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    Installing SID, not over the net.
    Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, November 26 @ 23:26:08 GMT

    Ask Debianplanet
    I am planning on temporarily moving, and under the circumstances I can't take my PC. I'm not sure if the new place is broadband "activiated" yet, but I'd like to plan to cope if its not. I'm going to take my potato CD's and install the base system on a computer, and then intend to upgrade to SID - the probrlem being that I may not have broadband. So how can I get all the required packages I'll need (basically all the ones installed on my system at the moment - I clean out the apt cache fairly often) onto a CD or two, and ensure that it will be a smooth installation? Anyone had experience with this?

    DanielS: You may want to either run debootstrap to give you a woody/sid setup, or get the ISOs from the site listed in the left-hand-side panels.

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    Re: Installing SID, not over the net. (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, November 26 @ 23:34:52 GMT

    The problem with debootstrap, as DanielS mentioned, is that it requires floppy disks.. I don't trust floppy disks.

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    dpkg-repack && apt-zip maybe (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 @ 03:36:27 GMT

    Isnt dpkg-repack supposed to be able to recreate the .deb after its been installed.

    And apt-zip is for backing up groups of (partial) debs.

    So maybe you could backup all your existing installed packages to debs and then burn them onto a cd in an apt-zip compatable way.

    You need to automate this somehow (sounds like an idea for a program)

    NOTE: i know nothing much apt apt-zip and dpkg-repack except what ive read, so maybe its a bad idea

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    Re: Installing SID, not over the net. (Score: 1)
    by owen on Tuesday, November 27 @ 10:32:14 GMT
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    on current sid system use dbootstrap to make a minimal potato system in say /var/potato/

    do a

    dpkg --get-selections >/var/potato/tmp/selections


    cd /var/potato; chroot ./ /bin/bash

    you are now in a chroot potato system

    edit [potato]/etc/apt/sources.list to point to sid


    dpkg --set-selections
    then do

    apt-get update

    apt-get dist-upgrade -d

    apt-get dselect-upgrade -d

    This will [should!] pull all the required sid debs into [potato]/var/cache/apt/archive/

    exit the chroot and in parent sid burn all the /var/potato/var/cache/apt/archive/*.deb to cd.

    you will also need to run dpkg-scanpackages to make an apt-get Packages file (read the man pages I guess???) also burn selections file to cd

    After you move install minimum potato.

    point apt at you cd

    dpkg --set-selections

    apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dselect-upgrade

    bear in mind that this is all in my head and not theoretically tested... But I don't see why it should not work...


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    Re: Installing SID, not over the net. (Score: 1)
    by mucomycosis on Tuesday, November 27 @ 17:52:32 GMT
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    Doesn't this question come up over and over again? Slightly different question, but the answer is the same. There are scripts that take existing packages on your computer and make cds which are aptable, so you can install potato, add sid cds when prompted then when you install, you will get sid stuff right off the bat. No floppies, and you have all the packages that worked great on your system all ready.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Installing SID, not over the net. (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 @ 18:13:21 GMT

    apt-move sync

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    Re: Installing SID, not over the net. (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 @ 22:34:31 GMT

    foreach pkg in `dpkg -l | grep ^ii`; do dpkg-repack $pkg ; done

    This will give you a directory full of all the .debs you have installed. voila.

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