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I am following the Install from existing Linux guide to install Arch Linux to a USB from a 64bit host machine which runs Arch Linux as well. I need the target installation to be 32bit as it needs to run on an older hardware.

How do I make pacstrap install a 32bit version of Arch Linux onto my machine?

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This does it:

sudo linux32 pacstrap /mnt base

If your host system has multilibs enabled then copy the pacman.conf to pacman-32.conf, comment out multilibs and run as

sudo linux32 pacstrap -C pacman-32.conf /mnt base
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