After a couple of false starts, I got Debian Sarge installed.
The installer script seemed to work perfectly. The problems I had were
not caused by the script, but maybe I could suggest ways the script
could help for those?
First problem. My ISP has a policy that all connections are for two
hours, then you're kicked off and have to re-dial in. While downloading
the extra packages (724 of them!) I repeatedly had to allow aptitude to
fail in order to get to the menu to reconnect. Could there possibly be
a way to catch the pppd "error" (I think the code is 16) when my ISP
(and others here in the UK... it seems to be the "done thing") kicks me
off and a pop-up come to ask if I want to reconnect? Then aptitude
could go on its merry way without having to fail, possibly putting the
interrupted download at the back of the queue.
Second problem. The downloading of the extra packages. As I mentioned,
aptitude downloaded 724 packages to make my desktop. That's 506MB. At
modem speeds, it took 43 hours to download. The alternative is to pick
your packages in aptitude. I'm not experienced enough to do that.
Could there possibly be a granularity between all and individual package
selection? And a way to restart the script which doesn't wipe out all
the packages that were downloaded previously? That way, I could have
rebooted into Windows and checked my e-mail... and also not tied my
machine up to a single task for that amount of time. I originally
started the install on Monday of last week. I don't have 24/7 access,
only evenings and weekends so I would have been running this script for
4 days.... I ended up waiting until the weekend to do it.
As I said, the script seemed to do what it was designed to do. It's
external factors that caused the problems I faced...
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