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On Tuesday 30 January 2007 05:59, Brian May wrote:
>     Frans> I guess you mean goodbye-microsoft.com?
>
> Oops! How did you guess?

Let's leave it at "by chance".

> No, this was automatic configuration, presumably with dhcp (either
> that or black magic <grin>).

Which installation option did you choose? The default one, "expert" 
or "auto"? If you selected "auto", that might explain some of your 
comments.

Robert: Could you provide a bit longer description with the "auto" option 
in grub? Running at critical priority is normally really only used for 
preseeded installations, although I can see the attraction of using it 
with goodbye-MS...

Back to Brian and the log you provided...

Jan 29 09:39:13 main-menu[1135]: INFO: Menu item 'localechooser' selected
Here I can see you selected English/Australia.

Jan 29 09:39:39 main-menu[1135]: INFO: Menu item 'ethdetect' selected 
Jan 29 09:39:41 main-menu[1135]: INFO: Menu item 'netcfg' selected 
Network configuration seems to have gone fine.

Jan 29 09:39:47 main-menu[1135]: INFO: Menu item 'choose-mirror' selected 
At this point you should have had the option to select a mirror and you 
should have had the option of entering a proxy. By default Australia 
should have been selected as country for which to display available 
mirrors.
But, these questions _are_ skipped and default values (ftp.debian.org) 
used if you chose the "auto" option.

Jan 29 12:16:48 in-target: Get:504 http://ftp.debian.org etch/main 
libmyspell3c2 1:3.1-18 [27.5kB]
Jan 29 12:16:58 in-target: Err http://ftp.debian.org etch/main 
libmyspell3c2 1:3.1-18
Jan 29 12:16:58 in-target:   Error reading from server - read (104 
Connection reset by peer)

OK. Here is the root cause of the error you saw. Just a simple glitch in 
the communication with the server.

Jan 29 13:17:28 in-target: E: 
Jan 29 13:17:28 in-target: Failed to fetch 
http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/m/myspell/libmyspell3c2_3.1-18_i386.deb: 
Error reading from server - read (104 Connection reset by peer)
Jan 29 13:17:28 in-target: tasksel: aptitude failed (255)
Jan 29 13:17:28 main-menu[1135]: WARNING **: Configuring 'pkgsel' failed 
with error code 1 
Jan 29 13:17:28 main-menu[1135]: WARNING **: Menu item 'pkgsel' failed. 
Jan 29 13:56:09 main-menu[1135]: INFO: Modifying debconf priority limit 
from 'critical' to 'medium' 

Ah! Here it is, so you did select the "auto" option! I can see that from 
the fact that priority was "critical" (last line). That exactly explains 
why you did not get the mirror questions: at critical priority the 
installer _will_ use black magic whereever possible.

Jan 29 13:56:18 main-menu[1135]: INFO: Menu item 'pkgsel' selected 

So you selected package selection again. Good.
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target: The following NEW packages will be 
automatically installed:
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target:   libmyspell3c2 
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target: The following NEW packages will be installed:
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target:   iceweasel iceweasel-gnome-support 
libmyspell3c2 
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target: 0 packages upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to 
remove and 0 not upgraded.
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target: Need to get 27.5kB/9083kB of archives. After 
unpacking 27.6MB will be used.
Jan 29 14:10:46 in-target: Writing extended state information...
Jan 29 14:10:47 in-target: 
Jan 29 14:10:52 in-target: Get:1 http://ftp.debian.org etch/main 
libmyspell3c2 1:3.1-18 [27.5kB]

And the problem with the libmyspell3c2 package was resolved on the second 
try.

So, you hit one minor problem and maybe should not have selected the
"auto" option. But all in all this looks like a successful installation.

Thanks a lot for providing the additional information.

Cheers,
FJP

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