Avoiding the second error twice

I think it was Nietzche that said when we err, we err twice: once too much, and once too little.

I’ve read enough Nietzche to know he was a crackpot, but I’ll admit that for me, that statement is usually true. I have a tendency to do things twice.

But I have learned to take notes as I go though, and that usually lets me avoid the second error — the coming up short part.

Installing Debian and jumping to Squeeze was a good example. I muddled around with this program and that one, trying to get a setup I liked without poisoning the system too much.

Where I went wrong, I noted it, and where I went right, I noted it too.

For my own benefit, and because the purpose of this site is to serve as a reminder to myself (not to serve as entertainment for you, in spite of what you might think ;) ), I’m going to share the steps I took.

  • Install Debian Lenny via netboot CD. I understand that there are ways to install Squeeze directly, but to be honest, there are a few things that I prefer to do from Lenny. Additionally, I don’t always upgrade, and honestly, there’s very little in Squeeze that I need, that isn’t in Lenny too.
  • Reboot and check the installation. An obvious step, but probably worth saying out loud. No harm in making sure it works right.
  • Transplant the CF card. Lately I’ve been using the Mebius to piggyback for the Fujitsu, only because it has a CDROM, and the 120Mhz doesn’t. After it’s installed and appears to be working, I’m ready to downscale.
  • Reboot, remove the old udev net rules, and reboot again. This sounds like I’m working with Windows. But I like to remove /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules because otherwise I have a ghost ethernet connection at eth0. I’d just as soon make it clean and fresh.
  • Edit the sources list. I take out the source repositories and add contrib and non-free. I also add backports, but that’s just for my own convenience. I barely use it.
  • Upgrade Lenny. Might as well make a stopover at the current version of Lenny. I like to think I’m avoiding any unsafe jumps from Lenny to Squeeze. That may well be.
  • Add the Terminus font. I find it easier to configure the font at this point, because things seem to change in Squeeze. I’m probably just losing my place in the skip between them, but if I know the font is correct in Lenny, it works in Squeeze. Usually. (“Usually” means installing kbd and console-setup, which seems to do an okay job. Usually.)
  • Edit the sources again, then jump to Squeeze. This is a big step at 120Mhz, and takes more than a day to complete. Part of that is just because the dialog windows are usually popping up while I’m asleep, and sit there for a few hours. One day I’ll figure out how to do an unattended upgrade.
  • When that’s finally over, edit Grub. Like I mentioned yesterday.
  • Blacklist the pcspkr module. I’d like to throttle the engineer who created the PC speaker.
  • Trim out tty’s. I don’t need six. I really only need two or three, so the extras are really just taking up resources.
  • Add openssh-client and nfs-common. If this were a server, I would probably stick to dropbear, just because it’s quite a bit smaller than openssh. Nfs makes it easy to move configuration files on to the machine.
  • Add firmware-atheros and wireless-tools. This lets me use some of my faster wireless cards. I have one card that doesn’t need firmware or the wireless-tools package, but they’re a little slower. Not that it matters much. … :roll:
  • Add the remainder of the software that I like. It’s pretty much the same stuff as was in my Crux system, sans a few oddball programs here or there. I should note that in order to use vimwiki, I have to install the full version of vim; by default I believe vim-tiny is used in Debian.

Putting up this page should help me avoid a third error in the future. Or at least the second error twice. :roll:

About these ads

2 Responses to “Avoiding the second error twice”

  1. 1 Mark 2011/01/18 at 10:50 PM

    If you’ve read “Will To Power” then you’ve not read Nietzche at all. You’ve read the ravings of his anti-semite/racist sister. Old Fred was neither of those things.

    Nietzsche heavily criticized his sister’s husband, Bernhard Förster, and his sister, speaking harshly against the “anti-Semitic canaille.”: “After I read the name Zarathustra in the anti-Semitic Correspondence my forbearance came to an end. I am now in a position of emergency defense against your spouse’s Party. These accursed anti-Semite deformities shall not sully my ideal!!”” [19].


  2. 2 Hippytaff 2011/01/18 at 10:50 PM

    ‘I’ve read enough Nietzche to know he was a crackpot, but I’ll admit that for me, that statement is usually true’ – your right but even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.

    Very helpful – even if it isn’t for the entertainment (or assistance in this case) of your (loyal) readers ;-)

    I probably won’t make such a hash of things on my next (third) attempt :-D

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Visit the Wiki!

Some recent desktops

May 6, 2011
Musca 0.9.24 on Crux Linux
150Mhz Pentium 96Mb 8Gb CF

May 14, 2011
IceWM 1.2.37 and Arch Linux
L2300 core duo 3Gb 320Gb

Some recent games

Apr. 21, 2011
Oolite on Xubuntu 11.04
L2300 core duo 3Gb 320Gb

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts.

Join 405 other followers


This work is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Please see the About page for details.

Blog Stats

  • 3,961,111 hits



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 405 other followers

%d bloggers like this: