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Old 04-19-2006, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question How to use Mepis Extras CD with synaptic/apt-get

I have subscribed to MEPIS and have downloaded and generated the three Mepis Extras CDs for the SimplyMepis 3.4-3 released version. I have installed version 3.4-3 rc4 and it's working fine. ( Warren said it was to be the 3.4-3 release)I wish to try the 3 Extras CDs which are a repository of about 1500 programs. Does anyone know where to find the instructions for linking such CDs into the apt-get (or synaptic) utility? I assume that an entry in the sources.list is required but have no clue as to the Sources entry to use for such a situation. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
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In debian, you usually use apt-cdrom add.

Or try apt-setup probe with the CD in the drive.
Old 04-19-2006, 07:16 PM   #3
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A while back someone gave me the following info. and it worked. You have to set up a mount dir for the Cdrom. I think I ended up having to put it in the media folder with a link folder and then put it in fstab in media instead of mnt and then reboot and you still have to put the CDs in the sources list. Hope this helps.
My notes below.

You could add the cd directory to fstab in the static section.

/dev/hdd /mnt/cdrom iso9660,udf noauto,users,exec,ro 0 0

is what I have.

It might be /dev/hdc rather than /dev/hdd.

Check that you have a /mnt/cdrom folder. If not create the folder otherwise the changes in fstab won't work.

You may have to reboot, or restart x. (Exit and login again)
Old 04-19-2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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Using Extras CDs

After Synaptic has started click on Settings > Repositories. This
will bring up a new window. Disable all of the repositories by
clicking on the boxes with the "X". After you disable all of the
repositories click on the OK button.
Next you will next get a box informing you that your repositories
have changed. Click the Close button to continue.
Now we can start to add the MEPIS Extras CDs to your
repository list. Click on Edit > Add CDROM.... You will now be
prompted to insert a CD into your CD drive.
Place one of the MEPIS Extra CDs into your CDROM Drive and
click the OK button. The CD will be breifly read and ask to
confirm the name of the CD. Click the OK button again.
After Synaptic reads the package information from the CD you
will be prompted to either quit or add a new CD.
You can click the Add button to add the other MEPIS Extras
CD's. Once you have finished adding all of the MEPIS Extra
CDs you can click on the No button.
In the main Synaptic window click on the Reload button update
your package lists.
Now you can use Synaptic to search for installable software or
you can browse the available software by clicking on the Status
button in the lower left hand corner of the window and then
clicking on the Not Installed item above on the left hand side.
Select the packages you would like to install and click the Apply
NOTE: Keep your CDs handy while installing this way. Synaptic
will ask for them as you install new packages. You may also
need to reboot after installing the packages.

One other thing: this version doesn't always set up CD, so you may need to do this:
add to fstab:
/dev/hdd /mnt/cdrom iso9660,udf noauto,users,exec,ro 0 0
then create cdrom folder in mnt: mnt/cdrom. reboot

Post to -- very helpful forum
Download the user guide

(I copied this from page 46-47 of the user guide)
Use the wiki you can search it


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Old 04-19-2006, 08:17 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys! This version uses udev to access the CD drives), and I am totally unfamiliar with how it works. Putting in the static reference and the /mnt/cdrom folder worked out fine, and the synaptic routine for adding CD sources really saves a lot of agony. This system doesn't recognize apt-setup; it probably was thought to be superfluous with the synaptic utility..
I have two drives; CD and DVD I suspect that synaptic might have trouble with that, since it expects the /mnt/cdrom link.
Thanks again


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