I have to build an install CD to help others people to setup a Debian server with Apache/Mysql/PHP and our application. But the CD must install the full system offline (because servers will be installed in Africa, without any internet access). It is for an Non Gouvernemental Organisation.

Using simple-cdd, I already have a CD which install all, but it stile need internet access for several packages. How can I correct this? The installer get packages files from the debian mirror, and packages files too.

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    From what I understood in simple-cdds HowTo, it should do exactly what you describe, i.e. pre-fetch all packages so the installer CD doesn't depend on an internet connection. Have you got any details, what you tried, what could have failed with using simple-cdd? – sr_ Dec 23 '11 at 22:33
  • It should, but it does not. On the ISO created by simplecdd I only have packages requested in profile.packages file, and none of dependancies of my packages. I handled this by reading from installation logs wich packages are installed, and added them to the packages list file. – Cédric Girard Dec 26 '11 at 13:36
  • Maybe a little bit off-topic, but Fedora can build a Live Media(CD/DVD) with packages I wanted. I just built my own Fedora Live Media with GNOME+LXDE Desktop/Eclipse/LibreOffice/Flash-plugin/audio video codec from 3rd party repositories/rgba font antialiasing. This live media can also used for offline installation. If Debian is an option, maybe you can try Fedora. – LiuYan 刘研 Dec 18 '12 at 2:58

Which packages are those, exactly?

In general, if you can't remove them from your collection, you'll have to rebuild the packages so that their install scripts do not try to access the net any more.

  • xorg and dependancies, gcc, etc... it is not the install scripts wich access the net, but the installer process itself. – Cédric Girard Dec 23 '11 at 22:22

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