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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax
    right, after that short break. I started afresh and now have a disk which boots and gets as far as installing 16% of the base system and then stops with the message, "Bootstrap Error. Couldn't download psmisc." It picked up the network settings earlier on during the install. I ought to say that I'm installing this on a spare machine attached to the school network.
    Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Your machine has faulty memory.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Hi Geoff,
    thanks for that, but you must have missed my follow up post that I'd gone beyond that and actually done a full install. I think I made a mistake later on when attempting to install the options such as desktop, dns server, web server etc. (I was gobsmacked when I saw the options) As it was the end of the day I left it at that, but I'll be in the office at 7:30 Monday morning to go through it again. It's the only way.

    cheers for everything,
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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    It's taken longer than I thought to get round to trying to install debian again. I get to the point where I'm asked which sort of application do I want my machine to install/run, such as desktop, web server etc. what I can't seem to do is install the selected service. does debian need to access the web at this point, or does it install from the cd rom? I select desktop from the list (or at least I think I do, as nothing is highlighted, just the small square appears next to Desktop) and hit enter. From there a lot of code scrolls up the screen, and I'm pretty sure I see "media error" in there somewhere. But up to this point all's well. I also made sure I wasn't standing on the network cable and squashing the signal.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    media error = broken/dusty/scratched CD.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    @beeswax: it depends where you told the installer to use as the source. If you are using apt (something I don't recommend for the ininital install) rather than CD-based method, make sure you aren't required to go through a proxy.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    I'd advise downloading the latest Ubuntu (based on Debian) disk to do a server install. You might want to follow the Ubuntu 5.10 Perfect Setup guide on HowToForge to install the necessary packages.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Just dowload the base install and load that on. A few config screens will take you through configuring apt including a proxy if need be then use apt to grab packages. You may have to experiment with a few mirrors to get one working well.
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    apt-get install apache

    and whatever packages you need.
    you can return to the config at any time.
    etc etc.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    @beeswax: it depends where you told the installer to use as the source. If you are using apt (something I don't recommend for the ininital install) rather than CD-based method, make sure you aren't required to go through a proxy.
    I would have to go through a proxy, so decided not to, and I did choose the install from cd option.

    Can someone clear something up with the install of Debian please? The first disk does a base install, if you want to install a gui desktop does one need disk two? I can't figure out from the Debian site just what is included on each disk.

    beeswax

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    If this is just going to be a webserver why do you need the GUI ? It will be a waste of resources and you will need to know minimal commands to operate your server from the command line.
    If you want I can list all the common ones you will need.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    as with most things I do, they start off as simple, one track jobs, straight down the line, but somewhere along the line I get sidetracked, and in the case of debian I want to know more of what it can do. so for example I want to see it as a user's desktop, as a print server etc. I also feel that a gui would be easier to manage/manipulate/handle.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Rather than going full GUI then try using something webmin which has modules for all common components that you can configure through a web page. At the end of the day all your going to be doing mostly is editing textfiles so having a gui is is a bit of a waste.

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    having brought the machine home for christmas so that I can have a go at installing modules over the internet, rather than through a proxy at work, I allowed it to go through another install from the beginning getting to the point where I was asked what I wanted to install (via ftp) I chose the desktop, waited while it went through the download and (?) install, and it just reboots into a command line interface. where can I find a list of commands to get this thing working?
    happy christmas
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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Hmm try "startx" maybe

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    Linux command line cheat sheet.

    http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml

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    Re: using Linux for a web/intranet server

    @Geoff thanks for that. just for a break from the routine I downloaded ubuntu 5.10 and ran that, and in fact I'm sending this via my ubuntu install. So similar to installing debian that I had to check hadn't got the wrong disk inserted. Don't like the earthy colour scheme, but everything seems to work fine. I feel better in myself with the comfort blanket of a gui as well. However, there comes a point when I've got to tackle the web server thingy.

    merry christmas,
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