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Old 02-27-2009, 08:04 AM   #1
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5.0 netinstall broken?


I have just made two attempts to install Debian 5 from the netinstall CD.

Both times it stalled with a dialog box as follows
title: "Select and Install Software"
25% complete
"Retrieving file 809 of 809"

Until it stalls, everything seems to go normally.

There is no HD or network activity. I can get into a console with ctrl-alt-F2 and I can mount the target partition and see that a complete system appears to have been installed. There is however no /boot/grub folder.

Re-booting reveals that it DID manage to wipe out the existing MBR---thus I cannot get back to the other systems on the computer.

It seems that my other options are multiple CDs or multiple DVDs. Is it not possible to install from ONE of these (without the network), and then add packages thru the normal package management process?
 
Old 02-27-2009, 08:56 AM   #2
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I have just made two attempts to install Debian 5 from the netinstall CD.

Both times it stalled with a dialog box as follows
title: "Select and Install Software"
25% complete
"Retrieving file 809 of 809"

Until it stalls, everything seems to go normally.

There is no HD or network activity. I can get into a console with ctrl-alt-F2 and I can mount the target partition and see that a complete system appears to have been installed. There is however no /boot/grub folder.

Re-booting reveals that it DID manage to wipe out the existing MBR---thus I cannot get back to the other systems on the computer.

It seems that my other options are multiple CDs or multiple DVDs. Is it not possible to install from ONE of these (without the network), and then add packages thru the normal package management process?
Hi Pix,
The question has been asked and answered a few times recently on this very forum (Debian). The magic number usually cited was 811 rather than 809 (are you being short-changed? ). Anyway the solution was to only install with a basic install with no items checked off at the tasksel moment in the installation. Once the basic system is installed you can then install the rest of the things you want with your package manager.
Cheers,
jdk
 
Old 02-28-2009, 07:10 AM   #3
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Thanks---it was solved by simply using a different repository.

Found answers here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post3459774

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