People worried about the Archinstall tool becoming official, claiming users won't know what they've installed unless they do it manually, have you considered the scenario of old Arch installs? Is perfect memory going back 5+ years in order to remember all of your config choices and settings a requirement, or should one reinstall their Arch on a yearly basis to keep their memory fresh? Or is the issue perhaps a bit overblown?

I'm fairly skilled with Linux, been using it for over 10 years now. I've done an Arch install exactly once. It's a fun exercise, but I don't see how you following the install guide on the wiki makes you somehow significantly better at maintaining your system. Just about the only thing that teaches is that there's a wiki and you should read it. But basically every Linux users knows the Arch wiki exists, so that's not exactly new information.


The most important thing in administering your Linux system isn't knowing a string of special commands that make an Arch install. It's knowing enough basics to get around and knowing how to find out how to do something if you don't remember or don't know. Trying to hold all of the information in the world in your head is futile.

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@Samsai that applies to everything technical, as far as I'm concerned. Once you are aware of a concept and where to find further information, that's the important thing.

@codified Probably applies to absolutely everything if you think about it. With just about every skill you just need a way to get started and then a source for more information to keep going. And practice, of course.

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