Where do I can find the source code of the screens of the installation process of Debian?

I've tried: apt-get source debian-installer

But in this package I do not see the source code.

To be more specific I'm looking for the source code of this screen:

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  • If you want to know how it's done, almost certainly via ncurses, which has bindings for most high level languages.
    – goldilocks
    Mar 12, 2014 at 14:59
  • But, where is the source code? Mar 12, 2014 at 15:21

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Debian Installer is actually a bunch of different packages, in several repositories. The Debian Wiki has a page on how to get the Debian Installer source: Make sure mr is installed, and:

svn co svn://anonscm.debian.org/svn/d-i/trunk debian-installer
cd debian-installer
mr -p checkout

Beware it'll take a while, as its ~480MB.

The particular dialog you're interested in comes from:

  • packages/partman-base/debian/partman-base.templates
  • packages/partman-base/choose_partition/*
  • packages/partman-base/display.d/manual_partitioning
  • a bunch of .po files with translations to many, many languages

(The easiest way to find that is with ack-grep...)

Note that it's asked via Debconf, like the rest of the installer. So the same source drives the similar dialog in the graphical installer.

  • 1
    You can also specify -rHEAD at the end of the svn command to speed up that part a little. It's also not the size of all the checkouts that matters, it's more that there's 112 unique repositories that have to be checked out. If you don't mind putting extra load on the already slow anonscm.debian.org, mr -j8 -p checkout will speed it up, assuming you have the bandwidth Aug 7, 2016 at 6:19

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