debian install question?

Kerry Hoath kerry at
Mon Apr 23 20:29:45 EDT 2012

Installing the doc-debian packages after install will provide you with 
html docs on your own system.

Of course you are free to mirror piles of the debian resources, and also 
to install linux-doc packages on your system.

Sadly a 1-file version of the debian manual is likely to crash most 
things you load it into and is a god-awful thing to search inside easily 
and difficult to maintain.

The size and amount of data precludes local storage of but a fraction. 
Broadband internet is the way to keep up to date and connected for those 
that choose to use it.

Regards, Kerry.

On 24/04/2012 12:02 AM, Karen Lewellen wrote:
> Hi Kerry,
> Thanks for this excellent detailed answer. While I have not as of yet
> read the update Sam referenced in his later note, your explanation helps
> very much.
> Honestly I find the debian documentation very well written and easy to
> understand. I only wish that I could likewise find a single downloadable
> copy of the manual. one of the terrific tings about lynx is that I can
> email pages to myself constructing the sections I need.
> Had to smile at the capable reference. if Debian developers require it,
> I are say they provide an accessible capable browser in the distribution
> smiles.
> thanks again,
> Karen
> On Mon, 23 Apr 2012, Kerry Hoath wrote:
>> Ok I am responding to this section of your message:
>> archive mirror selection, type '<' to get back to main menu, change
>> the priority to lowest, enter the mirror selection part again, and then
>> The debian installer is a menu based system. Generally it selects the
>> next and default option you want to use based on what you have done so
>> far so for example first you configure a language then you configure a
>> keyboard.
>> You can do the steps out of order, and in fact changing the priority
>> is an option toward the bottom of the menu that you can execute out of
>> sequence which will then influence the next steps of the install.
>> You need to change the order of steps once the installer guides you to
>> the select mirror archive section which is what is being stated in the
>> Readme.
>> At this point you hit < to go back to the main menu, select the
>> priority option then return to your mirror selection.
>> Do keep in mind that Linux distributions are complicated animals with
>> widely varying documentation which ranges from excellent to poor.
>> Generally the Debian documentation is rather good, although it is
>> often required to look up stuff on the net with a capable browser.
>> Note capable here is defined as a browser capable of rendering
>> javascript and supporting session cookies as many of the forum sites
>> require these.
>> Others on this list can speak regarding the chalenges of configuring
>> Orca and Gnome or other GUI based accessibility, I only have
>> experience with server admin via ssh and a little speakup.
>> Regards, Kerry.
>> On 23/04/2012 11:37 AM, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I have been reading through the debian documentation in general, I admit
>>> it would have been far simpler to find one file comprising the Debian
>>> documentation, but I imagine the break down is advantageous if one is
>>> reading on line.
>>> I have two questions, one based on
>>> Samuel's instructions below, so let me start with that.
>>> I wish to be very specific so as to direct the answer in my desired
>>> direction.
>>> In his readme file Samuel writes the following.
>>> > As a replacement, the testing images (i.e. Wheezy) can be
>>> downloaded > from
>>> >
>>> As stated earlier, I have the cd image from here, the first disc only. I
>>> have all of the debian squeeze images on DVD and intend finishing the
>>> install from my external DVD drive
>>> Samuel said in a prior note that this will be possible as debian does
>>> not care where the install is coming from. I still have no network, so
>>> prefer having more debian than having to go back for anything else
>>> later.
>>> I have a question about the below sentence however.
>>> Again from the readme file...
>>> , and just before
>>> > archive mirror selection, type '<' to get back to main menu, change
>>> > the priority to lowest, enter the mirror selection part again, and
>>> then
>>> Can you be more specific here? I understand from the install manual how
>>> one changes priority to expert mode.
>>> where I am unsure is the "just before the mirror archive selection," and
>>> next, " enter the mirror archive part again." aspect of your
>>> instructions?
>>> This is not part of the I want to be sure I have in my notes
>>> what will happen and how to choose to install squeeze once in expert
>>> mode.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Karen
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