Manjaro-architect is a terminal based netinstall installer. It always installs up to date system regardless of how old your installation media is, and lets you choose any manjaro desktop entertainment regardless of what your installation media has.
There is separate manjaro-architect iso available for download. You can burn it to USB flash drive or cd like any other manjaro iso. However, this probably the least effective way to use manjaro-architect, and should only be used if you need to create the install media from windows. This guide shows you how to create a better install media. This achieved by using a real USB installation instead of live iso.
- a real installation: you can add and remove packages as you wish and the changes are persistent across reboots. This means you always have available the extra tools you want to use
- pacman cache: you don't need to download the packages that you have already downloaded. Only download new packages and updated versions. This can often lead to a situation where you don't need to download anything at all. This can speed up the installation process greatly slow internet connection.
- no need to update mirrorlist. It keeps the good and fast mirrorlist you create the first time. This saves a lot of time.
- manjaro-architect remembers your language settings, but you can't benefit from that if you use a live ISO.
**What you need **
- existing manjaro installation
- USB drive with at least 8gb (bigger is better. Also, USB3 is better than USB2)
- internet connection
boot your manjaro installation
Install manjaro-architect-dev with
sudo pacman -Sy manjaro-architect-dev
Plug in your USB flash drive
Make sure that it does not have any partitions mounted. You can check it with command
And unmount any mounted partitions with
sudo umount /dev/sdxy
Replace sdxy with the actual name of your partition.
start the installer with
use the installer as if you would install to any other drive, but use your USB drive as the installation target.
- use the automatic partitioning
- for root mountpoint choose ext4 with "data=writeback" and "noatime" options. This gives you the best performance.
- don't use swap. Check your fstab after installation and remove it if it was added. This can happen if your host system has swap. Failing to remove it remove it from fstab causes your USB installation spend a lot of time looking for that particular swap partition at boot time if you move it to another computer.
- for bootloader use grub and set it as default. It is the most bootloader for a removable drive.
- if you want to use the USB drive on many computers with different graphics cards, don't use mhwd to install drivers. Instead, choose option 4 to install all free drivers. Use the fallback initramfs when booting for maximum compatibility with different hardware.
You can now use this USB flash drive to install any manjaro editions with manjaro-architect.
Unmounting a partition...
- Choosing the best mount options...*
Choosing all network driver modules...