Re: Questions about installing from net-install CD
On Saturday 11 August 2007 04:39, kaldrenon shared this with us all:
>--} Hey all. I just installed etch onto my Dell Inspiron B130 laptop using
>--} the net-install CD that I got at http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/
>--} Given the description of the installer on the website, I had been
>--} under the impression that when I ran the install I'd be able to choose
>--} packages from Debian's (rather massive) list, but that instead of
>--} having to burn 21 CDs I'd be able to download and install the packages
>--} of my choice during the install process. However, when I ran the
>--} install, I didn't get a chance to choose any of these packages - I got
>--} a simple dialog with options like Print Server, Mail Server, and Web
>--} Server, but nothing like a list that would have taken 21 CDs to hold.
>--} My primary question is, did I misunderstand what the net-install was
>--} meant to do? I had thought it would give me access to the full package
>--} list via downloads - does it not do that? Or did I do something wrong
>--} during the install?
>--} Recommendations and tips are appreciated - I'm fairly new to the *nix
>--} world, so feel free to assume I know nothing, beyond what 'ls' does.
>--} Thanks in advance,
When you run the net install CD you go through all the things they ask, and
you can, if you desire <Install Software> when the installer comes to that
place, or you can just jump to installing grub or lilo and it will do that,
and then go to finish the installation. I have never used the Install
Software option, but I have looked at it once in Woody and I think it selects
a software group rather than individual packages?
I assume that you have run through all the detect:- network hardware, disks
After reboot, which is where <finish> takes you after it has ejected your net
install CD. You can place it back into the CD/DVD drive because it will be
needed again. Log into your shell as root, because that is the user that can
From this point on, you can select the individual packages you want. Some of
these are mega packages as well, and they will declare what they are going to
install if you use:- apt-get install <package>
I usually install <less> first <apt-get install less>
From then on, you can <apt-cache search <what you want> | less. What you want
might be a <window-manager> or just <wm> or just <xorg> or anything you want
to try. By piping this command through <less> you can scroll up and down
through the list that the search command brings up, and read about and find
what you want.
The dependencies will be installed, and you will get a list of suggested
packages at the same time. Check if they will help you with or enhance the
package you've installed, before you install them as well.
Hope that helps.
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