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https://bbs.archlinux.org – There's no any easier way that what you have already described however I tend to daisy chain my x86_64 and i686 so that I can chroot the i686 under x86_64 and then I have access to 32-bit chroot, (not that I use it all that much).   But then you can also make a slight change to your i686 kernel and make it available (with some other installed services), a PXE bootable image for some other device you have laying around. nomorewindows https://bbs.archlinux.org/profile.php?id=35664 2012-10-11T14:19:28Z (HowTos)