Re: Hacking on d-i
Andrew Pollock wrote:
On Sun, Jun 27, 2004 at 01:00:32PM +0800, John Summerfield wrote:
I'd like to make a few minor changes for my own use - specify my local
mirror, maybe partition layout and such.
I started out by unpacking the initrd to see what's in it, and was
pretty happy to see debian-installer is a shell script: there's almost
no limit to the magic one can do there on a good day:-)
There's no clue there as to what to do, but I did try the alternative
f/e (bogl) and discovered it does nothing useful.
A bit of finding and grepping and I discovered where the list of
mirrors is. I've _not_ found a sensible way to change that list, nor to
specify my preferred value in any kind of configuration file.
Next, I went looking for the d-i home page. I tried
www.debian.org/debian-installer - no, not there. Finally, Google gave up
some clues and I finished up at https://alioth.debian.org/projects/d-i/
Have you been to http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer ?
No, my searches didn't show that one. I was looking for pages including
the term "home page" and that one doesn't.
There, I find "This project has no visible documents ."
No subprojects have been set up, or you cannot view them.
What you need to do is checkout a copy of the d-i subversion repository.
Well I don't have subversion, but I saw this link:
daily subversion repository tarball
It points to an empty compressed tarball:
summer@Dolphin:~$ lynx -head -dump
HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 10:24:26 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) Debian GNU/Linux PHP/4.1.2 mod_ssl/2.8.9
Last-Modified: Sat, 26 Jun 2004 11:14:02 GMT
Via: 1.1 netcache (NetCache NetApp/5.5R4D2)
I'm on dialup, I was hoping to estimate what my download time would be.
I have a machine on ADSL I can hack on, but it runs woody and must stay
There's a lot of documentation, some of it quite enlightening within a
directory of the source tree.
I've read some of the docs: so far what I've seen is more involved than
I'd hoped for,
btw The faq has wrong info on Anaconda: Anaconda is multiplatform -
hands _all_ the kit IBM sells including IA64 and AMD-64 machines. Does
network installs (and boots) - I've done them many times. Gives you a
GUI installer if you want, even on S/390. Gives both text-based and GUI
options. In 2000 it supported installing on Sun and Alpha hardware.
I'm still reading....