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Bug#899321: a more detailed error if the mirror can't be contacted during a netinst

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/buster_di_alpha2/amd64/iso-cd/debian-buster-DI-alpha2-amd64-netinst.iso
Date: 22/05/2018


I'm not yet finished to install, but I want to report a possible understanding problem.

I have started the net install.
The installed machine is in a network with a proxy with password.
When I was asked to set the proxy I have write all the http string and probably I have made a typo in that string. The error that I have (Ctrl-Alt-F4) was that the mirror selected is not supporting the buster repository. So I have try different mirrors, then I try to see if there is some problem with the DNS, I try to set the proxy in a console and try to execute manually the command (wget ... Release | grep ...), etc, etc, and finally I have checked the proxy string; it seem correct to me so I have try again other things... and last I have deleted and rewritten the proxy string and all have start to work.

I think that this error message is not correct/complete. I think, if it is impossible to detect if the proxy work, it must have alternative causes that can cause this problem, something like: probably the mirror you have selected do not support buster or you have insert a wrong proxy string or...


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