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Sun, 23 Oct 2005

Installing Debian packages from CD images without burning the CDs

The Debian distribution is growing, and now consists of something like 7 CDs or 2 DVDs. But no simple way is provided to install packages directly from the ISO images without burning them to a CD or DVD first. I decided I'd like to do exactly that, so I'll share how I did it here. Perhaps the Debian developers will add functionality to apt to do this automagically at some point.

  1. Put the ISO images somewhere sensible.
    mkdir /iso
    mv debian-31r0a-i386-binary-*.iso /iso
  2. For each ISO image you need a directory to mount it on.
    mkdir -p /mnt/deb/iso1
    mkdir -p /mnt/deb/iso2
    mkdir -p /mnt/deb/iso3
    and so on...
  3. For each ISO image add a line to /etc/fstab to mount it on system startup.
    /iso/debian-31r0a-i386-binary-1.iso	/mnt/deb/iso1	iso9660	loop	0	0
    /iso/debian-31r0a-i386-binary-2.iso	/mnt/deb/iso2	iso9660	loop	0	0
    /iso/debian-31r0a-i386-binary-3.iso	/mnt/deb/iso3	iso9660	loop	0	0
    and so on...
  4. For each ISO image add a line to /etc/apt/sources.list to use it.
    deb file:///mnt/deb/iso1 sarge main contrib
    deb file:///mnt/deb/iso2 sarge main contrib
    deb file:///mnt/deb/iso3 sarge main contrib
    and so on...
  5. Tell Debian to use use the images.
    mount -a
    apt-get update

From now on apt should use the ISO images directly when you install packages.


posted at: 15:10 | path: /2005/10/23 | permanent link to this entry

ASUS A8V Wireless Edition on Linux

I have made instructions available on how to use the wireless interface on the ASUS A8V Wireless Edition motherboard under Linux. These instructions should work for anyone using a device with the Ralink RT2500 chipset. Judging from the number of hits I get on similar instructions I have made before, I assume this will be useful to someone.


posted at: 14:42 | path: /2005/10/23 | permanent link to this entry