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Re: release status

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On Tuesday 03 August 2004 05:55, Joey Hess wrote:
> At this point the only delay is waiting for the autobuilders, which
> are overloaded from all the other uploads surrounding the sarge
> release, to catch up and build the d-i images. In the past 24 hours,
> we've gotten builds for hppa, ia64, s390, and sparc, plus a manual
> build for alpha. That leaves arm, m68k (building), mips, mipsel, and
> powerpc. d-i is far back in the queue for most of these arches[1] and
> is even slipping further behind on some as more high-urgency package
> uploads happen.
> Since it's looking like it could easily take days for some of these
> buildds to catch up, we may need to do manual builds on some of these
> architectures. It would be nice if we could get all the builds done
> before the next dinstall run. If you do a manual build, please take
> careto make it in an up-to-date and clean sid chroot.
> Other than that, we seem to be on track for a release. I'm not aware
> of any showstopper issues, and the current errata list is quite
> small. Once the initrd builds get in and the CDs are built with them,
> we will have one final day for last minute testing before the
> release. The test checklist in installer/doc/checklist is still
> missing many entries and the more complete it is the better I'd feel
> about calling this release rc1 instead of beta5.

I have a suggestion for an errata item (relates to Bug#241179)...

PCMCIA device shifting (between CD-ROM and NIC) during install:

If you choose to install Debian via CD, but you only have your CD-ROM 
drive and NIC (which you want to setup and use as primary NIC during 
installation) accessible via a single PCMCIA slot in your computer, 
here is what you can do to work around this situation.

Boot the installer with the CD-ROM device plugged into the PCMCIA slot 
and do a normal 1st stage installation, except that you should skip 
network setup or just type in dummy values at this point.

Then when it says "Installation complete", choose 'Go back' to drop back 
to the main menu. Now change the PCMCIA device from CD-ROM to NIC, and 
choose to 'Detect network hardware'. Your NIC should now be detected 
and you can continue (again 'Go back' to main menu) to 'Network 

If your NIC is a wireless, press Alt+F2 to get a shell. Change the 
PCMCIA device from NIC to CD-ROM and type in the shell:
 chroot /target
 mount /cdrom
 apt-get install wireless-tools
 umount /cdrom
Go back to Alt+F1 and change the PCMCIA device from CD-ROM to NIC.

Choose 'Continue' to reboot (with NIC in PCMCIA slot) and thereby finish 
the 1st stage of the installation process.

When 2st stage comes up after the reboot, you should have a working NIC 
and as such you can choose to download extra packages via ftp, http, 

Should you, however, not have a working NIC at this point, go to the 
shell (Alt+F2) and try to reload your NIC:
 ifdown <iface> && ifup <iface>
Return to Alt+F1 and continue installation (assuming networking now 

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