Indian/Antananarivo /etc/localtime
hwclock --systohc
echo 'en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8' > /etc/locale.gen
echo 'LANG=en_US.UTF-8' >  /etc/locale.conf
echo 'KEYMAP=fr' > /etc/vconsole.conf
echo 'hv-01' > /etc/hostname
echo ' hv-01' >> /etc/hosts
mkinitcpio -p linux
The EFI flavour "grub-install" is documented, but here it is:
grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=grub
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

You may now just exit the chroot and reboot on your new installation.


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