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Re: how to download the packages in Debian testing non-free before installing?

On Thu 19 Jan 2012 at 00:51:56 +0000, lee wrote:

> Sven Joachim wrote:
>> No, what makes you think so?  There should be a driver for your card in
>> the kernel, unless the device is too new.  And it's only the firmware
>> which is not free.
> The instructions on [1] make me think so. They tell me to add the  
> non-free section to apts sources list, to update the list of available  
> packages and then to install the "firmware-iwlwifi" and "wireless-tools"  
> packages. However, before these packages are installed, I can´t get a  
> wireless connection, and without the wireless connection, I cannot  
> install these packages because I cannot download anything at all. And  
> these packages are not included in the DVD or CD images that are  
> available for download, either.

The installer is built from special packages called udebs. They contain
everything which is required to set up a network connection. For
example, there is a udeb to configure a WPA connection. The instructions
you cite are for an already intalled and running system. Very nicely, 
d-i it will get the .deb packages for you when you get to its installing
software part.

> Are there any DVD or CD images of the non-free section for download?

My visions weren't too far from the mark, then.

>> Probably, although you may run into other bugs.
> Hm, is the current installer too buggy to be usable? I´ve had that  
> before ...


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