edgy-eft kickstart based installation problems (HELP!)

Lonni J Friedman netllama at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 00:49:29 UTC 2006

I'm trying to get the latest ubuntu release (6.10) to install via
kickstart.  Over a week ago, I
downloaded the DVD ISOs, expanded them onto a server, and actually got both
32 & 64bit 6.10 versions installing perfectly via kickstart.

Today, I actually went to do a real installation, and it blows up immediately
claiming that one of the files that it needs is missing from the server.
 Of course the installer doesn't bother to tell me which file it
needs, so I actually had to check the apache log on the server to see
what genrated the 404, and its

Now, I've got a nic-restricted-firmware, however the one i've got is
nic-restricted-firmware-2.6.17-10-generic-di_2.6.17.5-11_amd64.udeb, which
is seemingly an older version.

What I really would love to understand here is where the installer is
coming up with this version, and how come it was quite happy with the
version I had a week ago, but now it wants something newer?

My best guess is that the installer is silently querying some box out
on the internet for updates, and then expecting to find them on my
server.  I *really* don't want that behavior to happen.  I would love
nothing more than to be able to supress that behavior as part of my
automated kickstart installation.  Please, someone tell me how.

L. Friedman                                    netllama at gmail.com
LlamaLand                       http://netllama.linux-sxs.org

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