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Bug#262200: debian-installer: d-i downloads unneeded packages

On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 01:46:37PM +0800, John Summerfield wrote:
> atm I'm downloading bits of the 2.4 kernel; the above was with 2.6. I 
> note its downloading lots of kernel modules. I booted off a LAN, why not 
> justput those modules in the initial ram disk?
> AFAIK boot image size is only a problem if booting off floppies.

If you want an initrd with everything, use the monolithic initrd; you
can probably manage to netboot it. The netboot image will stay small.

d-i downloads the components you mentioned because, at the moment, it
only gets one chance at downloading components, and therefore downloads
everything it needs to supply e.g. all the partitioning options we want
to make available.

> Or, have a second image that cab be downloaded by tftp. Then when the 
> kernel and initrd are loaded by tftp, the installer's bootstrap can get 
> a second image. The DHCP server can tell which server to use.

Wouldn't it be easier just to have a local mirror of the necessary


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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