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Re: Reinstalling Debian Woody

Ok.  Here are some more concrete suggestions regarding the installation
guide.  The are probably many other people without floppies or with only
non-booting USB floppies.


For me, the hard part was finding which ISO image to use *and* which CD
burner to ask the support staff for.  In this case it was the rescue CD
and Roxio Toast (which had to be dug out of storage and installed).

Section 4.2.3, "Where to Find Installation Files", seems to focus only on
floppy images.  Section 4.1 mentions the official bootable cds[1].
After that there is no (obvious) mention in section 4 of CDs or common
Macintosh software for burning ISO images.  

The next sections are "4.3 Creating Floppies from Disk Images", "4.4
Preparing Files for Hard Disk Booting", and "4.5 Preparing Files for TFTP
Net Booting"  These are great.  [2] Here is the place to have a short
section there about preparing for using ISO images and also a link to the
vendor page.

BTW normally, I burn CDs using linux on an Intel machine:

	mkisofs -v -r -T -J -V "Debian" -o /tmp/woody.img .
	su -

	# test image
	mount -t iso9660 -o ro,loop=/dev/loop0 /tmp/woody.img /mnt/cdrom/
	ls /mnt/cdrom/
	umount /mnt/cdrom/

	# find a SCSI target
	cdrecord -scanbus

	# write target
	cdrecord -v speed=4 dev=0,0,0 /tmp/woody.img

	eject && exit



[1] I have been trying for 2 weeks to order the official CDs via the local
student book shop.  At this pace it will take more weeks, so I may
eventually go straight to a vendor.

[2] I had started with the instructions in section 4.4, which were very
clear, but had to abort.  By that time I had repartitioned the hard drive
and could not boot from the hard drive.  Not only that, but the Mac OS 9
install CD does not recognize the partitions nor seem to allow
restoring/changing the partitions, so I had to find another method.  Not
having access to any floppy drive, the next choice is bootable CD.

On Sun, 21 Apr 2002, Chris Tillman wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 22, 2002 at 07:29:14AM +0200, Lars D. Nood?n wrote:
> > 
> > Floppyless installs should have more focus in the install guide.  Many 
> > (most?) new macintoshes do not have a floppy drive.  At my site we have 
> > about 50 macintoshes (G3/G4) but I've only seen two where a 3.5" drive has 
> > been added.  A few have zip disks.  
> > 
> Oh, yes, usb floppies won't work. That's mentioned in there too.
> Ummm, please give some concrete suggestions on how it could be more
> focused. It's covered in a fair amount of detail.

Lars Noodén
Institutt for dokumentasjonsvitenskap
HUM-FAK, Universitetet i Tromsø
Breivika, N-9037 Tromsoe, Norway

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