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Arch Linux x86_64 Base Box for Vagrant

  • Project: Vagrantboxes
  • Use this box with Vagrant: vagrant init terrywang/archlinux && vagrant up
  • Alternative (Direct Download): Arch Linux x86_64 Vagrant Base Box
  • SHA256: eaffe80a4ac3c9bf74c18249b019ca5d3c8bda86454e9c0c35cbe0649f100918

This is a minimal base box built for Vagrant. Initially created using VirtualBox 4.2.2 (now 6.0.2) on Linux x86_64, guest additions installed. Packaged using Vagrant 2.2.3 (initially 1.3.4).

This Arch Linux x86_64 base box was built using the archlinux-2013.02.01-dual.iso. Arch Linux is a rolling release so just run pacman -Syu to stay cutting edge. If shit happens and the system breaks, it's time to test your troubleshooting skills;-)

NOTE: In November 2012, Arch Linux switched to systemd as its default init system. In January 2013 initsripts was removed from its official repositories. The base box is up-to-date as of 18 January, 2019 (UTC+11).

Vagrant Base Box Information

  1. Release: Installed using archlinux-2013.02.01-dual.iso
  2. Kernel: 4.20.3-arch1-1-ARCH
  3. VirtualBox Guest Additions 6.0.2 installed using packages: virtualbox-guest-{dkms,utils}
  4. Default boot target =>
  5. yaourt installed as the front end for AUR
  6. Users and passwords
    • root / vagrant
    • vagrant / vagrant (Public Key authentication, password-less sudo)
  7. File Systems Layout
    • Virtual Hard Disk Capacity 20GB, Dynamically allocated
    • /dev/sda1 => / ext4 20GB
    • /dev/sda2 => /home ext4 2.3GB
    • reserved blocks percentage: / => 0%, /home => 0%
    • In case more storage space is needed, refer to issue #23 to resize the virtual hard disk and then resize partition/grow file system. Alternatively, create a new hard disk using VBoxManage createhd, attach it using VBoxManage storageattach. Then create a physical volume using the new HDD, add it to existing volume group, either grow existing logical volumes or create new ones, as you wish.
  8. Networking
    • Networking mode - NAT
    • Port forwarding configured for NAT => VBoxManage modifyvm "archlinux" --natpf1 "guestssh,tcp,,2222,,22"
    • Default hostname => archlinux.vagrant.vm
    • NIC name changed from enp0s3 to eth0 using udev rule => /etc/udev/rules.d/66-persistent-net.rules. For those who are so used to the old naming scheme. Alternatively, net.ifnames=0 can be passed as kernel boot parameter to achieve the same, ever better.
  9. Kernel Parameters
    • Due to the deprecation of /etc/sysctl.conf, /etc/sysctl.d/99-sysctl.conf has been added to make kernel parameters persistent across reboots.
  10. Additional packages installed (including AUR)
    • bash-completion, zsh with prezto, fish
    • htop, gotop, dstat, glances, iotop, ioping, smem, inxi, lsof, fatrace, schedtool
    • coreutils, moreutils, inetutils, bind-tools, pv
    • sharutils, makeself
    • sshfs, nfs-utils, ddrescue, dd_rescue, gptfdisk, parted, ncdu, entr
    • ack, ag (silver-searcher), rg (ripgrep), cloc
    • colordiff, multitail, gawk, stow, jq, fdupes
    • vim with Vundle.vim and EditorConfig
    • ranger, vifm (vim-like file managers)
    • tmux (with ~/.tmux.conf), reptyr (reparent a running program to a new terminal)
    • sl, figlet, cowsay, ponysay, octocatsay, fortune-mod and linux_logo for fun
    • ethtool, iftop, nethogs, iperf, corkscrew, sslh, netcat, socat, nmap, ngrep, connect, trickle, ipcalc, bwm-ng, whois, bmon, hping
    • conntrack-tools, iptstate, nftables
    • dmidecode, lshw, hwinfo
    • strace, ltrace, gdb, binwalk
    • audit, lynis, ssh-audit
    • srm, wipe
    • wireguard
    • sysstat, collectl
    • asp as drop-in replacement for abs as per Deprecation of ABS tool and rsync endpoint
    • pkgfile a ALPM (pacman) .files metadata explorer
  11. systemd services (unit files), journal size and core dump collection behavior
    • sshd.service (enabled)
    • dhcpcd.service (enabled)
    • vboxservice.service (enabled)
    • haveged.service (enabled)
    • NOTE: systemd 216+ made changes to core dump again, collection behavior can now be tuned in /etc/systemd/coredump.conf. Core dumps are stored in /var/lib/systemd/coredump by setting Storage=external.
    • NOTE: systemd journal size has been limited to 100MB by setting SystemMaxUse=100M in /etc/systemd/journald.conf. By default it is set to 10% of the size of the respective file system.
  12. ca-certificates - Common CA Certificates
    • CNNIC and WoSign certificates (6 in total) have been blacklisted for security reasons, see /etc/ca-certificates/trust-source/blacklist/.
    • See man 8 update-ca-trust for more information. Use of /etc/ca-certificates.conf has been deprecated.
    • Use update-ca-trust and trust to apply changes.
  13. Misc

Basic Software

NOT like the Oracle Linux base boxes, Ruby, Chef and Puppet are NOT pre-installed so as to make the box as slim as possible. rbenv + ruby-build is strongly recommended because official repository always pushes the latest Ruby which may break things.

Getting started

Download the base box and get the box started

$ mkdir test_environment
$ cd test_environment
$ vagrant init terrywang/archlinux
$ vagrant up
$ vagrant ssh

NOTE: A sample Vagrantfile can be found here => Vagrantfile.


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