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Bug#901722: debian-installer: unable to use custom or local mirror

On Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 08:57:28AM -0400, tom wrote:
> Package: debian-installer
> Severity: wishlist
> We manitain a partial (i386 and amd64) local mirror 
> of the debian repository. But the installer doesn't
> provide an easy way to use it for installation.
> I never do installs connected to the Internet.
> It's not that big of a deal, since everything can 
> be taken care of after the install. But every
> time I perform an install I always think it would
> be a nice thing to have.
> So, I wish the list of mirrors included 
> 'custom' where the user can input an apt-source
> style line for a mirror. 

Some options that I'm aware of

* upon boot add "mirror=my.local.mirror" parameter
* have a preseedfile that contains (at least) "mirror=my.local.mirror"
* use expert mode, it will ask everthing, including which mirror to use
* configure a DNS that says[1] ftp.nl.debian.org is at my.local.mirror

Extra benefit of the last option is when the laptop is away from
the local mirror, it can still use what is in /etc/apt/sources.list

Geert Stappers
[1] Like saying who is Santa Claus
Leven en laten leven

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