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Old 09-15-2005, 04:29 PM   #1
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Debootstrap base package error

I recently got the *testing* net install iso for debian. Unfortunately it gives me a "Debootstrap exited with an error (return value 1)" error when It tries to install the base package, usually folowed by a "can't find these debs:" error. So I flip over to another console and still I can't find an error message.. Tells me to look at /target/var/log/ for the log but that location doesn't exist. I checked my cd for md5sums and all seems fine. My burner has no problems with these sort of things.. but just in case I did a 4x copy of the cd and still nothing... so my guess that it's not the cd.
My partitions are as follows :
/boot 50mb
swap 400mb
/ the rest -about 9gb
hda1,2,3 - win partitions

The linux partitions were made with the debian partitioner.
Could someone show me where i did wrong?
Old 09-19-2005, 08:04 AM   #2
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When you partitioned your drive, did you make the root '/' directory bootable or the /boot directory?
Old 09-19-2005, 08:16 AM   #3
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yes i did
seems that the cd was broken after all. I don't recommend the "testing' netinstalls as they are verry least the "current" ones.
worked out a nice install with the stable version


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