Recent successes with installing arch linux led me to install it again on a small computer I have. Arch linux is already a very light install, and I wanted to try to keep it that way since this computer is not very powerful. I only put in openbox.
I installed gdm as a display manager since it is easy to install and use, and it works well with openbox. However, I ran into a hitch when I went to log in. I logged in OK, and then it took me back to the log in screen. Again. And again.
Then I realized that I had forgotten to add xorg and the x11 screen mangers. But I couldn’t log in? What to to?
USB to the rescue!!
I grabbed the installation USB and booted it up. I went through a lot of the same steps as the install. I set up the keys (loadkeys) since I have a Japanese keyboard, and then I set up the internet connection. After that I made a few directories and mounted the partitions on the hard disk.
The next step - chroot in to the computer system - was easy. Then it was pacman to the rescue. I quickly installed the x11 set up. This was easy asI was already root. Then I dashed out and restarted the computer
Voila! It was going beautifully. Now I am getting a few ideas for configuring openbox and making it a bit more user friendly with this site. It iw beautiful! I especially love the xfce-panel.