installing without internet

Tony Baechler tony at
Wed Aug 5 11:42:35 UTC 2015

Jude, while what you say is almost correct, not quite.  Yes, you can pick a 
package source, but you don't need to comment out the CD sources.  I do as a 
matter of course because I'm lazy and don't like inserting CDs multiple 
times, but I think it will try the Internet first once it's set up.  I'm not 
100% positive on this.  I did install Wheezy from the first CD and I was not 
prompted to insert the CD when doing package updates.

Where you're incorrect is with picking a mirror.  You don't need a tool and 
you don't have to scroll through the list.  Just cut and paste these lines:

deb stable main non-free contrib
deb-src stable main contrib non-free

deb stable main contrib non-free
deb-src stable main non-free contrib

You then run these commands:

apt-get update
apt-get -q upgrade

That is assuming Aptitude isn't installed.  If it is, use Aptitude instead 
as it generally works better.

Regarding the multimedia repository, it's here along with instructions for 
adding the repository:

On 8/5/2015 3:41 AM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> You'll be given the opportunity to pick an installation source. Internet is
> one option but cd/dvd is another.  When you pick cd/dvd, you'll be prompted
> to insert each dvd in the dvd drive so debian can index what you have.  Once
> all of that is done, to install a package you'll be prompted for one or both
> of those cd/dvd's if the install you want needs files from both of them.  To
> move over to internet for your source, you're going to have to comment out
> active lines in '/etc/apt/sources.list and add in internet repository lines
> to select mirrors and distributions.  Fortunately for you, a tool exists to
> help you select your best internet mirrors.  The security mirror is separate
> from the debian main mirror and there is also a multimedia mirror that can
> be installed in /etc/apt/sources.list.  Once you have changed
> /etc/apt/sources.list, you want to run aptitude update first then aptitude
> safe-upgrade to get updates those dvd's don't have.
> On Wed, 5 Aug 2015, Kristoffer Gustafsson wrote:
>> Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 06:24:38
>> From: Kristoffer Gustafsson <kg.kristoffer at>
>> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>> To: blinux-list <blinux-list at>
>> Subject: Re: installing without internet
>> Ok.
>> I've got dvd disks, and all Three isos downloaded so I can burn them.
>> How do I do when I want to install a package that is not on the first
>> dvd, but one of the others?
>> Also, when I get internet access. How do I select a mirror, and use
>> apt-get install the normal way?
>> /Kristoffer
>> 2015-08-04 15:21 GMT+02:00, Kristoffer Gustafsson <kg.kristoffer at>:
>>> --
>>> Kristoffer Gustafsson
>>> Sal?ngsgatan 7a
>>> tel:033-12 60 93
>>> mobil: 0730-500934
>>> Hi.
>>> I'm going to install debian.
>>> When I install I don't  have internet on that computer.
>>> What do I need then?
>>> There are dvd images. Do I need all?
>>> /Kristoffer
>> --
>> Kristoffer Gustafsson
>> Sal?ngsgatan 7a
>> tel:033-12 60 93
>> mobil: 0730-500934
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