I am having several problems with my installation of Debian 1.3 (as expected).
I am completely new to Linux (and unix sysadmin in general... although I have
used Solaris, SunOS and AIX at work and school for years). The learning
curve is naturally very steep, and I need help taking my first baby steps.
First off, some info. I installed (or rather, my friend did) Debian 1.2 off
the April InfoMagics. He then proceeded to tweak and configure here and
there, and pretty soon I was running with LILO in the mbr (although for
some reason the Debian install didn't put LILO there as it said it would).
He got PPP going quite quickly (by changing my modem to com 2 or something
by disabling one of the serial ports from the BIOS). After that it was great.
(I have a SupraExpress 33.6i PnP voice modem) When I say great, I mean it
seemed great at the time... I could ping, telnet, ftp, etc.
Next we began the arduous process of upgrading to Debian 1.3. I watched him
use dselect and it was confusing. Anyway, he managed to get enough that now
I have the newest bash and my login prompt says Debian 1.3. He had to leave
to return to New Jersey so now I'm stuck with a system that isn't fully stable.
I have selected the packages I want (I really like dselect now) and I am
trying to install over ftp through dselect. Unfortunately the install
scripts (perl?) are a bit finicky about fty throughput (or maybe it's ftp's
fault?). Anyway to make a long story short I have tried for the past three
nights to get around 60 megs of stuff. I will make a cron job to kill the pppd
in say six hours, I download, and go to sleep. Only to find out that maybe,
if I'm lucky, one package was successful before "FTP ERROR". I wrote some
scripts that run ifconfig every second to monitor whether I'm getting
stuff or*. I wrote a script also to ping all the ftp mirrors in the US
15 times. I ran it six or seven times and checked the stats. The best site
was linux.eecs.umich.edu (for me). So I told dselect to go there and it seemed
fine at first... till I woke up to find that only gcc had worked before I got
another FTP error. Is there any way I can tell dselect not to be so picky, and
just WAIT. Sometimes the throughput grinds to a halt, but usually picks up,
but unfortunately dselect is asking questions to recover and I'm asleep. Can
I get it to use a better ftp package (wu-ftp any good?)
One problem here could be this: I pinged the site from Win 95 and got an avg
time of around 200 ms, whereas under Linux I get 420+. This is strange. Do
I have to fool with irqtune or the mtu's. I can check any conf files people
need me to... I really have no clue.
Anyone had success installing/upgrading over ftp? Does anyone know anywhere
I can get the full contents (or nearly that) of the ftp site on CD? I don't
want 1.2 since I have already got it.
Is it because of my PnP modem?
Oh yes.. I tried logging in (when I was logged on with PPP) by using ifconfig
to check my session IP, telnetting to school and telnetting back in. It works
with user accounts but not with root. How do I allow remote root logins?
And is there a way to check mail from a POP3 server and leave mail on the
server (like Eudora will let you)? Elm expects mail in /var/spool/mail....
any pop login programs to do this?