Arch-boxes provides automated builds of the Arch Linux releases for different providers and post-processors
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Build Status

Arch-boxes provides automated builds of the Arch Linux releases for different providers and post-processors. Check the providers or post-processor sections if you want to know which are currently supported.

Dependencies

You'll need the following dependencies:

  • packer (for basic usage)
  • vagrant (for vagrant images)
  • qemu (for libvirt provider support)
  • virtualbox (for virtualbox support)
  • VMware Workstation Pro (for vmware support)

variables

Here is an overview over all variables you can set in vagrant.json or local.json:

  • iso_url: the url to the ISO. This can be an url or a filepath beginning with file://
  • iso_checksum_url: the url to the checksum file. This can be an url or a filepath beginning with file://
  • iso_checksum_type: this specifies the hashing algorithm for the checksum.
  • disk_size: this specifices the disk size in bytes.
  • memory: this specifies the size of the RAM in bytes.
  • cpus: this specifies the number of cores for your VM.
  • headless: this sets GUI on or off.
  • atlas_token: here you can specify the atlas token for uploading your box to the vagrantcloud. If you don't have any atlas token you can ignore this variable. But then don't be suprised when the process fails. The boxes are build, they just haven't been uploaded.
  • write_zeroes: this variable is empty. if you set any string in this variable it will fill the box with zeros to reduce the size. DO NOT use this if you are running a SSD. It will harm your SSDs lifetime
  • boot_wait: this specifies the time packer should wait for booting up the ISO before entering any command.

how to start the build process locally

Edit the local.json before you start the build. set the right iso_url and the right iso_checksum_url. Then you can start the build for virtualbox only with the following command:

On Arch Linux:

packer-io build -only=virtualbox-iso -var-file=local.json vagrant.json

On any other system:

packer build -only=virtualbox-iso -var-file=local.json vagrant.json

Note this is because of the name conflict with the AUR-Helpertool packer on Arch Linux.

how to start the build process for official builds

The official builds are done on our Arch Linux Buildserver.

On Arch Linux:

packer-io build vagrant.json

On any other system:

packer build vagrant.json

Note: this is because of the name conflict with the AUR-Helpertool packer on Arch linux.

providers

  • virtualbox-iso
  • qemu/libvirt
  • vmware-iso

post-processors

  • vagrant

Troubleshooting

Parallel build fails

If the parallel build fails this is mostly because the KVM device is already occupied by a different provider. You can use the build option parallel=false for building the images in a queue instead of parallel. But don't be surprised that that the build process will take longer. Any other option is to disable KVM support for all other providers except one.

Start packer with -parallel=false:

On Arch Linux:

packer-io build -parallel=false vagrant.json

On any other system:

packer build -parallel=false vagrant.json