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Bug#132838: boot-floppies: cannot install base system

Package: boot-floppies
Version: 3.0.18; reported 2002-02-07
Severity: normal

hi :)

i am installing debian woody next to a win98

i downloaded  install.bat, dosutils/*, linux, drivers.tar.gz and started
the installation from the dos mode of windows

partitioning and installing kernel and modules from the downloaded
files went fine, network configured sucessfull via dhcp.

when trying to install the base system from network,
i always get 'Error: Malformed release file

(with standard settings of the InstallationServer:
Download URL = http://http.us.debian.org/debian,
changing that to local servers -- ftp or http --
does not work eighter)

i then found a basedebs.tar in http://ftp2.de.debian.org/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386/base-images-20020127/
which i downloaded to /target/home via wget on the second console.
as the installer needs basedebs.tgz, i gzipped it, too.

i tried to install it via 'mouted':
the 'Choose Directory' dialog does not allow me to enter any directory
name, if i just press enter, it clears the text input field without
doing anything else, if i use the cursor keys to navigate to the OK
button and press enter afterwards, it says 'Directory Error: The
supplied directory /home does not exist. Please enter a new one.'
(same for /target/home, which really does exist!)
hmm, one correction: now it acts like pressing OK even when simply
pressing return, perhaps the ok button is not focused/made default
on dialog creation?

the only selection possible is / or empty, going on to 'Select Debian
Archive path'. of course 'list' does not work, so i use 'manually'

i get presented the dialog 'Enter the Archive directory: Please enter
the name of the directory that contains the Archive files. The
installation medium is mounted below /instmnt//.'
(well, nothing is mounted below /instmnt here, but anyways... ;)
i enter /target/home, and hey, it works

but it really was more difficult than it should ;)

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux pergament 2.4.16-pergament0 #1 Die Nov 27 23:33:53 CET 2001 i686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro

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