[Q] Installing Debian 3 off the network.....

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Sun Aug 11 23:54:17 EST 2002

On Sunday, August 11, 2002, at 05:46 , Donovan J. Edye wrote:

> ... I don't want to necessarily repartition the disk but just reformat 
> the partitions and start from scratch.

Do you really want to start from scratch?

Upgrading to Debian 3.0 from a previous Debian version is actually quite 
easy.  The hairiest part is upgrading the kernel.

There are tools like deborphan and cruft which will help you clean up 
after upgrading from a messy system.

> Because this box is hard to get at I would like to let it install off 
> my home LAN (I have the 7 Debian CDs).

How is the box hard to get at?  You can upgrade from one Debian version 
to another almost entirely by remote access, but to do a fresh install 
you'll have to be sitting in front of the machine to operate the 

> Can anyone point me at some online resources that would tell me how to 
> go about this?

Using a netinst CD, you only need one CD and a network connection to do 
a complete install (formatting the partitions, etc).  Start looking for 
a netinst CD here: http://mirrors.sunsite.dk/debian-netinst-cd/ - I can 
provide a working CD on request (and I'll ride it out to your house if 
you give me an address).

Using a previously installed Debian as a base to upgrade from, you only 
need command line access from anywhere.
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