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Headless install

Write image to USB key

dd if=archlinux-2008.06-ftp-i686.img of=/dev/sdc

Mount the USB key

mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb

Edit /mnt/usb/boot/grub/menu.lst

Extract squashfs image

unsquashfs -d /tmp/arch /mnt/usb/archlive.sqfs

Edit /tmp/arch/etc/inittab and change the first virtual console to use serial port

Edit /tmp/arch/etc/securetty and add ttyS0 after console so that root can login to the serial console

Rebuild squashfs image

mksquashfs /tmp/arch /mnt/usb/archlive.sqfs


To get around kernel panic when initializing the SATA controller add the kernel option acpi=noirq to the grub config.

Serial Console

Edit /etc/inittab for login console

c0:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 ttyS0 linux

Add near the top of /boot/grup/menu.lst

serial --unit=0 --speed=38400
terminal --timeout=2 serial console

Edit kernel options to include console=ttyS0,38400

ANSI capable terminal emulator screen /dev/ttyS0 38400

Boot Optimizations

Most of this comes from the Arch Wiki.

Comment out unused virtual terminals in /etc/inittab.

All modules are compiled into the kernel so set MOD_AUTOLOAD=“no” and MODULES=() in /etc/rc.conf.

Background all of the service startup scripts in /etc/rc.conf

DAEMONS=(@syslog-ng @network @sshd)


Create dedicated user:

useradd -m -G wheel,audio mediacenter

Update /etc/inittab to boot into X, and modify line for the X login manager to simply login the dedicated user.

x:5:once:/bin/su mediacenter -l -c "/bin/bash --login -c startx >/dev/null 2>&1"

Lauch MMS when X windows starts ~/.xinitrc

exec mms

Ramfs for tmp/log

Add to /etc/fstab

none  /tmp      tmpfs   size=64M 0 0
none  /var/log  tmpfs   size=64M 0 0

Fixup /tmp permissions in /etc/rc.local

chmod 777 /tmp
chmod +t /tmp

Configuring MMS

Set to fullscreen and adjust resolution

cp /etc/mms/Config ~/.mms
fullscreen = true

h_res = 720
v_res = 480

Turn off splash screen and gui in xine

cp /etc/mms/GenericPlayerConfig ~/.mms
generic_movie_opts = --no-splash -I %f %a


notes/mediacenter.txt · Last modified: 2010/05/27 14:05 (external edit)