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    How to install woody's base without hitting the net?
    Contributed by s5fb29330 on Saturday, November 10 @ 05:33:18 GMT

    This may be obvious to some of you, but I've done a fair bit of searching around without finding any information that will help me accomplish my goal. I wish to create a bootable CD-ROM that installs the base system, and only the base system, from woody. My other two requirements are that no network access be needed for installing the base system and that I be able to update my CD image frequently by downloading updated packages from a package mirror.

    As woody no longer has a single tarball for the base system, I'm not sure how to accomplish this. Which packages do I need to put on the CD? Is there a list somewhere?

    Again, apologies if this is something obvious. There are certain aspects of Debian that can be difficult to learn when you're starting with near-zero knowledge about them.

    DanielS: I'm honestly not sure you can. Try the woody CD images (link in the Debian Links box on the left-hand side).

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    Re: How to install woody's base without hitting the net? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, November 10 @ 13:16:37 GMT

    I have done it before for a friend, well, upgrading from a potato install anyway.

    I used apt-move on my machine to setup a mirror on my machine, and did a dist-upgrade on his machine over the lan. all good.

    He had the same computing needs as me so i didn't need to get any extra packages.

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    debootstrap (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, November 11 @ 03:00:44 GMT

    Have a look at the debootstrap package, its a script used by the installer to download base and other bits.

    You can get a list of essential, required and base packages from the /var/lib/dpkg/available file, but if you look at the top of /usr/lib/debootstrap/scripts/woody you will see debootstrap has them predefined.

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