Someone asked on IRC a few weeks back how to do this. I asked to mail the question to the list, but that never happened (which IMO is silly). Anyway, I happened to be thinking about that yesterday and thought I'd just spontaneously share my thoughts with you. As always in D-I there are a few thousand possible solutions, ranging from ugly hacks to elegant written code. My suggestion would be to use an elegant hack, at least for the time being. The only problem is during installation. During build, assuming the build host points to d-ports, everything should work fine. During installation you basically want to avoid displaying the mirror list. But you also want to allow users to use a local mirror. Easiest solution for that is probably to use "initrd preseeding" . This should do the above and avoid the need to modify any components. The preseed file should contain the following three lines (ignoring security mirrors for now as you only have unstable): d-i mirror/country string manual d-i mirror/http/hostname string debian-ports.org d-i mirror/http/hostname seen false The first line ensures that the country list is not displayed. The last two lines ensure that the hostname _is_ asked, but has the correct default. The preseed file can be included in the images by using a mechanism that was in place for the Etch installer, but which has been dropped in trunk. Check out installer/build from the etch branch, and see the unstable.cfg file and grep for "PRESEED_SUITE". IMO it should be no problem to again add something like that for d-ports. The variable (DEBIAN_PORTS maybe?) could simply be set in config/m68k.cfg. Cheers, FJP http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/apbs01.html#preseed-methods http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/apbs02.html#preseed-loading
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