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.
- Put the ISO images somewhere sensible.
mkdir /iso mv debian-31r0a-i386-binary-*.iso /iso
- 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/iso3and so on...
- 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 0and so on...
- 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 contriband so on...
- 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.
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.