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

On Thu, Feb 07, 2002 at 08:51:49PM +0100, Martin Waitz wrote:
> 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
> http://http.us.debian.org:80/debian.dists/woody/Release'
I don't know what the current status of this bug is. It was a known
issue in 3.0.18.
> (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.

The non-.tgz basedebs was a last-minute change, boot-floppies has now
been patched to match and the next release will work.

> 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 ;)

Definitely. These problems installing from hard disk should be fixed
in 3.0.20 (or current cvs).

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