Contents of the InstallDoc.txt file. This is an exact description of what has been done during installation of the full desktop version.
Debian 4.0-r0 Etch - installed offline and partly online, public version CD1: std Gnome system, modified sources.list, online: linux headers, gcc 4.1, fonts [Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 r0 _Etch_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 20070407-11:55] VMware Workstation 4.5.3 to make the base VM and then installed into 5.5.3 VMwareTools 6 beta e.x.p-42757 VMware virtual machine settings: ---------------------------- Host System Win2k sp4 offline Guest system other Linux 2.6 8 GB disc capacity split into files < 2 GB 96MB RAM NAT connected at startup cdrom pointed to iso file: debian-40r0-i386-CD-1.iso everything else as default Description of installation: ---------------------------- English South Africa German keyboard host name: debian (default) domain: localdomain (default) all files in one partition -> 279.6 MB swap (default) root password: root user full name: user user account name: user user password: user without network mirror (non default) security update repo security.debian.org commented out in /etc/apt/sources.list (automatic) don't send statistic info once a week (default) install (default) - Desktop environment - Standard system (installation would get much bigger with network mirror than with cd1 alone) wanted screen resolutions (default) - 640*480 - 800*600 - 1024*768 install GRUB boot loader to the master boot record (default) repoint cdrom in VMware to physical drive: auto detect reboot without cd into new system without logging in as user shutdown the system ---- boot log on options->security: allow root to log in log in as root change Font to Dejavu sans condensed 12 replace /etc/apt/sources.list from floppy disk for user and root (log out and in as user): change font to Dejavu sans condensed 12 (fixed: Dejavu sans mono book 14, title: Dejavu sans condensed bold 12) add keyboard switch to panel - US / German open Applications->System Tools->File Browser prefs: show hidden files, show list view, change date format, add delete item, never preview, only view executable files on click editor font screensaver off shutdown ------ boot and log in as root create a file named /etc/init.d/local with this inside: #!/bin/sh mount -a then run as root: chmod 755 /etc/init.d/local update-rc.d local start 98 2 3 4 5 . mkdir /etc/rc.d/ ln -s /etc/init.d/local /etc/rc.d/rc.local Don't miss the . in 2 3 4 5 . All you put inside this newly created local boot commands file named /etc/rc.d/rc.local is executed at boot. The mount -a is useful for automatically starting up CIFS or SMBFS. You'll find more info about this work-around at http://www.visoracle.com/download/debian/ shutdown ------ boot and log in as root check for the kernel version in a terminal uname -r which in this case is: 2.6.18-4-486 (match the headers package and the sym link, see below) go online in host system assure that sources.list includes ftp.debian.org and security.debian.org run in terminal apt-get clean apt-get update apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.18-4-486 apt-get clean apt-get install gcc-4.1 apt-get clean apt-get install xfonts-terminus apt-get clean apt-get install ttf-bitstream-vera apt-get clean go offline in host system install VMwaretools Tools e.x.p-42757 - point the cdrom to the external linux.iso file (from a VMware 6 beta installation, 20.3.07) - copy the VMwareTools-e.x.p-42757.tar.gz file to the /tmp and extract it there - delete the .tar.gz file - cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib - make a symlink: ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.18-4-486 /usr/src/linux - change the gcc version to use: export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.1 - start the installer with ./vmware-install.pl accept everything with
- video resolution: choose 3 instead of 2 (1024*768) delete the extracted folder and empty the trash bin repoint cdrom in VMware to physical drive: t: shutdown and restart to activate changes ------ log in as user and root change Iceweasel fonts (preselected sans-serif has a kerning problem) "Default font" and "Advanced->Sans-serif" to Bitsstream Vera Sans "Advanced->Proportional" to Sans Serif "Advanced->Serif" to serif set homepage/bookmark of Epiphany and Iceweasel go online in host and load page in Iceweasel for favicon.ico Epiphany and Iceweasel: reduce cache to 1MB clear cache restart ------ login as root start the toolbox (different from VMwareTools which get started automatically on boot): /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox shrink disk shutdown repoint cdrom in VMware to physical drive: auto detect add description to VM shutdown ------ start and choose "single-user mode" give root password for maintenance mode run: swapoff /dev/sda5 dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda5 sync sync mkswap /dev/sda5 swapon /dev/sda5 shutdown -h now zip all VMware files compression 9 ------ Note: 1) To run VMware Tools (e.g. for shrinking the disk) invoke during an X server session /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox 2) A newer version of the tools should be installable by simply repeating the above process. The script is able to uninstall the older VMware tools first. 3) Invoking /usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl will uninstall the tools. 4) To use the vmxnet driver, restart networking using the following commands: /etc/init.d/networking stop rmmod pcnet32 rmmod vmxnet depmod -a modprobe vmxnet /etc/init.d/networking start (neither I am sure if that actually gives you a working network, nor if it survives a reboot) 5) For configuring any experimental features, run the following command: vmware-config-tools.pl --experimental ------ Documentation files: Readme.txt VMwareToolsDialog.txt the VMwareTools installation terminal dialog sources.list (currently used by Synaptic) standard repositories and security updates for Etch ------ Homepage with additional info: - how to get started and what packages may be useful to load - some mini HowTos like e.g: - how to change the screen resolution - how and why to set up smbfs or cifs instead of using shared folders. This is essential for Player users but because cifs is the more functional way of sharing folders it is generally interesting. - more to come over time. I plan to - collect Linux tips and tricks for this appliance - keep the Debian VMware appliances (Gnome full desktop and Gnome mini, maybe Xfce and KDE) up to date. http://www.visoracle.com/download/debian/
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