Linked by Clinton De Young on Sun 27th Oct 2002 18:15 UTC
Debian and its clones After reading many of the posts regarding the recent OSNews story, "An Unbiased Review of Debian 3.0", I thought this article may be useful to those who would like to try Debian, but are a little intimidated by its installer. Several of the posts to the above mentioned story indicated that Debian's installer was a huge hurtle for many people, who would otherwise like to try it. I have found Debian to be the most useful flavor of Linux, so I wanted to write an easy, though somewhat long, walkthrough in the hopes of allowing a wider audience to experience first hand this stable and unique Linux distribution.
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Re: PPP by johnG
by Peter on Wed 30th Oct 2002 09:05 UTC

(Someone with no Debian experience here): I think what you're suggesting is to download the package files:
copy them to a floppy, boot into Debian, and then tell apt where to find them (that is, on the floppy). Correct?

Actually, once you've got the .deb packages on a floppy or FAT partition and rebooted back to Debian (or came home from work or other connected computer where you downloaded the files onto a diskette), mount it (mount /floppy for diskette or, if you have it on the same computer on a different partition by, say, mount /dev/hda1 /mnt) and then use dpkg instead of apt-get:
dpkg --install /floppy/ppp*deb
(maybe --install can be -i, but I don't remember at the moment)

This way you would install every Debian package in /floppy that started with ppp. If your mounted partition is /mnt, then replace /floppy/ppp*deb with /mnt/ppp*deb, etc. Also, if you've managed to install and configure mtools, you could first run:
mcopy A:ppp*.deb /tmp
and then
dpkg --install /tmp/ppp*.deb

I believe those commands should work. Let me know if I messed up somewhere. :-) (you can also use my e-mail)

That backslash for mcopy is correct and required to "escape" the star.

- Peter.