install trouble: bad d-i Packages file

David McGaffin david-lists at
Thu Sep 30 13:34:39 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2004-09-29 at 13:36 -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote: 
> Assuming that it's a CD-R or CD-RW, it is not uncommon for some CD-ROM
> drives to have difficulty reading these discs, especially when they are
> written at high speed.  Try writing the disc at 1x or 2x speed, and using
> CD-R instead of CD-RW (if you are using -RW).

Thanks for the suggestion.  I tried recording on a CD-R at 1x speed,
with the same result.  The thing is, the error message is entirely
correct:[42767]: WARNING **: bad d-i Packages file[42767]: grep: /cdrom/dists/stable/Release: Not a

I even tried using a different CD burner, with the same result on my
Dell laptop.  However, I am able to install on a newer Dell desktop.  

Is there anything else I can try or any reason to hope that the official
release will somehow magically fix this problem?


- david

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