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, 2013 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, 2013 at 17:23
  • This is only my assumptions, but images are never older than 1-3 months. Feb 6, 2013 at 17:25
  • Any reason not to try it and see?
    – Kevin
    Feb 6, 2013 at 17:26
  • @Eddy_Em Uninstalling systemd is not a helpful, or realistic, suggestion: initscripts are no longer supported...
    – jasonwryan
    Feb 6, 2013 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.
    – user732
    Feb 6, 2013 at 17:56

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