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lil_redman 10-28-2003 03:49 PM

Base system installation
I'm about as newbie as a newbie can get. I'm trying to install Linux and have a dual boot. I get past the installation up to the base system install. When it gets to that point, it searches for the directory the base system's in and I get the message "The installation program couldn't find any directory containing a file basedebs.tar or dists/woody/main/binary-i386/release." I know the base system's supposed to be in the "dists/woody/main/disks-~1" directory, and when the installation searches in that directory, it says it isn't in there either. I'm using the debian-30r1-i386-binary-1.iso, which is what I was told is all I'll need for basic installation. What am I doing wrong?

ToniT 10-28-2003 07:34 PM

hmm... I don't know. Newer had such problem with woody installation cd. Are you sure the image is burned correctly?

You can have a prompt in the installer by pressing Alt-F2 where you can check the
the contents of the cdrom.

Anyways, you can circumvent the problem by one of the following
  • You can copy the basedebs.tar from cd to an other location and give that to the installer.
  • You can chose to retrieve the basedebs from internet at installation time.

lil_redman 10-28-2003 07:43 PM

I was thinking of that, but where is the basedebs.tar file in the first place? I looked all over the first installation it zipped somewhere?

nrunge 10-28-2003 08:48 PM

A .tar file is form of compression (much like .zip) if you do not see it then there was most likely a problem burning the CD. Try using the internet as the source for the basedebs.tar file.

lil_redman 10-28-2003 10:31 PM

It's installed. How am I supposed to configure my ISP in Linux setup now?

ToniT 10-29-2003 10:37 AM

A debian base system is now installed? It should have asked for your network settings at the installation phase. If you have skipped those, you can set them manually or automaticly
by installing a package called etherconf (that is: 'apt-get install etherconf', but you need either a debian cd that has the program or a configured network (ironic in a sense)).

To do it manually, you have to a) find out what network card do you have and load a proper module for it (the 'lspci' command helps) and b) bring the network interface up.

a) Once you have figured out (with the help of "lspci") what your network card is, you can check that is the driver part of your kernel (run something like "dmesg | grep eth" and check if the output mentions something about your network card). If so, move to section (b).
If the network card driver is not in the kernel, you should run a program called "modconf" and find a proper module from the list (if you guess wrong, it most probably says something about that you don't have a hardware for this driver and you have lost few seconds of your life; not very fatal).

Actually this phase can be automated by installing a package called "kudzu" or "discover". Then they just announce that you have this and this hardware and i would like to install this driver.

b) Put following lines to /etc/network/interfaces

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

or if you do not obtain your ip-address automaticly by dhcp, put something like

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

(with your values, of course).
and run "ifup eth0" and you should be in the network.

lil_redman 10-29-2003 10:47 AM

Alright, that will work. I appreciate it.

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