This note includes all commands I typed when I set up Arch Linux on my new bare metal server.

PSA: I published a GitHub repository containing a toolchain to create a clean-room docker environment for building AUR packages


wipe whole disk

wipefs -a /dev/sda

create partition

select /dev/sda
mktable gpt
mkpart EFI fat32 0 512MB # EFI
mkpart Arch ext4 512MB 100% # Arch
set 1 esp on # flag partition 1 as ESP

install file-system

mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sda1 # EFI
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2 # Arch

e2fsck -cc -C 0 /dev/sda2 # fsck

mount disk

mkdir -p /mnt/boot
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot

install base & Linux kernel

# choose between 'linux' or 'linux-lts'
pacstrap /mnt base linux-lts linux-firmware
genfstab -U /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab
arch-chroot /mnt
pacman -S reflector
reflector --protocol https --latest 30 --sort rate --save /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist --verbose # optimize mirror list

install essentials

pacman -S vim man-db man-pages git base-devel


ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Tokyo /etc/localtime
hwclock --systohc
vim /etc/locale.gen & locale-gen
echo "LANG=en_US.UTF-8" > /etc/locale.conf

add fstab entries

# backup UUID=<UUID> /mnt/backup ext4 defaults 0 2 # archive (do not prevent boot even if fsck fails) UUID=<UUID> /mnt/archive ext4 defaults,nofail,x-systemd.device-timeout=4 0 2

Find <UUID> from the output of lsblk -f.

findmnt --verify --verbose # verify fstab


pacman -S \
  grub \
  efibootmgr \
  amd-ucode # AMD microcode
grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot --bootloader-id=GRUB

vim /etc/default/grub
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg


hostnamectl set-hostname takos
hostnamectl set-chassis server
/etc/hosts localhost ::1 localhost takos

See and

[Match] Name=enp5s0 [Network] #DHCP=yes Address= Gateway= DNS= # self-hosted DNS resolver DNS= # Cloudflare for the fallback DNS server MACVLAN=dns-shim # to handle local dns lookup to which is managed by Docker macvlan driver
# to handle local dns lookup to [NetDev] Name=dns-shim Kind=macvlan [MACVLAN] Mode=bridge
# to handle local dns lookup to [Match] Name=dns-shim [Network] IPForward=yes [Address] Address= Scope=link [Route] Destination=

ip equivalent to the above settings:

ip link add dns-shim link enp5s0 type macvlan mode bridge # add macvlan shim
ip a add dev dns-shim # assign host ip to shim defined in docker-compose.yml
ip link set dns-shim up # enable interface
ip route add dev dns-shim # route macvlan subnet to shim interface
systemctl enable --now systemd-networkd
networkctl status
ln -sf /run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf

# for self-hosted dns resolver
sed -r -i -e 's/#?DNSStubListener=yes/DNSStubListener=no/g' -e 's/#DNS=/DNS=' /etc/systemd/resolved.conf

systemctl enable --now systemd-resolved
resolvectl status
resolvectl query

If networkctl keep showing enp5s0 as degraded, then run ip addr add dev enp5s0 to manually assign static IP address for the workaround.


exit # leave chroot
umount -R /mnt


timedatectl set-ntp true
timedatectl status


pacman -S zsh
chsh -s /bin/zsh
git clone ~/.dotfiles
yay -S ruby pyenv exa antibody direnv fd ripgrep fzy peco ghq-bin hub neofetch tmux git-delta lazygit jq lostfiles ncdu htop rsync youtube-dl prettier tree age informant
usermod -aG informant <user>
cd ~/.dotfiles
./dot link zsh -f


passwd # change root passwd

useradd -m -s /bin/zsh <user> # add local user
passwd <user> # change local user password

userdbctl # verify users
userdbctl group # verify groups

pacman -S sudo
echo "%sudo ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:/usr/bin/pacman" > /etc/sudoers.d/pacman # allow users in sudo group to run pacman without password (optional)
groupadd sudo
usermod -aG sudo <user> # add local user to sudo group
visudo -c


pacman -S openssh
vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config
systemctl enable --now sshd

on the host machine:

ssh-copy-id <user>@<ip>
if [ ! -S ~/.ssh/ssh_auth_sock ] && [ -S "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ]; then
  ln -sf $SSH_AUTH_SOCK ~/.ssh/ssh_auth_sock

See also: Happy ssh agent forwarding for tmux/screen · Reboot and Shine


git clone
cd yay
makepkg -si


pacman -S smartmontools
systemctl enable --now smartd

smartctl -t short /dev/sda
smartctl -l selftest /dev/sda


pacman -S nvidia-lts # 'nvidia' for 'linux' package
nvidia-smi # test runtime


pacman -S docker docker-compose
yay -S nvidia-container-runtime
systemctl enable --now docker
{ "log-driver": "json-file", "log-opts": { "max-size": "10m", // default: -1 (unlimited) "max-file": "3" // default: 1 }, "runtimes": { // for docker-compose "nvidia": { "path": "/usr/bin/nvidia-container-runtime", "runtimeArgs": [] } } }
systemctl restart docker

usermod -aG docker <user>

# to create mandatory device files on /dev
docker run --gpus all nvidia/cuda:10.2-cudnn7-runtime nvidia-smi

GPU_OPTS=(--gpus all --device /dev/nvidia0 --device /dev/nvidiactl --device /dev/nvidia-modeset --device /dev/nvidia-uvm --device /dev/nvidia-uvm-tools)
docker run --rm -it ${GPU_OPTS} nvidia/cuda:10.2-cudnn7-runtime nvidia-smi
docker run --rm -it ${GPU_OPTS} tensorflow/tensorflow:1.14.0-gpu-py3 bash

docker create network webproxy

Use journald log driver in Docker Compose

      driver: "journald"
        tag: "{{.ImageName}}/{{.Name}}/{{.ID}}" # default: "{{.ID}}"

Additional setup


pacman -S fail2ban
[INCLUDES] before = common.conf [Definition] failregex = .* client login failed: .+ client:\ <HOST> ignoreregex =
[DEFAULT] ignoreip = [sshd] enabled = true port = 22,10122 bantime = 1h mode = aggressive # [mailu] enabled = true backend = systemd journalmatch = CONTAINER_NAME=mail_front_1 filter = bad-auth findtime = 1h maxretry = 3 bantime = 1w chain = DOCKER-USER banaction = iptables-allports
- iptables.service firewalld.service ip6tables.service ipset.service nftables.service + iptables.service firewalld.service ip6tables.service ipset.service nftables.service docker.service
systemctl enable --now fail2ban
fail2ban-client status mailu


yay -S telegraf
# Global tags can be specified here in key="value" format. [global_tags] # Configuration for telegraf agent [agent] interval = "15s" round_interval = true metric_batch_size = 1000 metric_buffer_limit = 10000 collection_jitter = "0s" flush_interval = "10s" flush_jitter = "0s" precision = "" hostname = "" omit_hostname = false # Read InfluxDB-formatted JSON metrics from one or more HTTP endpoints [[outputs.influxdb]] urls = [""] database = "<db>" username = "<user>" password = "<password>" # Read metrics about cpu usage [[inputs.cpu]] percpu = true totalcpu = true collect_cpu_time = false report_active = false # Read metrics about disk usage by mount point [[inputs.disk]] ignore_fs = ["tmpfs", "devtmpfs", "devfs", "iso9660", "overlay", "aufs", "squashfs"] # Read metrics about disk IO by device [[inputs.diskio]] # Get kernel statistics from /proc/stat [[inputs.kernel]] # Read metrics about memory usage [[inputs.mem]] # Get the number of processes and group them by status [[inputs.processes]] # Read metrics about system load & uptime [[inputs.system]] # Read metrics about network interface usage [[]] interfaces = ["enp5s0"] # Read metrics about docker containers [[inputs.docker]] endpoint = "unix:///var/run/docker.sock" perdevice = false total = true [[inputs.fail2ban]] interval = "15m" use_sudo = true # Pulls statistics from nvidia GPUs attached to the host [[inputs.nvidia_smi]] timeout = "30s" [[inputs.http_response]] interval = "5m" urls = [ "" ] # Monitor sensors, requires lm-sensors package [[inputs.sensors]] interval = "60s" remove_numbers = false # Run executable as long-running input plugin [[inputs.execd]] interval = "15s" command = ["/"] name_override = "metrics" signal = "STDIN" restart_delay = "20s" data_format = "logfmt"
Cmnd_Alias FAIL2BAN = /usr/bin/fail2ban-client status, /usr/bin/fail2ban-client status * telegraf ALL=(root) NOEXEC: NOPASSWD: FAIL2BAN Defaults!FAIL2BAN !logfile, !syslog, !pam_session
chmod 440 /etc/sudoers.d/telegraf
usermod -aG docker telegraf
telegraf -config /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf -test
systemctl enable --now telegraf


Dynamic DNS for Cloudflare.

yay -S cfddns sendmail
token: <token> notification: enabled: true from: cfddns@localhost to:
systemctl enable --now cfddns


pacman -S restic
[Unit] Description=Daily Backup Service [Service] Type=simple Nice=19 IOSchedulingClass=2 IOSchedulingPriority=7 ExecStart=/etc/backup/
[Unit] Description=Daily Backup Timer [Timer] WakeSystem=false OnCalendar=*-*-* 14:00 RandomizedDelaySec=5min [Install]
#!/bin/bash -ue # export RESTIC_REPOSITORY=/path/to/backup export RESTIC_PASSWORD=<passphrase> export RESTIC_PROGRESS_FPS=1 # system restic backup --tag system -v \ --one-file-system \ --exclude .cache \ --exclude .venv \ --exclude .vscode-server \ --exclude .vscode-server-insiders \ --exclude TabNine \ --exclude node_modules \ --exclude /var/lib/docker/overlay2 \ / /boot # data restic backup --tag data -v \ --exclude 'appdata_*/preview' \ --exclude 'appdata_*/dav-photocache' \ /mnt/data # prune restic forget --prune --group-by tags \ --keep-within-daily 7d \ --keep-within-weekly 1m \ --keep-within-monthly 3m # verify restic check
chmod 700 /etc/backup/
ln -sf /etc/backup/restic.{service,timer} /etc/systemd/system/
systemctl enable --now restic


pacman -S kubeadm kubelet kubectl
systemctl enable --now kubelet
kubeadm init --pod-network-cidr=''
cp /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf ~/.kube/config

kubectl taint nodes --all # to allow allocating pods to the master node

# setup flannel network manager
kubectl apply -f

# setup nginx ingress controller

kubectl cluster-info
kubectl get nodes
kubectl get pods -A
kubectl get cm -n kube-system kubeadm-config -o yaml

wildcard certs

pacman -S certbot certbot-dns-cloudflare
echo "dns_cloudflare_api_token = <token>" > ~/.secrets/certbot/cloudflare.ini
chmod 600 ~/.secrets/certbot/cloudflare.ini
certbot certonly \
  --email \
  --agree-tos \
  --dns-cloudflare \
  --dns-cloudflare-credentials ~/.secrets/certbot/cloudflare.ini \
  -d "*"
openssl x509 -in /etc/letsencrypt/live/ -text
certbot certificates
[Unit] Description=Let's Encrypt renewal [Service] Type=oneshot ExecStart=/usr/bin/certbot renew --quiet --agree-tos --deploy-hook "docker exec nginx-proxy-le /app/signal_le_service"
[Unit] Description=Twice daily renewal of Let's Encrypt's certificates [Timer] OnCalendar=0/12:00:00 RandomizedDelaySec=1h Persistent=true [Install]


pacman -S alsa-utils # maybe requires reboot
usermod -aG audio <user>

# list devices as root
aplay -l
arecord -L
cat /proc/asound/cards

# test speaker
speaker-test -c2

# test mic
arecord -vv -Dhw:2,0 -fS32_LE mic.wav
aplay mic.wav

# gui mixer

# for
pacman -S pulseaudio pulsemixer
pulseaudio --start
pacmd list-cards
# INPUT/RECORD load-module module-alsa-source device="default" tsched=1 # OUTPUT/PLAYBACK load-module module-alsa-sink device="default" tsched=1 # Accept clients -- very important load-module module-native-protocol-unix load-module module-native-protocol-tcp
pcm.mic { type hw card M96k rate 44100 format S32_LE } pcm.speaker { type plug slave { pcm "hw:1,0" } } pcm.!default { type asym capture.pcm "mic" playback.pcm "speaker" } #defaults.pcm.card 1 #defaults.ctl.card 1


pacman -S firewalld

See Introduction to Netfilter – To Linux and beyond !.


quick checkups

htop # show task overview
systemctl --failed # show failed units
free -h # show memory usage
lsblk -f # show disk usage
networkctl status # show network status
userdbctl # show users
nvidia-smi # verify nvidia cards
ps aux | grep "defunct" # find zombie processes

analyze logs

journalctl -p err -b-1 -r # show error logs from previous boot in reverse order
journalctl -u sshd -f # tail logs from sshd unit
journalctl --no-pager -n 25 -k # show latest 25 logs from the kernel without pager
journalctl --since=yesterday --until "2020-07-10 15:10:00" # show logs within specific time range
journalctl CONTAINER_NAME=service_web_1 # show error from docker container named 'service_web_1'
journalctl _PID=2434 -e # filter logs based on PID and jump to the end of the logs
journalctl -g 'timed out' # filter logs based on regular expression. if the pattern is all lowercase, matching is case insensitive
g - go to the first line
G - go to the last line
/ - search for the string

force override installation

pacman -S <pkg> --overwrite '*'

fs issue checklist

smartctl -H /dev/sdd

# umount before this ops
e2fsck -C 0 -p /dev/sdd1 # preen
e2fsck -C 0 -cc /dev/sdd1 # badblocks

Common Issues

Longer SSH login (D-bus glitch)

systemctl restart systemd-logind
systemctl restart polkit

Annoying systemd-homed is not available log messages

Move pam_unix before pam_systemd_home.

#%PAM-1.0 auth required preauth # Optionally use requisite above if you do not want to prompt for the password # on locked accounts. auth [success=2 default=ignore] try_first_pass nullok -auth [success=1 default=ignore] auth [default=die] authfail auth optional auth required auth required authsucc # If you drop the above call to the lock will be done also # on non-consecutive authentication failures. account [success=1 default=ignore] -account required account optional account required password [success=1 default=ignore] try_first_pass nullok shadow -password required password optional session required session required session optional

Annoying systemd-journald-audit log


Missing /dev/nvidia-{uvm*,modeset}

This occurs after updating linux kernel.

  • Run docker run --rm --gpus all --device /dev/nvidia0 --device /dev/nvidiactl --device /dev/nvidia-modeset --device /dev/nvidia-uvm --device /dev/nvidia-uvm-tools -it nvidia/cuda:10.2-cudnn7-runtime nvidia-smi once.

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