Bug#134216: Woody install needs basedebs.tgz, not basedebs.tar .
This is a plain vanilla i386-type system.
Being an old Debian hat, I have a somewhat chaotic system.
Mostly potato, quite a bit woody, but some is still "slink"
and I might even have some "hamm" remainders lurking in
dark corners. So, I now want start from scratch and make a
clean installation of Woody on a new partition.
I have a somewhat complicated network setup (ADSL).
So I grabbed the neccessary stuff beforehand, namely boot
and root floppy, as well as drivers.tgz and basedebs.tar,
parked them on my hard drive and then started the
installation, by booting from the boot and root floppies.
When it came to the point where the base system was to be
installed, the installation system looked for the file
"basedebs.tgz" on the harddrive. Alas, all I had was
"basedebs.tar". The installation system didn't find that
So I changed to the other console and did a quick
gzip < basedebs.tar > basedebs.tgz
which cured the problem.
I suggest you should offer basedebs.tgz rather than
basedebs.tar on the ftp-Server. (So, this is not a problem
with the floppies themselves, maybe I have the package
Here is where the .tar - File is from:
$ ftp ftp.de.debian.org
Connected to ftp.de.debian.org.
220 ProFTPD 1.2.4 Server (FTP-Server ftp.de.debian.org, Germany) [ftp.de.debian.org]
Name (ftp.de.debian.org:andreas): anonymous
331 Anonymous login ok, send your complete email address as your password.
Welcome to ftp.de.debian.org,
running at dept. of CS, Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
If have any unusual problems,
please report them via e-mail to: email@example.com
230 Anonymous access granted, restrictions apply.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> cd /debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386/base-images-20020127
250 CWD command successful.
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for file list.
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 26736640 Jan 27 18:05 basedebs.tar
drwxr-xr-x 2 ftp ftp 4096 Jan 27 18:08 images-1.44
226 Quotas off
Regards, and many thanks for providing fine software,
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