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How do I do a bare-metal install (Debian) without a monitor+keyboard?
  • Putting a simple preseed file on a debian install image is probably going to be your best bet. Assuming you can run a VM on your current machine it shouldn't be too difficult to test it until you're happy with it.

  • xkcd #2947: Pascal's Wager Triangle
  • I don't know about the shrooms, my reading of the old testament made me think it started with some old guy trying to stop his nomadic desert tribe dying of anything too stupid by telling camp fire stories with some sort of message. The whole 'god will make the ground open up to swallow you and your family if you screw up' is a desperate attempt to scare them into not doing stupid things like slaughtering too many of their livestock at once, or eating shellfish whilst wandering around in a desert. The stories get retold, changed and embellished over generations before being written down, and you end up with the weird mess of basic survival tips, animal husbandry, heroic stories and mystic fluff that is the OT.

    The new testament is just the story of a fairly chill guy, with a slight messianic complex, wandering around with his mates and suggesting people be nice to each other, put through a similar transformation.

  • Ukraine rule
  • I just wanted to say 'well done' for going over what you said, realizing how it could be interpreted adversely, and admitting it. Not enough people are willing to do that, so well done!

  • How do I do a bare-metal install (Debian) without a monitor+keyboard?
  • It's going to be a balance between your time getting an automated approach to work and the cost/effort of getting a monitor. Getting preseed working can be a bit fiddly, but it does mean you've learnt a new skill, getting a monitor sounds like it'll be a pain, and you might only need it once.

  • How do I do a bare-metal install (Debian) without a monitor+keyboard?
  • Yes, that'll work too, it does involve adding the disk to your machine temporarily though, so just be carefully which disk you format to do it. Please don't ask why I say that, it brings back painful memories...

  • Biden says the next president may get to name two Supreme Court justices
  • So you're willingly admitting that you deliberately increased the chance of Trump winning by not voting tactically? I know it's a rotten system, but you have to work with what's in front of you. The approach you espouse makes it look like you're actually a right wing saboteur rather than anything left wing.

  • How do I do a bare-metal install (Debian) without a monitor+keyboard?
  • While I agree with most people here that finding a keyboard and screen would be the easiest option, you do have a couple of other options:

    • Use a preseed file A preseed lets the installer run completely automatically, without user intervention. Get it to install a basic system with SSH and take it from there. You'll want to test the install in a VM, where you can see what's going on before letting it run on the real server. More information here: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed

    • Boot from a live image with SSH Take a look at https://wiki.debian.org/LiveCD in particular 'Debian Live'. It looks like ssh is included, but you'd want to check the service comes up on boot. You can then SSH to the machine and install to the harddrive that way. Again, test on a VM until you know you have the image working, and know how to run the install, then write it to a USB key and boot the tsrget server from that.

    This all assumes the target server has USB or CD at the top of its boot order. If it doesn't you'll have to change that first, either with a keyboard and screen, or via a remote management interface sych as IPMI.

  • Version 256 of systemd boasts '42% less Unix philosophy'
  • I haven't seen any breakage, although you may find documentation assumes SystemD. Debian maintains init freedom, and support for sysVinit was improved in Bullseye, so it's not being forgotten about.

    If you don't fancy going that route, there are Debian forks that are designed to be SystemD free such as Devuan or MX linux, which defaults to sysVinit. I've not tried either, but they seem well regarded, and I'm sure there are others too.

  • Two people were struck by lightning. News reported that both survived and are in stable condition.
  • In Olde English 'Vraylle' surely means 'one who walks about carrying a giant metal rod in a thunderstorm'. That's got to be it.

    Seriously, when you were told you had potential this is not how you were supposed to demonstrate it! I hope you're Ok and these incidents are just a good story you can tell now.

  • Long Cow is coming
  • I was doing fine, seeing two cows, right up until I read your comment, and now I see it as some sort of weird giraffe like creature with short legs and a surprising ability to balance even with its neck stretched out that far.

  • Long Cow is coming
  • I was doing fine, seeing two cows, right up until I read your comment, and now I see it as some sort of weird giraffe like creature with short legs and a surprising ability to balance even with its neck stretched out that far.

  • This amuses me greatly.
  • It's not that hard to figure out, you're right, but it's like the difference between a McDonald's burger and a t-bone steak cooked just right, with fries and a glass of wine. You might not want either, but if you do, most people would prefer the steak.

  • Gettysburg report
  • You owe me some fresh brain cells, many of mine spontaneously underwent apoptosis to avoid reading that. How does anyone, no matter how under his spell, hear or read that and not immediately assume he's had a complete mental breakdown?

  • Gettysburg report
  • Sorry, but that's utterly unrealistic, it's vaguely comprehensible, coherent and there is some logic to how the points link together.

    You're clearly an intelligent adult, and so I'm afraid that the only way you could hope to emulate the original is by giving yourself significant brain damage, moderate alcohol poisoning and a topic you know nothing about, then writing three different paragraphs, mixing the sentences together, removing random words and scattering in some arbitrary pauses. Please don't though, both for your sake and the favt that we already have enough verbal diarrhea in the world.

  • Comments no longer have nesting bars

    I've noticed that recently comnents on posts no longer have the long colored bars next to them showing their depth into the reply chain. Was this deliberately changed, and is there a way to bring it back?

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