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Re: please summarize amd64 installation steps

When I did a fresh install of Debian amd64 (couple years ago?) I
booted from a live CD (ubuntu has a 64 bit live CD) and did everything
from there. ie. partition the disk, create a chroot to where you want
the deb root partition, install debootstrap etc and go from there.

If you are that hesitant about doing an installation yourself, why
don't you just download a copy of Ubuntu for amd64. I have computers
running both. the differences are minor, but the installation is
completely painless with Ubuntu, whereas I have never been able to say
that about Debian. With Ubuntu the installation is pretty automated
and lots of things just work ... things that I have to fight to get
working in Debian (realplayer anyone?).


On 5/22/06, Francesco Pietra <frapietra@alice.it> wrote:
Hi all:
I have followed with particular attention in the last few days all issues on
this list related to amd64 debian installation. Just because I have now
finally everything ready for a fresh installation on a fresh ready
workstation equipped with Tyan K8WE S2895 (bearing video card Pixelview 6600
256M DDR DVI and a scsi card for external devices), a couple of dual amd64
opteron, and a couple of 300GB SATA HD.

For the benefit of poor guys like me who rarely carry out software
installations, could you please check my projected route, and its sequence,
for suitability/correctness?

1) Start with debian installer
Debian testing amd64 Bin-1/ISO9660 [93 MB] (CD-ROM waiting on my machine)
burned from
debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso [93.4 MB]
as downloaded yesterday from

2)Follow substantially a netinstall according to Roberto's howto

3)Establish raid1. To this regard, I am at "Today 21:19:28" directions by
Alexander Siek. I understand Alexander has positively answered all (nearly
all?) criticism by Goswin. However, I must confess that i use a pc with
debian testing/unstable but I never established a raid before. Therefore, I
only hope to be able to follow Alexander's indications but it would be better
for me to read before some general instructions as to establish a raid1. I
have none yet.

4)Install 32b applications into a chroot as indicated in both Roberto's howto
above and, for what I need, ie not sound) in
without, however, following step
1.4) You also need a link to your 32bit linker in the /lib path:
 $ cd /lib
 $ ln -s /var/sid-386-chroot/lib/ld-linux.so.2 ld-linux.so.2
because I read somewhere that installed libraries are linked per se.

I hope the kernel provided supports my mainboard and I wish myself good luck.
But there cannot be good luck without some guidance. Thanks a lot

francesco pietra

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