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Bug#470061: marked as done (network install starting from USB)

Your message dated Sun, 16 Mar 2008 12:22:24 +0100
with message-id <200803161222.24626.elendil@planet.nl>
and subject line Re: Bug#470061: network install starting from USB
has caused the Debian Bug report #470061,
regarding network install starting from USB
to be marked as done.

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Boot method: USB
Image version: http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/etch/main/installer-i386/current/images/hd-media/boot.img.gz

Date: 08/03/2008, 22h25

Machine: Compaq presario C300
Processor: intel

Initial boot: [O ]
Detect network card: [E ]
Configure network: [ ]
Detect CD: [ ]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives: [ ]
Partition hard drives: [ ]
Install base system: [ ]
Clock/timezone setup: [ ]
User/password setup: [ ]
Install tasks: [ ]
Install boot loader: [ ]
Overall install: [ ]


I would like to install a debian (network install) starting with a USB key.
The file : http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst
gives a link to : http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/etch/main/installer-i386/current/images/

From reading the MANIFEST file, I guess I then have to go in the 'hd-media' directory and I download :

I flash the USB key and boot the target computer with it. The installation runs and asks for and ISO image... apparently he did not understand that I want a NETWORK install ! I don't have an ISO image.

So I go in the next menu where I can ask to detect the network hardware. The installer says he can not detect my ethernet card (even though this is a working Realtek 8139 rev 10)

So, I did not manage to do the network install...
Could you please tell how to make it work ?

(this gives me the strange feeling that the good things fade... I am pretty sure that I managed such a USB/netinstall one year ago on the same computer ...)

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On Sunday 16 March 2008, oc-spam66 wrote:
> > 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 ?

Yes, but the standard hd-media method is CD based. This should be clear from 
the installation guide.

> 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...)

Correct as they are not needed for a CD based install.

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

Why is that incredible? You have a very strange definition of incredible 
IMO. I'd rather say that it is amazing that even though there is no 
official network install method from USB stick, it is still possible.

Closing this report as there is no bug.


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