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Re: Fwd: Call for Debian Installer testing, before D-I Beta1 release

* [Rod Whitby] 

> See the last two sections on this page:
>  http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Debian/BuildImage
> for how to do this.

Using a slightly modified version of the script on this page and the
2008-02-09 build of the armel installer[1], I was able to successfully
install Debian Unstable using Martin Michlmayr's instructions[2].

The modifications I made to the script from the wiki was:

* Comment out the dkpg-deb line for unpacking nic-modules, as the
  package was already included in the D-I image.

* Change the kernel version in the depmod call.
  (I suppose I could have commented out the depmod call, as it's
  probably no longer necessary due to the modification above).

I diverged from Martin's instructions only in one point, as I selected
"ext3-modules" in addition to the documented partman-auto, partman-ext3
and usb-storage-modules.

As is apparently a known "feature" of the 2.6.24-2 version of the kernel
package, the network driver did not autoload at boot.  I fixed this by
putting the USB drive into a different computer and adding "ixp4xx_eth"
to /etc/modules.  I understand this happens automatically in later
versions of the kernel package.

Unless I should suddenly receive a "Cease and Desist" letter from Intel,
the modified installer image (microcode included) will be available[3]
for a while so that interested people might save a little time.

I hope this installation report is of use for someone, be that
developers or other curious users like myself :)



[1] Found it here:
    (first hit for "google:debian-installer daily armel")

[2] http://www.cyrius.com/debian/nslu2/install.html

[3] http://oysteivi.tihlde.org/di-nslu2-ixp4xx_npe-2008-02-09-microcode.bin
    (If you found this posting in a web search and the date is much
    later than February 2008, do not be surprised if the image is
    removed or the install fails due to changes in the archive).
ssh -c rot13 otherhost

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