I am setting up debian on an old machine to use as a home fileserver and am having issues installing. I hooked up the network over Ethernet using my laptop's network share and I think the connection is working (is there a way to test this in the installer?) but the installer freezes on "Retrieving apt" and then fails about a minute later.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Quit the installer, but leave the live disk running. Open a terminal, and type sudo ping -c4 debian.org Also, what version are you attempting to install/?
    – eyoung100
    Oct 2, 2014 at 22:29
  • You should be able to use a terminal without quitting the installer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or is it F2? I don't know which one the installer is using itself). Also, on Ctrl+Alt+F4 should be a debug log that hopefully contains additional information. Oct 2, 2014 at 22:52

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Try using a different Internet access.

Debian uses http & ftp mirrors.

FTP is the "classical" problematic-to-NAT protocol.

Hence, "network sharing" usually implies a NAT, because the machine sharing the connection has exactly one IP itself.

  • So it would probably be a better idea to plug this into my router via ethernet then see if the install works? Nov 18, 2014 at 21:31

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