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Archiso-Live For Dummies Like Me and You ------------------------------------- -What the hell is Archiso-Live? Archiso-Live is a small set of bash scripts that is capable of building fully functional ArchLinux-based liveCDs. It is a very generic tool, so it could potentially be used to generate anything from rescue systems, to install disks, to special interest liveCD systems, and who knows what else. Simply put, if it involves Arch on a shiny coaster, it can do it. -What is the different between Archiso and Archiso-Live? Archiso was the offical livecd build scripts but there not as modular has Archiso-Live. With Archiso you had to list the squashfs images in a text file at build for them to be added into the livecd. I also didn't like the idea of a 'dump' livecd where you can't fix anything so easly. -How do a get Archiso-Live build scripts? Install git In shell type this: cd $HOME git clone git://github.com/godane/archiso-live.git This should give you a archiso-live folder in your home folder. To update the archiso-live scripts, type this in shell: cd $HOME/archiso-live git pull This should update your build scripts. -What are the depends of Archiso-Live? - cdrkit - aufs2-util - kernel26-2.6.29 or higher - syslinux Mksquashfs and mkinitcpio are in archiso-live folder. You should have mkinitcpio installed anyway but my mkinitcpio is custom made for Archiso-Live. You will have to do a force install of sqlzma package from my local repo. You must add this before core repo into /etc/pacman.conf file: [archiso-live] Server = http://arch-live.isawsome.net/packages/ -How do I build my own Archiso-Live iso? Your going to have to login to root on your system. Then you do this in shell: su root cd $HOME/archiso-live/scripts source exports cd profiles/archiso-live How you make the iso from scrach for i686. ./build makeiso i686 or for x86_64 ./build makeiso x86_64 How you make just the iso again for i686. ./build makeimg i686 or for x86_64 ./build makeimg x86_64 How you do a live backup of your system su root cd $HOME/archiso-live/scripts source exports cd profiles/livebackup ./build livebackup -How do I customize the archiso-live profile? List of varibles that can be change for your Archiso-Live iso: -config file: ROOT_MOD is the root filesystem or first module. This is where the kernel should be installed into. You don't have to set it if the kernel is listed the first .list file in list folder of archiso-live. MOVE_MODULES is for moving modules that are not need to the .working/img/archiso-live/modules. Its so you can use baseonly boot option to have a basic system on boot. MODULES is for the names of modules but its also the name of packages .list files in list folder. DELDIR is for deleting folders that are not need in your livecd iso. KERNEL is to be change only if your use a custom kernel that is not kernel26. Makes it easyer to build the iso with custom kernel. VMLINUZ is to be change only if your use a custom kernel that is not kernel26. Makes it easyer to build the iso with custom kernel. CDLABEL is for change volume iso name. PUBLISHER is for the website you would be releasing it from. This is put into the volume iso. AUTHOR is for puting your name into the iso volume. -build file: WORKDIR is for the working folder where your iso is build. DATE is for the date to be add to the iso name. CDNAME is the data folder name for the iso. This is need for liblinuxlive script to file the livecd.sgn file.