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Bug#470061: network install starting from USB




> For a network install starting from USB one has to do something like:
> * copy the kernel to the USB stick
> * copy the network install initial RAM disk ( "initrd" ) to the USB stick
> * Install and activate a boot loader on the USB stick
> * boot computer from USB stick

I think the point of the boot.img.gz files is to avoid these steps, isn't it ?

So :

I started from "hd-media/boot.img.gz", and flashed the USB key (but, as I mentionned previously, the install doesn't work that way)

Your answer incited me to check what is inside the "initrd" flashed on the key. After a "cpio -i --make-directories < initrd" I noticed that the ethernet drivers are not present (no network module in "lib/modules" in the initrd...)

My workaround was to overwrite the initial initrd.gz with the one found at http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/etch/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/debian-installer/i386/initrd.gz

I don't know up to what point it is ugly but it worked and I had a working debian etch installed.

However I find it incredible that there is no simple way to make a network install starting from USB...



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