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Are there any issues when installing Arch Linux with an old ISO image? Generally all packages are downloaded from mirrors during installation, but I want to be sure.

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How old is the iso image? –  schaiba Feb 6 '13 at 17:22
    
If the image is last-year, you can install all. You'd only need to manually correct some problems and make a downgrade to uninstall systemd. –  Eddy_Em Feb 6 '13 at 17:23
    
This is only my assumptions, but images are never older than 1-3 months. –  Mateusz Jagiełło Feb 6 '13 at 17:25
    
Any reason not to try it and see? –  Kevin Feb 6 '13 at 17:26
    
@Eddy_Em Uninstalling systemd is not a helpful, or realistic, suggestion: initscripts are no longer supported... –  jasonwryan Feb 6 '13 at 17:28
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It depends how old the image is. You should read the News on the Arch Linux home page to see what has changed since the image you are proposing to use. For example, anything older than October 2012 is pre-systemd.

Having said that, Arch is a rolling release and if you cannot readily obtain up-to-date installation media, then you will probably struggle maintaining it. If at all possible, download the current image and install from that.

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Agreed. The change to systemd seemed pretty drastic. Get the most up-to-date ISO you can, just to avoid having to do the complicated switch to systemd. –  Bruce Ediger Feb 6 '13 at 17:56
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