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Re: Strange Debian-Install problem... and workaround

I had some problems like this, but basically they had to do with getting an "unstable" installation during the hamm beta.

I haven't tried out the hamm release though.

Unfortunately I do not know the direct solution to your problem. 

Hoping that it helps, I will go through some of the problems I had and maybe the solutions that I found will help give you some new directions to attack.

The first was when i tried to install debian off of a beta cd. There were two installation versions - and older and newer. The older version was the only one that I could get going. And later on it quit half way in the install. Luckily, enough had been installed that the system booted, and I was able to complete the installation through dselect.

The other problem I've seen is when downloading the distribution off of ftp, and then finding a lot of reported corrupt files. Basically, what has happened is the corrupt files are really symbolic links to files in the /binary-all directory. To fix this, if you are downloading the distribution to MSDOS and so it can't make sense of the symbolic links, make sure you download the /binary-all directory in addition to your machines architecture (such as /binary-i386). When done, copy everthing in the binary-all directory *over* the binary-i386. This will cause the actual files to replace the symbolic links - and trust me, it won't overwrite any other important files.

You need to do this for everthing - the /main, /contrib, and /non-free directories.

Also, since you downloaded stuff via ftp, are you sure you downloaded everthing while under "binary" mode in ftp, not "ascii" ? If not set properly, this will yield corrupt files from downloading through ftp.

Good luck !

-----Original Message-----
From: Norbert Bottlaender-Prier <periph@globenet.org>
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org <debian-user@lists.debian.org>
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 1998 3:25 AM
Subject: Strange Debian-Install problem... and workaround

Hello root@s and root@esses !

Downloading and installing Debian-hamm-2.0 showed up :

A file problem (my god, I hoped to get rid of these M$-like messages !
Please, Dr. Debian, can you change that ?)

Install procedure stops (after having done some work, creating
directories, extracting lots of files, maybe even all of them) saying :
"File Error ! There was a problem extracting the Base System from
/shared_vfat_device/debian/hamm/hamm/disks-i386/base2_0.tgz". This
follows a fraction of second after a first error, hiding it nearly
completely. That one contains ..."/lib/terminfo: F"..., all the rest is
wiped out by the second message, which says "nothing" to me. The same
thing happens with rawritten install disks, and original tgz file
downloaded from mirrors, first from Germany, then Corea, then
ftp.debian.org (I would have tried this one first, but one must have a
kind of zen-state-of-mind, if you want to login there (-: ). It's each
the same result !

This happens on a Cyrix-133, 16M RAM, install it on an EMPTY 2.1Giga HD
(hdc, want to put it into a bigger box later) with root=500M, 128 M
swap, and all the rest free, mounted as /usr , so, guaranteed no disk
space probs ;-)

I worked around this : I installed 1.3 from CDrom (a dwarf, just enough
to make upgrade work), then used the upgrade patch (there were some
probs, too, but nothing harmful : 2 errors in the script, I could
correct myself...)

Well, I've got everything work fine (GIMP included, that was the reason
for being in a hurry, needed it "the day before yesterday", didn't want
to wait for new CD's), but I'd like to know WHAT was wrong with the base
tgz-file ? Has anyone seen something similar? What did the message MEAN
? I had the file easily uncompressed (just to see, not to work with it
;-) ) under Lose95...


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