Debian Questions

Robert Spangler spangler.robert at
Sun Aug 3 16:51:42 EDT 2008

Maybe a bug that I need to report.

Another question: Maybe I skipped over it but the aptitude manpage 
doesn't seem to explain how to install a .deb archive.  I downloaded 
Virtual Box and wish to install it but if I do aptitude install <file> 
it says that it can't find such a package.  Also, on the download page 
for Virtual Box, it only had a version available for Debian 4.0 - should 
this still work with Sid Unstable?  Should I just do aptitude install 
virtualbox and accept what it has, as it is only 10MB?  It said that 
some module package is broken.

So far loving Debian!  Only distro, besides Ubuntu, that I've been 
successful using Gnome.


Gregory Nowak wrote:
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> Is this something new in the Lenny installer? When I installed Sarge,
> and then Etch on another machine afterwords, I seem to remember being
> able to select whether I wanted to install lilo, or grub during the
> install process.
> Greg
> On Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 05:14:59PM +0100, Samuel Thibault wrote:
>> Robert Spangler, le Sun 03 Aug 2008 12:04:55 -0400, a ?crit :
>>> I didn't quite see it as a problem.
>> Well, what you describe below suggests that there _is_ a problem a
>> problem :)
>>> I think the issue is that, by 
>>> default, when hitting tab at the boot screen and inputting Speakup 
>>> parameters, I don't get the expert installation which is why all of 
>>> these options are chosen for me?
>> IIRC even in expert installation mode debian doesn't let you choose
>> between grub and lilo.
>>> That is just my observation so please correct me if I am wrong.  So if
>>> I could figure out how to get the expert mode to start with Speakup,
>>> that would probably remedy the problem?
>> That's probably described in the installation manual.
>> Samuel
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