I'm trying to install Arch-Linux from a USB stick. I copied the iso onto the stick using Unetbootin and made changes to the syslinux file as per the wiki. But the installation throws up a "mount: you need to specify a filesystem type" error. I don't know how to get around this. Any help will be much appreciated.
You probably forgot to format your partitions first. Assuming
/dev/sda is your hard drive (where you wish to install Arch) :
$ fdisk /dev/sda [create your partitions using fdisk]
More information about fdisk here. Then just use
mkfs to format them all. Here are two examples creating
$ mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1 $ mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2 $ # ...
mount should be able to detect your filesystems correctly.
$ mount /dev/sda1 /mnt $ mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/home $ # ...
Otherwise, just specify them explicitly:
$ mount -text4 /dev/sda1 /mnt $ mount -text4 /dev/sda2 /mnt/home $ # ...
From the man page:
-t, --types vfstype The argument following the -t is used to indicate the filesystem type. The filesystem types which are currently supported include: adfs, affs, autofs, cifs, coda, coherent, cramfs, debugfs, devpts, efs, ext, ext2, ext3, ext4, hfs, hfsplus, hpfs, iso9660, jfs, minix, msdos, ncpfs, nfs, nfs4, ntfs, proc, qnx4, ramfs, reiserfs, romfs, squashfs, smbfs, sysv, tmpfs, ubifs, udf, ufs, umsdos, usbfs, vfat, xenix, xfs, xiafs.
Yet, if everything before that has been done correctly, it should not be necessary.
Edit: it seems like your facing this
mount problems earlier than expected. You should probably have a look at this other answer here. Just read the first part: Booting safely on a USB image. Just make sure you copied the ISO correctly (I don't recommend Unetbootin), and that your USB drive isn't messed up. Also make sure your ISO was successfully downloaded by checking its size and maybe its md5 checksum.