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I have followed the instructions at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Installation_guide when installing ArchLinux on an older computer.

I have no wired connections available and the installation was done using Wifi. However when I try to start the wifi-menu after the installation I'm prompted about the Dialog package. Of course I can't install it without internet connection (I can't even use pacman -Sy).

I reboot and use the CD. When I want to install the dialog package it says it's already installed. I install it anyway and when I reboot the computer has no idea what I'm on about when I try to launch wifi-menu; it asks for the Dialog package again - that needs to be downloaded.

How do you get out of this Catch21 situation?

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  • when you boot back in using the CD are you using arch-chroot to get back inside your locally installed environment? otherwise you're inside the environment of the installation media
    – sam
    Nov 6, 2015 at 17:43
  • I am using arch-chroot. However now that you mention it, I have no idea if I'm "chrooting" to the right place. How would you check that? I'm inside the \mnt directory if that clears anything up.
    – V.Vocor
    Nov 6, 2015 at 17:45
  • Be sure that you've mounted your partition(s) and that you are arch-chrooting into the correct place. When you chroot in, does your filesystem look correct ? If you've installed along with (or similar to) the beginners guide your command will look something similar to arch-chroot /mnt /bin/bash though the second arg is just to set your shell
    – sam
    Nov 6, 2015 at 17:49
  • Trying arch-chroot /mnt /bin/bash.
    – V.Vocor
    Nov 6, 2015 at 17:52
  • Sam, you are the best! It works now.
    – V.Vocor
    Nov 6, 2015 at 17:57

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Be sure that you've mounted your partition(s) and that you are arch-chrooting into the correct place. When you chroot in, does your filesystem look correct ? If you've installed along with (or similar to) the beginners guide your command will look something similar to arch-chroot /mnt /bin/bash though the second arg is just to set your shell.

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