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Old 11-01-2005, 01:11 AM   #1
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Debian install error /usr/lib/debootstrap/pkgdetails

Howdy Debian users!

I'm a Slacker, but I have an extra computer lying around and I'm curious about the world of Debian. I downloaded the first CD for the testing phase, burned it, and plopped the bad boy in my CD-ROM drive. Set-up seemed to go very nice. I'd considered myself relatively competent when it comes to Linux, so set up was a breeze, but I ran into an error when the disc started actually installing packages.

A window pops up with this message:

The debootstrap program exited with an error (return value 1).

Check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 3 for the details
So I check out the VT and this is it's output:

usage: /usr/lib/debootstrap/pkgdetails PKGS mirror packagesfile pkgs..
or: /usr/lib/debootstrap/pkgdetails FIELD field mirror packagesfile pkgs..
or: /usr/lib/debootstrap/pkgdetails GETDEPS packagesfile pkgs..
or: /usr/lib/debootstrap/pkgdetails WGET% low high end reason
The installer gives me the options to continue, so I do that, and I get this

The base system installation into /target/ failed.

Check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 3 for the details.
I continue again:

An installation step failed. You can try to run the failing item again from the menu, 
or skip it and choose something else. The failing step is: Install the base system
I hit continue and it takes me back to the Debian Installer main menu.

Any ideas? I google'd, and just found bugs logs, but nothing that seemed to directly pertain to my situation.



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