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Author: Ozi Traveller
To: Hendrik Boom
CC: dng
New-Topics: Re: [DNG] net-install troubles [SOLVED]
Subject: Re: [DNG] net-install troubles
The non-free firmware is here:


On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 6:31 AM Hendrik Boom <hendrik@???> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 06:20:19PM +0000, Curtis Maurand via Dng wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I'm new to the mailing list, but not new to devuan. I've been running
> devuan ascii in production for a couple of years. I really like the
> product. My system is so much more stable without systemd and all the bull
> associated with Ubuntu.
> >
> > I've been trying to use the net-install from a USB stick on a system
> that does not have a CD-ROM attacted. It has been a failure.
> >
> > Here are the troubles. If any of you have work arounds, I'd be grateful
> >
> > first it complains about needing a non-free firmware for the wifi device
> and asks for a a non-existant CD. It keeps asking and I keep saying no. It
> look for the ISO that is loaded from the USB stick or go out to the network
> for the firmware since it asks again after the network loads and configures.
> >
> > It asks for a realtek driver for the realtek nic's but they seem to work
> OK.
> Sorry. I don't know where to get the nonfree firmware if it isn't on
> your installation media. Perhaps you are installing in a mode that
> refuses nonfree anything? I believe there's an option in the installer
> to allow nonfree firmware. That's an option the Free Software
> Foundation complains about and refuses to consider Debian and Devuan to
> be truly free.
> See if you can find that option.
> >
> > When partitioning the disk, It sees the exisiting partitions and
> > filesystems that are there (Ext4, BTRFS and SWAP). When I go to set
> > the mount point and whether to use the partition I get the choice of
> > "Do not use," Ext2, Fat16, and Fat32. No Ext4 or BTRFS which are the
> > two that i need.
> Maybe a workaround?
> Are you planning to install the new system on those Ext4, BTRFS
> partitions?
> Or are you going to install it on new partitions and have the eventual
> installed system use those partitions?
> If the latter, you could install a minimal system on the partitions it
> will let you use, and then afterward add the others to the /etc/fstab
> file.
> This whole situation puzzles me; I have never had to do this on a new
> install.
> I have done things like this on my server, which has had no new
> installation of Debian/Devuan for over a decade. Create new partitions
> for new file systems, copy the entire system over, adjust critical files
> (like /etc/fstab) in the copied system, boot into it and then upgrade.
> I go through this charade to make sure I have a fallback in case the
> upgrade fails (it has once -- ran out of disk space in /usr) but it also
> works when I want to change file systems.
> But I've never had it on a new install.
> -- hendrik
> >
> > At this point, I have to give up. I'm about to try the Desktop-Live. The
> net-install should work and have drivers for Ext4 at least, right?
> >
> > Should I install ascii and then do a dist-upgrade? I've done that to a
> couple of very lightweight systems (DNS servers) successfully.
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> > Curtis
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