Re: Woody Installation
Giuseppe Sacco wrote:
> First a quick introduction.
> The debian installer you used will probably be superceded by a new
> installer that is being written from scratch, i.e. it is not an
> improuvement of the dbootstrap code you are using. If you are courious
> you could probably try it from CVS:
Will look into that (as well as dbootstrap).
> 1. The documentation about the sb module and all its arguments is
> Of course the actual path will be different for a different kernel
> 3. To setup the modules after the installation of Debian you need to
> create a file in /etc/modutils/. The files already there will be
> useful for understanding how they work. You still have more
> documentation on this in
> In that document you will find how to know what parameters a module
> needs (/sbin/modinfo -p sb)
Now that I have found the kernel source on the BINARY CDs I can go on.
> 4. About the cdrom mount point. I *think* that Debian have a 'preferred'
> cdrom. Once you have a system set up, you should make a link from
> your /dev/sr0 to /dev/cdrom. In this way every program that try to
> access your cdrom will find it in /dev/cdrom regardless of which is
> your real cdrom device (scsi, ide, ...)
> The usual mount point for the cdrom in /cdrom. After Debian is
> installed you usually find a line like this one in /etc/fstab
> /dev/cdrom /cdrom iso9660 defaults,ro,user,exec,noauto
I would like to have apt read from /mnt/cd32. Which file do I have to
tweak now? I. e. whre does apt store ist predilection for /cdrom or is
it compiled in?
> 5. The ide-scsi. Some program require a SCSI device. The ide-scsi
> software emulate the SCSI interface on an IDE device. If you need to
> activate it then you have to load the module *AND* use an argument
> during the loading of the linux kernel (i.e. in LILO or grub). If you
> do not set the argument for ide-scsi during boot then you do not have
> to worry about it. It is probably opened by some program but will not
> actually work since you did not provide the argument. An example of
> the argument is hdc=ide-scsi that means: create a faked SCSI device
> controller and a fakes device chain and a faked SCSI disk device that
> the emulator should map to the hdc device.
I have 3 SCSI CD-ROMs and a SCSI harddisk, so most programs should be
No compiling a no kernel, ide-scsi will be dead. Never had any problems
befor w/o it.
> 6. About the matrox driver. I am not an owner of a matrox card but I
> understood that XFree requires a driver for that board that is
> available from the matrox web site.
I looked at xfree86.org again. They say it's part of the svga-driver.
I think I will ask again in debian-x with copy of my config file
> 7. The CVS for the documentation is not available only under Linux. You
> use any CVS client on any unices or user WinCVS under MS-Windows.
> Moreover you have the HTTP interface in http://cvs.debian.org/
Good to know.
> 8. The apt.conf file is documented in man. To have more information just
> type 'man apt.conf'. It this doesn't show up, then prabably you have
> a misconfigured man. Did you tried mandb?
Found it now, it's /etc/apt/sources.list
> 9. mail. On a Debian system you need at least local mail in order to
> deliver mail from cron. If you use exim, then you may choice from a
> menu that will permit you a 'local delivery only' installation. You
> may run eximconfig anytime to change it.
Local mail is installed and will soon be configured, but I have to
retrieve mail from several ISPs and also want to read several languages
not using Roman characters. Will ask this again in debian-isp.
> 10. Security update. This a different source for your apt. You may
> insert it in /etc/apt/sources.list and then run the apt frontend you
> like. The question about using root is strange: you need to have root
> privilege to install any package in Debian. There is no special rule
> in using security update since they are normal packages that fixes
> security bug in a stable distribution like woody.
To run apt-get, you must be root, so that means to access the web as
root. I don't like the idea. Is there a way to do this wothout being
> 11. tcpwrapper is way to secure your network connected machine at
> application level. To have more information on it look for the
> package tcpd.
> 12. The X resolution is shown in /var/log/XFree86.0.log. Look for a
> line like 'Virtual size is 1024x768 (pitch 1024)'. You may also find
> the actual resolution using the command xdpyinfo.
> 13. When you boot your system using the Debian kernel than you have a
> lot of driver installed. This is the reason that during boot you see
> many SCSI drivers trying to find its own hordware. To avoid it you
> have to recompile your kernel without these drivers.
Will compile my own kernel.
> 14. The kernel source are available in a *BINARY* package and not only
> in the source package. You may install it via the package
> kernel-source with the correct version (the one you like.)
Have already found them.
Thanks for the help