Thursday, 8 August 2019

Setting up bonding with LACP using the ip command in Linux

This can be accomplished quite quickly with the IP command if you only need it temporarily:

ip link add bond0 type bond
ip link set bond0 down
ip link set bond0 type bond mode 802.3ad
ip link set enp1s0 down
ip link set enp1s0 master bond0
ip link set enp2s0 down
ip link set enp2s0 master bond0
ip link set bond0 up

and to remove the bonding we can issue:

ip link del bond0
ip link set enp1s0 up
ip link set enp2s0 up

Quickstart: Installing Arch Linux 2019.X

Firstly download the latest iso image from one of the mirrors below:
and then write it to your preferred media:
dd bs=8M if=archlinux-xxxx.xx.xx-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdX | sync
Upon booting the image select the default selection to boot Arch.

This will get you into the system under the root user.

The setup portion is a Gentoo style approach of efffectively 'assembling' the system yourself.

From here we'll firstly partition the disks:
sdX               8:0    0 1000G  0 disk 

In this example we'll create three partitions - one for the root fs, another for our home fs and finally one for swap.
parted -a optimal /dev/sdXhyu
mktable gpt
mkpart ESP boot fat32 0% 500MB
mkpart root ext4 500MB 250000MB
mkpart home ext4 250GB 750GB
mkpart swap ext4 750GB 800GB
set 1 boot on
Create the filesystems with:
mkfs.msdos /dev/sdX1
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX2
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX3
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX4
mkswap /dev/sdX4
swapon /dev/sdX4
Proceed by mounting the file systems:
mount -t auto /dev/sdX2 /mnt
mkdir -P /mnt/boot/EFI && mount -t auto /dev/SdX1 /mnt/boot/EFI
mkdir /mnt/home && mount -t auto /dev/SdX3 /mnt/home
We'll need the network setup at this point so we can access the arch repo's:
and then pull down all the nessasery compontents for the root fs:
pacstrap /mnt base base-devel
Once complete we'll need to generate the fstab for the new system:
genfstab -U /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab
and then change our root password by chrooting into the new system along with the hostname:
arch-chroot /mnt
hostname arch-box
We'll also configure regional and time settings with:
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/<region>/<city> /etc/localtime
hwclock --systohc
printf "LANG=en_GB.UTF-8" > /etc/locale.conf
export LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
I'm going to use KDE Plasma for the desktop environment:
pacman -S xorg xorg-server xorg-xinit plasma-meta sddm
Finally we will configure grub:
pacman -S grub efibootmgr dosfstools os-prober mtools
grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/EFI --bootloader-id=grub_uefi --recheck
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Exit the jail:
and restart:
shutdown -r now
Once booted into the new OS we'll setup the network configuration - for this example I'll be setting up DHCP.

With Arch we have a few options for network configuration - either netctl or networkd (a newer component.)
vi /etc/netctl/enp2s0
Description=LAN interface
Ensure the interface will come up on boot by issuing:
netctl enable enp2s0
Enable and start the DHCP service with:
systemctl enable dhcpcd
systemctl start dhcpcd
and then attempt to start the interface with:
netctl start enp2s0