What should I say here ?
I'm pretty good at translating Deutsch --> English.
- DAV : I created the Software Bazaar wiki
DAV : I created the local WikiNode on Debian Wiki.
(old install information)
Todo: delete irrelevant stuff. Move any remaining relevant information to DebianInstall or something like that.
2003-09-11: I'm installing Debian on a old (1997 !) Compaq server.
- installing Debian: I made a boot CD ("sarge") from
- I just turned on the power and the Compaq booted off it. I hit Enter ... selected the default language (English-US) ... selected "Detect a keyboard and select layout", hit enter, and I got the message
[!] Error running kbd-chooser An error or warning message was logged while running kbd-chooser Segmentation fault kbd-chooser's postinst exited with status 35584 Go Back Continue
Do I want to know what that means ? To who do I report that status number ?
Now I'm a bit stumped.
I suspect that the CD drive has gone bad -- I've seen 2 other CD drives from old used computers go bad in the past year.
So next I'm going to try with floppies...
2004-10-21: I get a nice email from someone at Debian asking if the latest version fixes the bug I reported.
I dust off the Compaq and start over.
Following the polite request in response to my bug report http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=242338 , I go to http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer . (Odd that this redirects me to http://www.nl.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ , but it's all still in English, so I ignore it.)
Under "daily built images" I choose "other boot images".
Then under "i386" at the intersection of "floppy" (because I suspect my CD drive is bad) and "Daily builds", I click "working". That leads me to http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/daily/floppy/ . I see 4 floppy images there, so I make 4 floppies.
2004-10-22:DAV: I try to take the default as much as possible.
I stick the boot.img floppy into the Compaq and turn it on. ...
... "Insert root floppy disk" ...
"You probably need to load drivers" Really ? No, I don't think so.
... Annoying -- on a different machine on the network, I get "there is an IP address conflict" pop up. I temporarily unplug its ethernet cable while I finish installing ...
... Partitioning ?SCSI1 (0,0,0) - 2.1 GB
#1 41 MB Compaq diagnostics
I delete all the other partitions, then I use "Guided partition" on the free space. It recommends "All files in one partition". It actually creates 2 more partitions (a total of 3), 123 MB for swap, 1.9 GB for /. ( / is ext3, bootable). (no more empty space).
... "Installing the Debian base system" ...
"Install GRUB ... to the master boot record ?" Yes.
"installation is complete".
Suuuuure it is. So I pull out the floppy and hit "Continue". Reboot.
Debian Configuration ...
apt configuration: ftp
I ping a few Debian mirrors from a different machine on this network; it seems that the fastest mirrors are:
debian.midco.net time=28ms debian.uchicago.edu time=44ms ftp.debian.org time=49ms ftp.us.debian.org time=49ms
Choose software to install: [ ] Desktop [ ] Web server ... I wish it told me how to get back to this menu. (Later I find out: run the base-config or tasksel program)
I leave them all blank.
Leaving them all blank gives the error: "There was a problem installng the selected software. One or more packages failed to install."
It's not OK, but I hit the OK button anyway, because there was no other option.
That returns me to the "base system configuration menu"; I hit enter to select "Select and install packages". Choosing nothing just returns me here again.
I choose [*] Desktop.
I get the same error: "There was a problem installing the selected software" ... "If you want, you can go back to the package selection step, and try again. If you decide not to try again, bear in mind that some packages on your sistem will be in a broken state until you manually resolve the problem." .
I skip over "Configure the Mail Transfer Agent" and jump right to "Finish configuring the base system".
"If you want to revisit this setup process at a later date, just run the base-config program."
I get a text login prompt. ping works fine. I run "base-config" ... I log in as root, and run "base-config".
Same error: "There was a problem installing the selected software"
(Now I need to "After using the Debian-Installer, please send us an installation report using the template, even if there weren't any problems." -- http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ )