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When going through the "Install the Base System" on a Dell PC, it doesn't see the path to dists/woody/main/binary-i386/Release, even though it's there. How do I get past this? Thnx, Dave...

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    Default Debian Newbie Installation: Trouble w/ "Install the Base System"

    When going through the "Install the Base System" on a Dell PC, it
    doesn't see the path to dists/woody/main/binary-i386/Release, even
    though it's there. How do I get past this?

    Thnx,

    Dave
    Dave Guest

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    Default Re: Debian Newbie Installation: Trouble w/ "Install the Base System"

    In article <google.com>, Dave wrote: 
    Can you switch to anther tty (i.e. Alt-F2), and verify that everything
    is mounted okay?

    try the "mount" command
    John Guest

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    Default Re: Debian Newbie Installation: Trouble w/ "Install the Base System"

    Thanks for the help. I ran `mount`, and it shows /dev/ram0 and /proc.
    How do I determine the device of the CD-ROM so I can mount it? I
    come from an HP-UX background, and I'd run `ioscan -fn` to see the
    devices, but Debian doesn't have such a function.

    Thnx,

    Dave


    John Doe <com> wrote in message news:<com>... 
    > Can you switch to anther tty (i.e. Alt-F2), and verify that everything
    > is mounted okay?
    >
    > try the "mount" command[/ref]
    Dave Guest

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    Default Re: Debian Newbie Installation: Trouble w/ "Install the Base System"

    Scratch my last post about the CD-ROM. I got it mounted, but the
    system is apparently not seeing what it needs. When doing the
    "Install the Base System", it asks for the directory to Release or
    basedebs.tar. Release is where it is supposed to be in
    dists/woody/main/binary-i386, but basedebs.tar is nowhere on the CD.
    Is this part of the problem?



    John Doe <com> wrote in message news:<com>... 
    > Can you switch to anther tty (i.e. Alt-F2), and verify that everything
    > is mounted okay?
    >
    > try the "mount" command[/ref]
    Dave Guest

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    Default Re: Debian Newbie Installation: Trouble w/ "Install the Base System"

    In article <google.com>, Dave wrote: 

    It's been a while since I installed, but I could have sworn it should
    be a tar.gz or tgz file.. anyway...
     

    This is a wild guess, but I believe that debian has some default mount
    points for the cdrom and it is probably looking for it there.

    I would try locating the basedebs.tar (or whatever file extension it is)
    file using the 'find' command on your mount point for your cdrom just to
    verify that it is there.

    If your cdrom is mounted on '/mypersonalfavoritecdmountpoint' I would't
    be surprised that it couldn't find it.

    What is unfortunate is that it didn't automatically mount it. But this
    is strange, b/c if you booted from the cd - I imagine it should have
    mounted it alright.


    Last resort.... join the debian-user mailing list. They should be able
    to figure it out real fast!!
    -jd



     
    >> Can you switch to anther tty (i.e. Alt-F2), and verify that everything
    >> is mounted okay?
    >>
    >> try the "mount" command[/ref][/ref]
    John Guest

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    Default Re: Debian Newbie Installation: Trouble w/ "Install the Base System"

    In article <google.com>, Dave wrote: 

    After checking out the default file system that the boot cd sets up, it
    looks likely that it mounts the cd on /mnt/cdrom. is that where you are
    mounting it?

    You know... I recall having a VERY SIMILAR problem and I can't quite
    remember how I resolved it. I *think* I may have been using the wrong
    debian cd. But then again... you *did* say that the requested files are
    there....

    I think alt-f3 (during installation) brings you to a tty that shows all
    error messages. Kinda like error.log file. Might there be some helpful
    messages there telling you what is wrong?
    -jd 
    >> Can you switch to anther tty (i.e. Alt-F2), and verify that everything
    >> is mounted okay?
    >>
    >> try the "mount" command[/ref][/ref]
    John Guest

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