Here is my install procedure (in multiple installments):
Log in to the system as root, password root, upgrade your base system and catalogs to current revision levels:
This is crucial for finding the later packages to be installed! I ran this from the console as it takes a while. Once this is done you can use dfconfig to find the ip address so you can ssh in from your normal workstation.
Now configure some base stuff starting with an ftp server first (and have it start automatically):
Then let's add the pi user:
Install sudo so we can use pi rather than root and maybe save our selves some future pain:
Now run visudo and add pi with all rights. Escape : x to save the file.
Now for the wireless network to auto start. First install the network configuration tool:
Edit /etc/conf.d/netcfg as shown below (using your names of course!):
Create a network profile (in my case wlan0-Daysleeper) in /etc/network.d:
As you can see, this profile was generated by wifi-menu which is part of the netcfg package and can be run as "sudo wifi-menu wlan0" to build a profile for a wireless network.
Now make sure that the network configuration we have just created starts automagically:
More at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Netcfg#Net-Profiles
Time for a backup. More to come as I continue to build an Arch Linux image to replace my current Wheezy image that runs the 'Bot.
On to Part 2