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Re: debian installation help

On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 10:25:09PM +0530, Srinivasa Ramanujam wrote:

>    i downloaded all four of them and wrote in four different dvd's using
>    nero burner. i installed debian using first dvd
>    (debian-update-4.0r5-amd64-DVD-1.iso). after installation, i tried to
>    install packages from debian-update-4.0r5-amd64-DVD-2.iso dvd, however
>    the system couldn't recognize the media while booting.

You should have only one disk to boot from, which is the one with
which you install the system on your computer. The other DVDs are
probably not bootable.

What happens when you mount these DVDs? Are there files on them?

> but how can i make my debian machine to
>    understand the remaining media?

Run dselect and select "Access", then "cdrom" from the list:


 * 0. [A]ccess    Choose the access method to use.
   1. [U]pdate    Update list of available packages, if possible.
   2. [S]elect    Request which packages you want on your system.
   3. [I]nstall   Install and upgrade wanted packages.
   4. [C]onfig    Configure any packages that are unconfigured.
   5. [R]emove    Remove unwanted software.
   6. [Q]uit      Quit dselect.

Move around with ^P and ^N, cursor keys, initial letters, or digits;
Press <enter> to confirm selection.   ^L redraws screen.

Copyright (C) 1994-1996 Ian Jackson.
Copyright (C) 2000,2001 Wichert Akkerman.
This is free software; see the GNU General Public License version 2 or
later for copying conditions. There is NO warranty.
See dselect --license for copyright and license details.


dselect - list of access methods
  Abbrev.        Description
* cdrom          Install from a CD-ROM.
  nfs            Install from an NFS server (not yet mounted).
  harddisk       Install from a hard disk partition (not yet mounted).
  mounted        Install from a filesystem which is already mounted.
  floppy         Install from a pile of floppy disks.
  apt            APT Acquisition [file,http,ftp]

Access method `cdrom'.
cdrom - Install from a CD-ROM.

Installation from a CD-ROM containing a Debian distribution.  The
CD-ROM may be or not be mounted already; it should contain a standard


Once you selected cdrom (that should work with DVDs, but I never tried
that), you will be asked to insert the disks. You need to make all the
DVDs you have known to the system this way.

There are lists on each DVD that tell the system which packages are on
this DVD. After reading these lists, the system will know what is
available and let you select the packages you want to install.

> if debian-update-4.0r5-amd64-DVD-1.iso alone is sufficient to
>    install debian in a machine, why don't debian provider rename
>    remaining file names as optional or with any other name which
>    doesn't confuse anyone?

http://www.debian.org/distrib/ clearly lists the available
options. Installing Debian is a first step for which not so much
software is required. But the more software you want to be able to
choose from, the more DVDs you need to burn. If nothing went wrong
with burning the DVDs, there is lots of software on the DVDs, only
your computer doesn't about them yet because you didn't make it read
the package lists from the DVDs.

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