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Re: Bug#121177: boot-floppies: can't install dpkg

On Sun, Nov 25, 2001 at 09:29:06PM -0800, ieure@sickfuck.org wrote:
> Package: boot-floppies
> Version: 3.0.17-2001-11-18
> Severity: critical
> trying to install debian "woody" on my test machine (386DX-40, 8mb ram) results
> in this error (on tty4):
> -- snip --
> Preparing to replace dpkg 1.9.18 (using .../archives/dpkg_1.9.18_i386.deb) ...
> Unpacking replacement dpkg ...
> dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
> dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/dpkg_1.9.18_i386.deb (--install): subprocess dpkg-deb --fsys-tarfile returned error exit status 2
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  /var/cache/apt/archives/dpkg_1.9.18_i386.deb
> -- snip --

8MB RAM is not be enough for woody, it's a 12MB minimum according to
the install manual for i386. Have you tried the potato installation?

> the installation system reports: "Failure trying to run: chroot /target dpkg"
> then: "debootstrap exited with an error (return value 1)"
> at which point it takes me back to the b-f menu where i can try to install the
> base system again.
> i'm installing on to a 4gb ide drive; it's partitioned with a 50mb /boot, a
> 16mb swap partition, and the rest on the root. i'm installing over the network
> with a 3c509 isa board, from bigfoot.eecs.umich.edu. i'm connected to the 'net
> via dsl.

Maybe increasing your swap partition could help with the memory
problem, but more RAM is needed to run any kind of graphic programs.
The low-memory install was abandoned some time ago, but I think potato
might work.

> this bug may actually belong to dpkg.
> incidentially, it would be _great_ if the .debs that were downloaded were used
> if i tried the installation again; i got the error once, then tried it again.
> the installer downloaded all the packages _again_. this is not a Nice Thing(tm)
> to do, considering that it takes well over an hour to download & verify all
> those packages on such a slow system.

I've researched this. On a slow computer, it seems like it's
downloading the files again. In reality it's verifying them, and
another bug makes that extremely slow on a slow machine. It's being

As the problem with the install is most likely due to low memory, and
the second problem is understood and in work, I'm closing this
bug. Thanks for your report.

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