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Re: Enough time wasted, moving on

On Thu, Feb 28, 2002 at 06:19:59PM -0800, Vineet Kumar wrote:
| * Harry Putnam (reader@newsguy.com) [020228 18:14]:
| > Geordie Birch <geordie@tao.ca> writes:
| > 
| > >> At least `woody' sounded...... well .... erect :-
| > > why don't you lose all those cd's, do a network install of stable,
| > > then, before installing _anything_ beyond base, apt-get dist-upgrade to
| > > testing or unstable?
| > 
| > dman <dsh8290@rit.edu> writes:
| > 
| > [...]
| > 
| > > You can try installing a base potato system, then dist-upgrade to
| > > woody.  This has worked for me on several systems.
| > 
| > A couple of posters have mentioned a network install.  Where are the
| > details spelled out?


| > Are we talking installing from a running machine?


| > Already network enabled?

Depends on your definition of "enabled".  If there's no network
wiring, then you can't do a "network install".  You must have a NIC
and a Cat[35] cable or a modem and it must be connected to a working
network.  The machine itself might not even have any software on it.

| > My situation is that I have 2 desktops before me.  A full well
| > used redhat 7.1 on one machine and A solaris x86 on another.  The
| > solaris (intel) has a second disk that had a skeleton install of
| > Redhat on it before I began my adventures.
| You'll need to download some floppy images and boot from them. The other
| machines will come in handy for downloading and "burning" the floppy
| images, but the target machine doesn't need anything already running on
| it.


| > I wanted to install Woody in its place.  So with a network install how
| > would I proceed?  I mean in general. Not a detailed account.  I'll
| > find and read any documentation I need.  Pointers would be nice though.
| All you need to do is get 2-6 blank floppies and be able to dd some images
| to them.

Just 2 for a network install.

| The install process will be very similar to the part you did before,
| from the CD, but before performing the stage 2 base install and the
| package selection process, it will try to get your network working
| and get all of the info from the Internet rather than from a CD. The
| install instructions are here:
| http://www.debian.org/releases/potato/installmanual
| and the floppy images are here:
| http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/potato/main/disks-i386/current/images-1.44/
| Reading the install manual (esp section 5.2) will help you decide which
| "flavour" to go with. Most likely, you can use 'compact' which is only 2
| floppies.  Otherwise you'll probably be using idepci, which requires 6.

Go with 'idepci'.  You need the NIC driver in the kernel or else you
won't be able to access the network.  You only need 2 floppies too.
Just "rescue.bin" and "root.bin".

Once you have installed the "base" system (prior to choosing packages
to install) edit /etc/apt/sources.list to point to woody instead of
potato.  Then 'apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade'.

It sounds (in other posts) like you already have a system installed so
this info may not be relevant to you right now.



The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
        Proverbs 16:7

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