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Re: Problem with Dselect

On 24-Apr-00, you wrote:

> Björn Johansson wrote:
>> On 19-Apr-00, you wrote:
>>> Bjvrn Johansson wrote:
>>>>> The best would be to use apt-get, the only suggestion I can give is
>> to
>>>>> move all archives to /var/cache/apt/archives/
>>>> done. Should the filestructure remain(all the directories: admin,
>> base,
>>>> comm and so on...) or should I just make all the archives lie there
>> all
>>>> mixed up together? :-/
>>> apt wants all files directly in /var/cache/apt/archives/ .
>>> Michel
>> How should I use apt? I tried apt-get install /var/cache/archives/
>> but with no luck :(. I now have ALL files in the path.
> I think there's some confusion here. If you have the filestructure
> available, just point apt to those files using a file: URL in
> /etc/apt/sources.list, e.g.
> file:/whatever/debian
> where /whatever/debian contains the directory "dists".  Then you can use:
> apt-get update
> apt-get dist-upgrade
> apt-get install [package name]
> and all the other apt goodies. apt should also function within dselect if
> you do this, dselect will make package selection and management much
> easier than apt alone.
> Part of apt's function is to move or link the relevant subset of those
> debs (those which are to be installed or upgraded) into
> /var/cache/apt/archives, then call dpkg to install/upgrade them. So apt
> puts the files there, but does not want them there to begin with. And you
> certainly don't want to put every .deb from the powerpc distribution in
> there.
> So I hate to say this, but you should erase the .deb files from
> /var/cache/apt/archives (or attempt to put them back into the
> dists/potato/main... filestructure if you removed them from their former
> location), then put the file: URL in /etc/apt/sources.list, then run
> dselect and tell it to use apt to get the files, and use the update,
> select, and install steps in dselect to complete your installation.
> HTH,
> -Adam P.

I now have all the files(including the right filestructure) in:

Does this mean(in my case) that the sources.list haveto contain
this line:

deb file:/var/cache/apt/archives/dists/frozen/main/binary-powerpc ?

When installing Debian for the first time the base2_2.tgz get extracted
through the install program, could an upgrade for these files cause that
the password for root and other users disappear? :-/ I managed to do
something strange with my system so that I couldn't log in as
root, hmm.. I have now done a new installation and I'm going to be
a *little* more careful this time ;).

Kind regards  Björn Johansson
A4000, PPC604e @ 233Mhz (AmigaOS3.5 + Debian2.2)

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