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Stuck on "Configure the package manager" in installer within gnome/lxde live image

I hope somebody can help me out:

I boot up the live image, select "Live" from the boot menu. Once booted I dbl-click on "Debian Installer". It launches, asks me things (all defaults) and installs the system fine. Then I'm presented with "Debian installer main menu", with the "Configure the package manager" step highlighted, presumably because that step failed. Running "Configure the package manager" again takes about a second, but I get no indication about whether it passed or failed. The highlighted task doesn't move forward. If I forcibly move on to "Install the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk", I get to a working system, but with only a "deb cdrom:" line in sources.list.

If I instead pick "Text Install" from the same image's boot menu, it works. I end up getting presented with "Configure the package manager" / "Debian archive mirror country" selection as expected.

I'm not able to find any debian installer log file anywhere. Is there somewhere I can look? I've looked at CTRL-ALT-F[1-9], /var/log and /tmp. Network connectivity seems fine and I can e.g. ping www.google.com from a terminal in the live image, although a single time I did see that resolv.conf was empty apart from a comment (ping didn't work then, of course).

But since I'd like to customize the live image, I'd like the "Debian Installer" approach to work. Is there something I'm doing wrong or something fishy in my setup?

I'm running as a guest in VMware ESX. Since the "Text Install" works fine, I assume that VMware and DNS/DHCP servers are working fine. I've tried these images, which all have this behavior:

debian-live-squeeze-i386-lxde-desktop.iso (22-Apr-2011 02:18 p.t. the latest)

Peter Valdemar Mørch

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