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bruno buys 07-08-2004 02:50 PM

Sarge netinstall fails (deps problem) installing base system
I downloaded this file from 30 Apr 2004.
Burnt it, ok, run the install program ok. I could manage to reach the installing base system step and chose kernel image. But, be it 2.6 or 2.4, I received a failure message, saying dependecies not met, something to do with initrd, if I remember well.

All prior steps were ok, language, partitioning, network detected...

Can you guys help me? An older beta would solve it?


Dead Parrot 07-08-2004 06:48 PM

There are many Debian installers. The new Sarge installer has reportedly worked for many people, but it's still beta. Have you tried the Hilux/Woody installer that was suggested in the earlier thread?

Apparently this Hilux/Woody has 2.4 kernel, so you can install reiserfs and upgrading to Sarge or Sid is as simple as editing sources.list, updating, and dist-upgrading.

If that doesn't work, there are many other installers you can try and one of them is bound to work for your hardware, too.

wrat 07-08-2004 07:33 PM

hmm same problem here..something not quite right

wrat 07-08-2004 09:43 PM

I was using expert26 option had same error then used linux26 option and it worked...adds a lot of extra packages that i had to remove....strange

bruno buys 07-08-2004 10:55 PM

Tried linux26, but the same error came up. I'll try Hilux.

TigerOC 07-09-2004 02:50 AM

I used the installer and it was very smooth but then I have been using Debian for nearly 2 years. It's not clear but it sounds like you have installed the kernel and you are in the the reboot phase. Did you use grub or opt for Lilo? If it's an initrd problem then you may not have configured the boot loader correctly but we need some specifics as to exactly what you did and where you are in order to help.

wrat 07-09-2004 07:49 AM

actually it was while installing base system right after the kernel b4 the reboot.....I think its a bug cause it a very reproduceable error

Dead Parrot 07-09-2004 08:09 AM

Here's a list of currently known problems with the Sarge beta installer:

On the same page you can also find a link to page where you can report your problems -- if they are not already listed and if you want to help to make the installer better. :)

bruno buys 07-09-2004 09:33 AM

I have a working set of three cds from woody 3.0rc0. Already tested and working ok.
If I install from it, can apt-get take the installation to, say, debian unstable?
If it can, how many megs will it take aprox.? Can you guys tell me the order of the commands (apt-get upgrade, update, dist-upgrade, etc) to do it?

Woody default is kernel 2.2, kde 2.2.2, no reiser support. I need a more updated system.


TigerOC 07-09-2004 11:18 AM

Do the minimum install with the bf24 option and when you have done the reboot edit your /etc/apt/sources.list to testing and then do a dist-upgrade. Its about 600MB of downloads.

Dead Parrot 07-09-2004 11:30 AM

If the Woody CDs work for you, there's no problem in installing from them and later upgrading your system with apt-get. The unfortunate thing is that you say you have a set of THREE Woody CDs, when you actually need the Woody CD # 5 to install kernel 2.4 (and reiserfs). You might want to download this CD # 5 if you don't already have it.

Anyway, after installation you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list to point to the package repositories that you want (you need to choose a Debian mirror close to you and you also need to select which "branch" you want to track: Stable, Testing, or Unstable). An easy way to create a usable sources.list is to first use the "apt-setup" utility to choose a mirror and then open sources.list with a text editor and to change every "stable" word into "testing" (assuming you want Sarge).

After sources.list is OK, the correct order is to first do "apt-get update" and then "apt-get dist-upgrade". The "apt-get dist-upgrade" is for changing from one Debian branch to another (like from Stable to Testing) and "apt-get upgrade" is for normal upgrading of your system; you can do "apt-get --help | more" to see all the available options for apt-get.

However, I recommend that you use Aptitude to install, remove, and upgrade individual packages after you've done "apt-get update" && "apt-get dist-upgrade". Aptitude will give you better control over your installed packages. When you first launch Aptitude, spend a little time reading its online help (to see this help, just press the "?" key) and going through the Settings. This little trouble will be rewarded afterwards.

Dead Parrot 07-09-2004 11:41 AM

Oh, what TigerOC suggests might also work OK: boot from Woody CD # 1 and at the first prompt type "bf24" and press Enter. This is the netinstall option -- it's a bit more trouble than using CD # 5 but if you can get your network working, this should give you Woody with the 2.4 kernel (and reiserfs), too.

bruno buys 07-09-2004 12:13 PM

Thank you, kind folks! Detailed info, I like that!
IŽll try these, as soon as I get home and leave this **** win98 station at work....

By the way,
Is sarge and sid nicknames for testing and unstable?

Dead Parrot 07-09-2004 12:31 PM

By the way,
Is sarge and sid nicknames for testing and unstable?

You got it. :) More info here:

bruno buys 07-09-2004 03:16 PM

Ok, managed to install woody with graphical env..

Out of uname -a:
Linux frank 2.2.20-idepci #1 Sat Apr 20 12:45:19 EST 2002 i686 unknown

Now, I have to edit my sources.list so as to make apt upgrade Debian to testing. Is testing more stable
than unstable?

Its only a matter of changing "stable" to "testing" in that file?

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