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customizing the debian-installer: base-passwd not found

Hello everybody,

I am currently trying to get acquainted with the new d-i. However I can not build it. I have checked out the current version from svn, followed all of the directions from http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Build

When I try to "fakeroot make build_netboot_2.6" it fails with:

[...after downloading packages...]

Download complete and in download only mode
Needed base-passwd not found (looked in apt.udeb/cache/archives/, debugudebs/)
make[5]: *** [stamps/get_udebs-netboot_2.6-stamp] Error 1
make[4]: *** [_build] Error 2
make[3]: *** [build_netboot_2.6] Error 2
make[2]: *** [_build] Error 2
make[1]: *** [build_netboot] Error 2
make: *** [rebuild_netboot] Error 2

I have checked our local debian-repository and the official ones, there is not base-passwd udeb. I am not very sure how to create those udebs. The page http://wiki.debian.org/udeb is rather non-informative.

this is my source.list.udeb:

deb copy:/home/admin/debian-installer/installer/build/ localudebs/
deb ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian testing main
deb ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main
deb ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main/debian-installer

when I remove the second and third line, even more (u)debs are not found. Please give me a hint how to resolve this Problem. I definetly would like to see the building of the debian-installer working

Another question: where can I find the documentation about the initramfs which is used by the debian-installer. I would like to build some customised initial ram disks, but I am not able to find information about where and how the creation thereof is done in the for the debian-installer.

I appreciate your help and ideas. Ah, my system: debian-testing (with a lot of unstable), gcc-4.0, kernel 2.6.15 (custom with serial-ata powermanagement patch)

Thanks in advance,

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