On Thu, Feb 28, 2002 at 09:38:09PM -0800, Harry Putnam wrote: > [...] > I managed to get fired up here by allowing only the basic install from > the cds and going to ftp from there, with a working network, all > things become possible.. Downloading and installing now from > `stable'. > > Not sure I really understand what is happening though. Apparently > apt-get is getting some stuff over ftp. Over 200mb was downloaded, but > still askes me to install various of the cds at different points. And > gets stuff from there too. "stable" -> potato "testing" -> woody "unstable" -> sid You have earlier stated that you wanted woody, not potato, and since you have a good network connection, you will want to track "woody" (which right now is "testing") from the net, rather than your CDs, which are probably already outdated. The Debian package-mangagement system is configured via files in /etc/apt/. The system gets information on available packages from the the file /etc/apt/sources.list. Try and uncomment the lines currently active in that file and replace with the following two lines: deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/ woody main contrib non-free deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian-non-US woody/non-US main contrib non-free Modify the hostname according to your location, I use this one in Northern Europe. If you only want Free Software, remove "non-free". For more information on configuring apt, try man sources.list, or read the documentation in /usr/share/doc/apt/guide.html/index.html In addition, apt-cache search foo is good way of searching for packages that can do foo. apt-cache show [package name] gives you a summarized information on a certain package. Good Luck!
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