Questions tagged [debian-installer]

Debian-installer (d-i) is the system installation program used by Debian and one of two used by Ubuntu, along with /ubiquity. Use this for questions specifically about d-i. For generic system installation questions, use /system-installation.

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What's the consequences if I don't install the “standard system utilities” of Debian?

During the installation, there is a choice to let you choose which desktop and whether or not install the standard system utilities. See here for the screen shot and the packages included. Personally ...
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Which Debian kernel should I install?

I've started installing Debian testing on amd64 and I've come to a screen asking me to install a kernel. It gives me a choice between linux-image-3.16-2-amd64, linux-image-amd64, and none. What is ...
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Is it still possible to install Debian 5 in 2018?

I would like to install Debian 5 on an older PC, because I expect that the kernel of Debian 5 would work better on this computer. I downloaded the netinstall ISO from debian.org and I tried to ...
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Why is my Debian 9 (Stretch) Linux kernel not getting upgraded after 'apt install'?

I spent the better part of the month trying to install, reinstall, delete manually, and reinstall the latest linux-image-4.9.0-8 (or thereof) onto my Debian 9 (Stretch), but it will always (re)...
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Debian Desktop Environment in Installer

I have researched the heck out of this question and found two pages about the issue but not clarifying it. In the debian-installer during the optional software selection phase you have these options: ...
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Debian install failing due to CDROM not being detected

A similar question got asked but got closed. If you install Debian 7.7 to a USB in Windows with unetbootin and then try to install Debian from that USB, it will complain that it 'cannot mount CDROM' ...
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How do I install “non-free firmware” (wifi driver) from USB? (Debian)

I just installed Debian on laptop, it tells me Some of your hardware needs non-free firmware files to operate. The firmware can be loaded from removable media, such as a USB stick or floppy. ...
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Why debootstrap can only run as root?

I want to download Debian system using debootstrap (creating chroot environment) and when I run debootstrap stable ./dir $debian_ftp, debootstrap says: E: debootstrap can only run as root Why can't ...
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What values from debconf-get-selections should not be preseeded?

I want to replicate the Debian installation choices made for my system's current configuration in the installation of a new system. Debian can be pre-configured through a "pre-configuration" (aka "...
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Preseeding Ubuntu installation so it uses all the disk

I need to preseed a dual boot installation of Ubuntu 10.04. I want partman to use all already existing Linux partitions and all free space (like the option when installing Fedora) what would that ...
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MariaDB - dependency problems - leaving unconfigured

I have tried to install ISPConfig3 on Debian Jessie 8.1, and it couldnt connect to mySQL (mariaDB 10.1). So I CTRL+C to kill the install and I tried to manually login to mySQL, but I failed. It was ...
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Debian laptop installation fails due to debootstrap error “Failed to determine the codename for the release” at “Install the base system”

So I'm trying to install Debian 9.0 to my laptop (UEFI) via DVD and everything worked fine except that the mousepad doesn't work (yet?) and that I'm getting this error: Debootstrap error Failed ...
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Installing Debian: Force UEFI, what does it affect?

I've got a laptop here that came with a Windows 8 installation. What I did: Removed the harddisk, put in an SSD, and now I've (unsuccessfully) tried to install Debian. I've used all the default ...
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Prevent Language selection at ubuntu installation

I would like to make a completely unattended installation of Ubuntu Server 14.04 from an USB drive where I extracted the ubuntu-14.04.2-server.iso In /syslinux/txt.cfg of the USB drive, I added the ...
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How does debian-installer configure WiFi during installation?

I am building Raspberry Pi images using the raspi3-image-spec project. Since it isn't the result of a conventional d-i installation, it obviously neither asks nor configures the root with WiFi ...
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debian installer error “Your installation CDROM couldn't be mounted” [closed]

UPDATE: I found a solution: after the installer demands the CD-ROM, take the USB out of the port and then reinsert it. Scan again for the CD-ROM and the USB drive will be recognized. The ...
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How to prevent network autodetection in debian-install?

I'm trying to use the Debian install media rescue mode on a Sun Ultra 10 so that I can use the shell to investigate an old SCSI disk I have. It seems that the last version of Debian where a SPARC ...
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Different console font sizes on two installations of debian wheezy

I have installed Debian Wheezy on two different partitions of the same desktop computer. The first installation was done a few months ago with a version 7.5 iso image. The installation has been ...
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Debian preseed doesn't create lvm's, but are in the expert recipe

I created a preseed script with help from this blog and I altered it to create some logical volumes on it too. The result of the script is this: d-i debian-installer/locale string en_US.UTF-8 d-...
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grub error: you need to load kernel first

I'm installing Debian 9 on an HP ProLiant DL180. When I boot from a USB drive, it opens grub2 and when I type boot it gives an error : you need to load kernel first.
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How can I (re)show post-installation notes?

Occasionally, a package shows a post-install message. How can I replay this message for a given package on a Debian system? Compare to FreeBSD: pkg info -D PACKAGE Compare to MacPorts: port notes ...
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Reason for BusyBox environment in debian-installer?

Debian-installer main menu has an "Execute a shell" option which starts an ash(Almquist shell) in BusyBox environment. One can exit this environment back to debian-installer with the exit command. ...
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Can't install debian because installer doesn't parse IP correctly?

I am trying to install debian on Virtual box using debian-7.8.0-amd64-netinst.iso When I insert my proxy server http://192.168.2.2:3128, it says the installer failed to access the mirror. However on ...
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How to increase number of inodes at partitioning during installation of Debian?

My system needs a very high number of inodes on the partition because it is going to store many, many small files. (It's going to be an OSM, OpenStreetMap TileServer running mapnik and tirex). As ...
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Enable systemd service file?

I have created a debian package for one of my autotool project.I don't have any problem in debian creation and installation.The problem is that debian includes a systemd service file and I'm ...
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Installing Debian with encrypted root: installer does not see EFI /boot partition

I am trying to do what I think is a pretty standard setup of encrypted / partition and unencrypted /boot using the Debian installer (for Stretch-rc1). I created /boot by selecting the option EFI ...
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How do you write a grub.cfg menuentry for Debian Netinst (8.2 as of writing) to boot via USB?

I keep several Linux distros on a USB stick and manage them by simply writing grub.cfg entries for each distro. The other distros I keep on the stick boot and run just fine, but I (and others, it ...
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What is the the solution for the error"Platform MSFT0101:00: failed to claim resource 1?

I have been trying to install debian 8 to my laptop yet i could not because i am getting errors like "Platform MSFT0101:00: failed to claim resource 1" and uncompression error.
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Warning about partition offset when installing Debian

I got an error: the partition /dev/sda1 assigned to / starts at an offset of 3584 bytes from the minimum alignment for this disk, which may lead to very poor performance. I want to install Debian ...
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How to install Debian GNU/Linux on HP Chromebook 14? USB boot doesn't works!

Following this guide from the debian wiki, I'm tring to install Debian on my HP Chromebook 14 (FALCO). The problem is that, when I choose "Install" in the Debian-Installer's menu, instead of the ...
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Tool to create recipe to preseed partitioning

I want to preseed an Ubuntu 12.04 installer using a custom partitioning recipe. My disk layout is reasonably complex, and so is the recipe syntax itself. Hand-crafting such a recipe seems tedious and ...
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How I can download a blu-ray iso of Debian with the most amount of packages possible for work offline?

I have pretty decent bandwidth here, but soon I will need to be abroad with nothing except for a small mobile connection. So I would like to obtain the biggest possible ISO of Debian. In other words, ...
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How to use proprietary wireless drivers during Debian USB install?

I downloaded the Debian amd64 netinstall ISO and put it onto a USB stick. The installer runs fine, but my laptop requires proprietary wireless drivers (iwlwifi) to get internet during the install. ...
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Is it possible to get shell at the end of debian installation but before rebooting?

I want to run some post-installation commands. The installer offers only reboot option. Is it possible to do that?
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Correct place for EFI when installing Debian 9.9

I am installing Debian 9.9, I want this layout for my 1 TB hard disk with 8 GB Ram. Size Name / Mounted at 512 MB EFI System Partition 40 GB / 8GB /...
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Display related problems during Debian installation

I am building a new PC, and I can’t install Debian. When I start my USB boot drive, I see the booting menu as below. Then when I select "Graphical install" and I get the following problem: When I ...
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How to force to override files when creating deb package?

I am trying to create a deb package of programX.Y, it is possible that in the destine system exist the same program but other version (programX.Z) if I generate a deb pacakge with: dpkg-buildpackage -...
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Using d-i partman recipe strings?

I want to automatically partition all of my workstations in the same way: First partition is a bootable 1GB ext4 /boot partition Second partition is a 2GB swap partition Third partition is an ext4 / ...
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is there a try debian without install option?

I made a usb installer, but I can't see this option as in ubuntu. Below is the screenshot. Is there a simple way that I can try debian out without destory my current system?
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Install Debian with only essential packages

I am attempting to build an extremely minimal installation of Debian. What is the best way to install the operating system with only packages marked as Essential, excluding Important and Recommended ...
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Does Debian use GB or GiB for it's partition manager during installation?

I'd like to create a 5GB (1000) as one partition during the install of Debian. However, I'm not sure if if the partition manager uses Gib or GB. The version of Debian to be installed is 8.4 using the ...
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Issues with installing NetworkManager during Debian installation with preseeding

I'm currently in the progress of preseeding a Debian installation with custom setup scripts running after the actual installation to create a simple installer that will create everything that I need. ...
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How to pass parameters for Debian installer (.deb)

I am developing a specialized Unix application that has the Debian installer (.deb). It needs to get few simple string values during installation. These values must be picked by the post-install bash ...
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Installing Debian on secondary hard drive [from Windows]

I received an old Windows Server and I'd like to remove everything and put Debian on it. The server is USB-boot protected (if I put a USB key w/ Debian live install, the server doesn't boot) so I took ...
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How can I tell if the Debian installer has booted in UEFI mode or not?

The Debian Wiki UEFI page says Troubleshooting How to tell if you've booted via UEFI The Debian installer splash screen will say it's the UEFI installer, and will look slightly different to ...
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Debian only recognizing eth0 on install

I'm trying to install debian on a laptop, on which I previously had ubuntu with everything working fine. After trying various ISOs (including firmware, looking at sid, testing, and stable), it always ...
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Debian live install ''How to launch the installer on the terminal without aborting the live session?''

On debian Jessie Live CD it is possible to run the installer by choosing Install debian Jessie or by running sudo debian-installer-launcher from the terminal , but the installer will be launched on ...
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Debian blu-ray and dvd both have 3 disks, what is the purpose of the blu-ray discs?

I tried to download the Debian "testing" (aka "stretch) install media that is blu-ray because I wanted a one disk solution. When I went to the Debian site to download the blu-ray disk... there was 3 ...
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Debian - disabling use mirror on preseed.cfg

I have created a preseed automated installation on my Debian jessie 8, but after installing the base packages, it returns error message error it can not use the mirror package, please enter ...
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Debian installer - customize busybox and live system/environment

I'm trying to reinstall Debian on a netbook and do it without sloppy tricks so that I can repeat the process if necessary. Specifically, I'm trying to customize the installer to include the wifi ...