Debian Minimal

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I would like to know how to download and install minimum packages to run debian.
Without any DE or WM.

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Re: Debian Minimal

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Debian's default installer has this feature/function.

Once you do the "core" (required; things like the kernel and the mandatory things needed to boot the system) installation, you'll be taken to a screen to select "tasks" to do with that machine.

These tasks include things like "desktop" or "web server" and several others. Just uncheck them all except for the "base system" (I think that's what it's called). You'll then install only the required components with no X windowing subsystem, no desktop and no frills. The base system won't even install a ssh server (that's one of the optional tasks).

You can do this from the Debian installation CD or DVD. But since you don't want all the frills, first, download the "net install" CD. That is a small CD that you can burn that does a minimal install and will pull anything else in from the Internet. Since you likely won't want that "anything else", it'll be the most efficient way for you to install a barebones system.

Debian Minimal

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Thank you for your help. This is exactly what I wanted.

Further to this, is it possible to know which are the files that do this operation?
Like for example in MS-DOS it was IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM. (That was all!)

Thanks

Re: Debian Minimal

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There's no comprehensive text that I know of. I'd guess the primary reason is because there are just so many files.

I'd recommend two things: First, the old standby the "man" (manual) command. It'll display a manual/information on not only programs, but also many files. The (5) on a man page will denote detailing a file. So a "man passwd" will show the manual for the "passwd" command, but a "man 5 passwd" will show info about the /etc/passwd file.

The second is the recently released Debian Administrator's Handbook and Debian's own documentation. There is a ton of information available, the key is just finding the time to read it.