I know this may sound sily but I don't how to open install.txt. I tried 'w3m install.txt' and '_w3m install.txt' but still don't open. Can someone specify the code to do this?

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    .txt files are openend with a text editor: try nano install.txt. w3m is a web browser, try w3m https://wiki.archlinux.org.
    – jasonwryan
    Mar 10, 2013 at 17:29
  • thank you for help. I was told I can open install.txt with w3m
    – daniel
    Mar 10, 2013 at 18:29

1 Answer 1


You could use any of the following methods to view the installer

  • less install.txt
  • more install.txt
  • vi install.txt

Or if you have access to the internet from within the installer you can also switch to a different tty <ALT>+<F2-F6> and launch elinks http://wiki.archlinux.org/ (elinks is terminal web-browser). Then you can reference the wiki articles while keeping your installation on tty1 (<ALT>+<F1>).

The installation media also has irssi (irc client) preloaded on it. Feel free to join #archlinux on freenode.net for live support during the installation.

If you want keep irc open on tty3 browser one tty2, and installation on tty1.

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    Upvoted, but vi install.txt? Really? That could be misconstrued as cruel and inhuman...
    – jasonwryan
    Mar 10, 2013 at 23:46
  • I couldn't agree with you any more. I figured the user would be satisfied with less install.txt the first one and not even worry about trying the other two. But if he gets to vi install.txt he'll see why it's listed last.
    – cinelli
    Mar 10, 2013 at 23:49
  • @cinelli great! I've learned a lot of useful things from you answer .
    – daniel
    Mar 11, 2013 at 11:30

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