Re: Problems with debian install
On Thu, Oct 14, 2004 at 09:00:21AM +0530, Vikas Rawal wrote:
> But Sarge seems to be available only for netinstall. I am going to have
> to install debian (if it succeeds) on a number of machines in a computer
> lab. Netinstall is no good for that. I want to do it with the full set
> of CDs.
You probably will never need much of the stuff on the seven CDs. Debian
contains many pre-compiled packages of user software which fill most of
the space. For Sarge, the number of CDs will be even larger once it is
If you are intending to set up a computer lab, do you have plans to network
the computers and give them any access to the internet? If you plan to
network them, you should consider the following approach:
1. Do a netinstall of Sarge on the computer that will be the administrator/
2. Install apt-proxy on this computer. Set it up to get packages from a
nearby Debian repository (i.e. not half way around the World).
3. Adjust /etc/apt/sources.list to get Debian packages through this proxy.
3a. Install some more packages to ensure that your proxy is working properly.
4. For the next machine, make netinstall address its requests for downloads
to the local apt-proxy. The proxy will retain copies of everything that
is needed for all subsequent machines.
5. Continue to do netinstall on all subsequent machines. These installs will
procede at local area network (LAN) speed, which is almost as fast as reading
from a CD, and does not involve any delays as you switch from one CD to the
If this doesn't make sense, ask questions and I will attempt to clarify.
> I downloaded the CD ISO images from the website of debian
> (http://www.debian.org/distrib/cd). The website does not say that they
> are distributing "woody". I know about the stable, testing, unstable
> versions of debian. But this particular page does not even mention which
> is the one that I got. In fact, I was under the impression that in 7
> huge isos that I had to download, I would have pretty much gotten
> everything. That is obviously not true.
> Clive Menzies wrote:
> >On (13/10/04 16:16), Vikas Rawal wrote:
> >>I am new to debian but have some experience with Redhat 9.
> >>I would like to install debian on a Compaq PIII machine. I have the 7
> >>CDs (downloaded ISOs and burnt CDs without trouble). But when I try to
> >>install, pretty soon it gives a message to the effect that debootstrap
> >>returned an error (1) and brings me back to a menu from where there is
> >>nowhere to go.
> >>This obviously does not look like enough information to be able to say
> >>very much on the issue. But may be somebody will be able to give me a
> >>lead to follow and tell me where to look for the solution.
> >Hi Vikas
> >It sounds as though you are installing "woody" which is the current
> >stable version. You might have better luck with "sarge" which is the
> >current testing release soon to go stable.
> >Have a look at:
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