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Re: First attempt to use preseeding

On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 07:23:27AM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
> Jon Dowland wrote:
> >On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 04:13:17PM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
> >>It appears to me that my preseed.cfg file is not being read at all.
> >
> >OK. I don't know the nature of the problem you are trying to fix,
> The nature of the problem is  that I have found *NO NONE NADA*
> complete explicit instructions of  what to do when handed THREE
> objects:
>  1. dedicated laptop capable of running Debian
>  2. Debian 6.0.5 DVD 1 of 8
>  3. a USB stick which may be partitioned and formatted as required
> on which can be placed a pressed.cfg.
> NOTE BENE: The word "network" does not appear in that description.

OK. I am not familiar with trying it this way. I've only done it by
fetching the preseed file over the web via url=<preseed file> passed
on the kernel command line to the installer.

> What I have found is incomplete and conflicting descriptions of
> portions of the procedure(s) required drawn from various Debian
> releases.

Yes. Me too.

> >but could
> >it be reproduced/triaged in a virtual machine? It might be much quicker/easier
> >to explore kicking off the installer in a VM, which you can interrupt/throw
> >away and start again very quickly.
> Based on over 50 years of trouble shooting experience

Let's discount that from before personal computers or virtual machine
technology existed, shall we?

> I cannot see the benefit of adding a VM to the mix when the problem is lack
> of documentation.r

Agreed. I thought, from your first message, you were trying to debug a
bug in the installer, in which case a VM can be very useful. I've just
been doing pretty much exactly this earlier in the week, which is why
I replied to your message.

> When I wrote "Is there a "Preseeding for Newbies" page somewhere? ", I was
> indicating that I was new to Linux not that I did not have background to draw
> on.

I concur that the documentation, as it stands, sucks.

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