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Installing packages from CD in Arch Linux

Okay, so you have Arch Linux installed and let’s say you’re wifi isn’t working and you need the package “iwlwifi-3945-ucode-” to fix this but you don’t have a wired connect. What do you do? Blast in your Arch cd, mount it, mount the packages sqfs file and install using pacman.

Mount cdrom:

mkdir /mnt/cdrom/
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom/

Mount *-pkgs.sqfs:

mkdir /mnt/pkgs/
mount -o loop core-pkgs.sqfs /mnt/pkgs/
cd /mnt/pkgs/

Install pkg.tar.gz:

pacman -U package-name.pkg.tar.gz

6 replies on “Installing packages from CD in Arch Linux”

Awesome tip!
Just an observation:
where you wrote
mount -o loop core-pkgs.sqfs /mnt/pkgs/
it should be
mount -o loop /mnt/cdrom/core-pkgs.sqfs /mnt/pkgs/

Best regards!

I cannot find cdrom under /dev/ I am using the core-dual cd 2011.08.19. Is there something I’m missing here?

I suppose the latest ArchLinux CD (19-08-2011) contents changed a lot because I couldn’t find the packages file you mentioned here. I found another one with even a different extension ! I found it on: [cdrom-mount-location]/arch/any/repo-core-any.sfs. Is this the correct packages file ?

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