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Bug#680650: USB install method fails on wheezy alpha1

On 07/07/12 02:18 PM, Antoine Beaupré wrote:
> I have tried the install method described here with the Debian Wheezy alpha1 d-i:
> http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/apas02.html#howto-getting-images-usb

First, this is not the official doc, but is an internal site used to
track translation status. It looks considerably out of date to me,
dating back to before the release of Squeeze.

Second, that points me at a page that doesn't look anything like the
steps you described in your email. Maybe you were thinking of this one?


In any case, whichever version of the instructions you were following,
this is incorrect:

>  2. uncompress the .img.gz file and dd it into a USB key:
>     gunzip debian-700alpha1-i386-boot.img.gz
>     sudo dd if=debian-700alpha1-i386-boot.img of=/dev/sdb1

If your intention was to use a pre-partitioned key, see the "flexible
way". But this looks like you were trying the "easy way" which says:

# zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdX

Earlier on the same page (whether the one I cited above, or the
out-of-date doc you linked to) it explains this is the whole drive, not
a partition.

> I will try the method described here as a workaround:
> http://joeyh.name/blog/entry/Debian_USB_install_from_hybrid_iso/
> If it works, I suggest the documentation be updated to advise users to
> use the .isos instead of the hd-media files.

It already is. See the documentation for the stable release I linked to
above, section 4.3.1. Preparing a USB stick using a hybrid CD or DVD
image. Naturally, the wheezy doc, when released, will include this
recommendation as well.


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