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Boot Archcraft with GRUB

If you already have Linux installed on your system and want to try Archcraft without making a bootable USB drive, you can do so with the GRUB2 bootloader. Follow the steps below to boot Archcraft ISO with GRUB2 :

  • Open terminal and edit /etc/grub.d/40_custom with your favorite text editor.
$ sudo vim /etc/grub.d/40_custom
  • Add the following entry in the file, replace (hd0,X) with your root partition, e.g. (hd0,2) and /path/to/archcraft.iso with your Archcraft ISO path.
menuentry "Archcraft Live ISO" --class archcraft {
set root='(hd0,X)'
set isofile="/path/to/archcraft.iso"
set dri="free"
search --no-floppy -f --set=root $isofile
probe -u $root --set=abc
set pqr="/dev/disk/by-uuid/$abc"
loopback loop $isofile
linux (loop)/arch/boot/x86_64/vmlinuz-linux img_dev=$pqr img_loop=$isofile driver=$dri quiet splash loglevel=3 udev.log_level=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 cow_spacesize=5G copytoram=n
initrd (loop)/arch/boot/intel-ucode.img (loop)/arch/boot/amd-ucode.img (loop)/arch/boot/x86_64/initramfs-linux.img
  • Save the file and update grub.cfg, the GRUB configuration file.
# On Arch Linux
$ sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

# On Ubuntu & its derivatives
$ sudo update-grub
  • After updating the config file, Reboot the system and boot into Archcraft Live. Try it out, or maybe install it on a USB or SDcard.