ODROID-HC1: Arch Linux ARM

Steps for installing Arch Linux on separate boot and root disk.


  • Set variable to the name of your SD card.
  • Set variable to the name of your SATA drive.

Partitioning & formatting

  • Create 128 MB boot partition on SD card
    parted -s $BOOTDEV mklabel msdos
    parted -s $BOOTDEV mkpart primary fat32 4096s 128MiB
  • Create 10 GB root partition on SATA drive
    parted -s $ROOTDEV mklabel msdos
    parted -s $ROOTDEV mkpart primary ext4 4096s 10GiB
  • Create corresponding filesystems
    mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n BOOT ${BOOTDEV}1
    mkfs.ext4 -L rootfs ${ROOTDEV}1
  • Mount boot inside of root filesystem
    mkdir /mnt/a
    mount ${ROOTDEV}1 /mnt/a
    mkdir /mnt/a/boot
    mount ${BOOTDEV}1 /mnt/a/boot


  • Download and extract Arch base system
    bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-odroid-xu3-latest.tar.gz -C /mnt/a


  • Set hostname, localization, time zone, network configuration and filesystem mounting
    cd /mnt/a
    echo server > etc/hostname
    echo LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 > etc/locale.conf
    sed -i '/^#de_DE/ s/^#//g' etc/locale.gen
    ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Berlin etc/localtime
    echo -e "\tlocalhost.localdomain\tlocalhost" >> etc/hosts
    echo -e "::1\t\tlocalhost.localdomain\tlocalhost" >> etc/hosts
    sed -i '/^DHCP=/ s/=.*/=ipv6/' etc/systemd/network/eth0.network
    echo Address= >> etc/systemd/network/eth0.network
    echo Gateway= >> etc/systemd/network/eth0.network
    echo DNS= >> etc/systemd/network/eth0.network
    echo NTP= >> etc/systemd/network/eth0.network
    echo -e "LABEL=BOOT\t\t/boot\t\tvfat\t\tdefaults\t0 2" >> etc/fstab
    echo -e "LABEL=rootfs\t\t/\t\text4\t\tdefaults,noatime\t0 1" >> etc/fstab
  • Update bootloader files
    cd boot
    sed -i '/^part uuid/ s/^/#/' boot.txt
    sed -i '/^setenv bootargs/ s/PARTUUID=${uuid}/LABEL=rootfs/' boot.txt
    sed -i '/load/ s/\/boot\//\//g' boot.txt
    bash mkscr
    bash sd_fusing.sh ${BOOTDEV}

Clean up

  • Unmount filesystems
    cd ~
    umount /mnt/a/boot /mnt/a
    rmdir /mnt/a

First boot

Connect both disks to your HC1 and fire it up.

  • Generate locales & deploy package signing keyring
    pacman-key --init
    pacman-key --populate archlinuxarm