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Re: Status of main/debian-installer


On Fri, Sep 04, 2009 at 09:04:33PM -0400, Lee Winter wrote:
> Is the debian-installer portion of the official debian mirrors "special" in
> some strange way?

The debian-installer, located for example at
http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/dists/unstable/main/installer-i386/ is
not in /pool/ because it is not a package itself, so not referenced as
such in Packages.(gz|bz2).

> The reason I ask is that the netboot process fails when directed to a local
> mirror.  This is currently the case for mirrors built with apt-mirror and
> seems to also have been a long-standing problem with debmirror.

Certainly because apt-mirror or such tools only mirror *packages*, not
related files.

> The netboot install process seems to look for the debian-installer package
> in a non-standard location.  So it fails when aimed at a local mirror, but
> succeeds when aimed at an official repository.
> Where should I look for more information?



Simon Paillard

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