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I'm trying to create a custom Debian liveCD using live-helper, but offline. It was more or less possible with apt-cdrom (using the official DVDs to solve all the dependencies).

I did lh config and then lh build, like I'm supposed to. Problem is it failed and gave me this error:

E: Failed getting release file: http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/dists/squeeze/Release

I poked around the internet and found an option about --mirror-bootstrap and using it to redirect to http://localhost/debian, but it gives the same error. I even tried fetching the Release file and using a local path (eg /root/debian/dists/squeeze/Release), but it wouldn't recognize it. I seem to need to use a URL, but I can't use a url to redirect to local hard drive.

I did find this though: http://lists.debian.org/debian-live/2007/07/msg00152.html
I didn't find any solution there, but it's the most information I could find.

I can't connect that computer to the internet, what can I do??

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Are you running a web server? – Tshepang May 31 '11 at 14:58
nope. Just basic Debian, not even with a GUI. – user May 31 '11 at 15:26
Run a web server (I recommend cherokee... for your purpose, it won't need any setup), add a link to your local repository (sudo ln -s /root/debian /var/www), and try again. – Tshepang May 31 '11 at 16:20
the hell? why does it have to be so complicated? – user Jun 5 '11 at 5:29
It's just two steps... install a web server and tell it where your repository is located. – Tshepang Jun 5 '11 at 12:39
up vote 2 down vote accepted

These instructions assume that you want to create a live disc from just one Debian DVD (or CD). I don't know how to combine different CD/DVD images to be one repository.

  1. Install a web server:

    sudo apt-get install cherokee
  2. Create a mount point on the web server path and mount the disc:

    sudo mkdir /var/www/squeeze
    sudo mount /dev/scd0 /var/www/squeeze
  3. Create a directory which will contain the configs and the live disc and navigate to it:

    mkdir /path/to/live-build-dir
    cd /path/to/live-build-dir
  4. Run live-build config generator:

    lb config --mirror-bootstrap http://localhost/squeeze

    Look at lb_config manpage for a myriad other options. Also, ensure to wipe out your config directories if you re-run lb config command. Look at the docs for an explanation.

  5. Build the live disc:

    sudo lb build


  • I've tried with direct file access (file:/path/to/apt-repository), and it doesn't work. Probably a bug.

  • If you want to build Squeeze images, use the Squeeze version of live-build. The version in Wheezy or Unstable is currently broken, and the developers discourage it's usage, other than for testing. The config formats are not even compatible.

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I'm going in this direction, I got cherokee working and files there seem to work. How do I get a local repository? I'm not 100% sure what does it mean, can you explain in a sentence? (like, do I run apt-local get_repository or something?) I got a local repository in the form of the installation DVD, and someone mentioned I can mount them to /var/www/, how do I do that? (just mount /dev/hdc /var/www apt-repository?) – user Jun 15 '11 at 17:04
I added the info addressing your question on the Answer. – Tshepang Jun 15 '11 at 17:53
Thanks. You rock! – user Jun 15 '11 at 19:03
It failed on "installing base packages", specifically isc-dhcp-common. bah. What now? – user Jun 16 '11 at 5:27
Can you update your post with the exact error message as well as the exact disc (e.g. Debian 6.0.1 disc1). – Tshepang Jun 16 '11 at 6:49

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