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shivaa 02-17-2013 10:51 PM

Help me to decide correct fully loaded CD/DVD image of Debian 6
Hello friends,

Hope all you're well and fine!

I have been using debian for few months. I had downloaded and installed Debian 6.0.6 (i386 CD-1) on a VM. But I found that it's not a fully loaded version of debian and do not include many packages and necessory software.

So I am thinking to download a fully loaded image (.iso) of debian squeeze from here. But after selecting i386, I can see lot more option of .iso with different sizes and DVD numbers. However, can anyone help me to decide correct fully loaded version of debian out of this list. Is debian-6.0.6-i386-DVD-1.iso ok and fully loaded one?

Also I am curious to know that what's difference between CD and DVD images?

Randicus Draco Albus 02-17-2013 11:13 PM

Like the page says;

The first CD/DVD disk contains all the files necessary to install a standard Debian system.
To avoid needless downloads, please do not download other CD or DVD image files unless you know that you need packages on them.
The first CD has almost everything needed to install a system. Only a few things are missing, notably Network Manager (Or something else related to internet connection. I may be remembering the exact package incorrectly.) and Synaptic. Both of which can be easily downloaded after installation.

DVD1 has everything and more, including four DEs.

odiseo77 02-17-2013 11:25 PM


You don't need a big dvd iso to install Debian, but probably the DVD-1 (or CD-1, or the netinstall CD, which is smaller) contains everything you need to begin with; and if it doesn't, you can always install all the software you need from the repositories with apt-get (after you install Debian).

As for the difference between the CD images and the DVD images, they contain all the software that is available on the Debian repositories. The difference is their size --since the DVD is bigger in size, all the software from the repository fits in 8 DVD's, while you need more than 50 CD's to store all this software.

You don't need all 8 DVD's (or 53 CD's) unless you need to have all the software available in a remote location with no internet connection where you don't have access to the online repositories. Otherwise the preferred method is to download the CD-1 and use it to install Debian. You could even use the netinstall image (which is even smaller) in case you have an internet connection available while installing Debian.

shivaa 02-17-2013 11:55 PM

Thanks for your responses.

Currently I have CD-1 installed and I need gcc, gawk, and sudo packages to install, but I am unable to install them.

I downloaded packages from here. But while installing it, I got errors like:-
"No suitable c compiler in PATH...". Then I download gcc from the same source and while installing it, it gave error like "Insert /media/cdrom and hit ENTER..."

I also tried following, but all the time in all cases, I was out of luck. :(


# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
# apt-get install build-essential
# gcc -v
# make -v

Randicus Draco Albus 02-18-2013 12:26 AM


I need ... sudo
No you do not. When you want to do an administrative task, use

and enter the password when prompted.


"Insert /media/cdrom and hit ENTER..."
That is because you have the installation disc enabled in your sources list. Use a text editor to put a # in front of the CD entry. APT will then use the on-line repositories.

While we are at it, it might be a good idea to post your /etc/apt/sources.list.

evo2 02-18-2013 12:43 AM


as already suggested it is probably a good idea to post your /etc/apt/sources.list. I guess you still have a cdrom line in there. If apt-get tells you to insert the cdrom then that means that it knows that the package you want is on there and that it will try to install it from there instead of from the internet. If you don't want to use the cdrom image, then comment out the cdrom line in your sources.list, then run "apt-get update" again, and then finally run "apt-get install whatever".

It is also important that you post the exact error messages when things don't work as you expect them to. Posting that you had "no luck" when trying something won't usually give us the information we need to help you with your problem.



EDDY1 02-18-2013 12:49 AM

You really don't need any more than cd if you have a live internet connection even in a vm.
Did you already get desktop installed?
If not comment out cd in /etc/apt/sources.list
then do

apt-get update
& you can select desktop

shivaa 02-18-2013 01:04 AM

Commented out cdom line, as:

root@debian{~}321: cat /etc/apt/sources.list

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.6 _Squeeze_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 20120929-15:56]/ squeeze main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.6 _Squeeze_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 20120929-15:56]/ squeeze main

deb squeeze/updates main
deb-src squeeze/updates main


Now getting following error:

root@debian{~}317: apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
Hit squeeze/updates Release.gpg
Ign squeeze/updates/main Translation-en
Ign squeeze/updates/main Translation-en_IN
Hit squeeze/updates Release
Hit squeeze/updates/main Sources
Hit squeeze/updates/main i386 Packages
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree     
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
root@debian{~}318: apt-get install build-essential
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree     
Reading state information... Done
Package build-essential is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'build-essential' has no installation candidate

evo2 02-18-2013 01:26 AM


ok, now we are getting somewhere. Your sources.list now only contains lines for updates. You also need a line just for the standard packages, like:


deb squeeze main
After adding that line, run "apt-get update" and the "apt-get install build-essential" again.


shivaa 02-18-2013 02:05 AM

@Randicus Draco Albus:
Thanks a lot for clarification.

Your suggestion was the key to solve the problem. All set now after editing /etc/apt/source.list file and adding the source line you suggested. (Though I can't) but my 2 reputations to you for your help!! :)

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