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debootstrap installer

Posted by Jeff 
debootstrap installer
August 08, 2010 11:21AM
The new installer uses debootstrap to grab the latest debian packages from the official repositories. This is a much more flexible installation method than the previous installer.

If you're interested in installing extra packages, or using a different release (sid) or getting the packages from an alternate mirror (emdebian), you there are a few variables at the top of the script that you can play with.

-- Jeff
Re: debootstrap installer
August 12, 2010 05:02AM
Hi Jeff,

first also many Thanks for the dockstar-installer with lenny and squeeze....both did work very smooth and the
installscripts are very well documented :-)

Yesterday I did take a look at your /debian/ Page and there is now only the squeeze-install.
Did you change to squeeze because of the freeze?

Because squeeze is at this moment in testing, will there be a chance to use your lenny-installer any
further? Or can I build for me self a Lenny-Mirror on a HTTP-Server (like on my Sheevaplug)?

Is there any archive with all files or a list with all files on the net and the news ones that are build/written by you?

Squeeze from the Net did take much more time to install as the tarball from Martin Michlmayr (with Lenny).

Do you got a suggestion where to get the connector for the serial cable? Here in my office we did find a old
SUN-fan with a 3pin Connector which should be fine for RX,TX and GND
Re: debootstrap installer
August 12, 2010 08:12AM
The link to the lenny installer is at the top of the debian page.

I'm not sure what "list of files" you mean. Lenny just uses the tarball from Martin's site plus the sheeva-with-linux kernel. Squeeze only contains files from the official repository plus a few manually generated config files that are included in the installer source.

For the serial connection, I use a Nokia CA-42 cable that I bought off eBay for $3 and I just wrapped the wires to the pins on the board. It works well enough for testing. If you need something clean, there are other pages that list the Digikey part numbers for the connector itself.

-- Jeff
Re: debootstrap installer
August 12, 2010 12:35PM
Jeff Wrote:
> I'm not sure what "list of files" you mean. Lenny
> just uses the tarball from Martin's site plus the
> sheeva-with-linux kernel.

Hi Jeff,
the list ist for me these lines out of the 2 Scripts (the initial Install-Script and the Update-Script for the MTD3)




If I got all of these files on my HTTP-Server while a little reconfigure the paths-vars
I could install Lenny from my HTTP-Server on my Sheeva.

Or did you mind some additional Files?

BTW: I did read about the Nokia Cable on some other page :-)
Re: debootstrap installer
August 12, 2010 01:22PM
You can copy those files to your own server and change the variables in the script and the installer will still work.
Vincent RABAH
Re: debootstrap installer
August 18, 2010 03:52PM

I've my DS since 2 days and I love it !!! I used your wonderfull squeeze installer and it work find ... Except, when I reboot the debian : sometime it started the Pogoplug OS and sometime the debian one ?? As there's no log files in the Pogo OS I don't know why ?

I use a USB case with a IDE harddisk.

Thanks to let me know :)
Vincent RABAH
Re: debootstrap installer
September 04, 2010 04:19PM
Yet another issue ... After a electrical shutdown my usb disk dont want to restart ... So I restart from begin the install ... Here is the result :

# Starting debootstrap installation
I: Retrieving Release
I: Retrieving Packages
I: Validating Packages
W: http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/dists/squeeze/main/binary-armel/Packages.gz was corrupt
I: Retrieving Packages
E: Couldn't download dists/squeeze/main/binary-armel/Packages
debootstrap failed.
See /tmp/debian/debootstrap/debootstrap.log for more information.

I have tried different mirrors : same result :(

Any Ideas ?

Vincent RABAH
Re: debootstrap installer
September 05, 2010 04:41AM
OK solved ... It was a issue in the Debian repo last night :)


Re: debootstrap installer
September 06, 2010 02:07PM
same issue here...
tried several mirrors, but everytime the same problem.

any suggestions, how to fix this problem?

Re: debootstrap installer
September 07, 2010 01:16AM
This morning it worked without any problems.
like vincent said, maybe a problem with the debian servers...


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