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I'm installing servers with pre-seeding but our local mirror only has amd64 packages. Yet, installer tries to fetch sources for i386 packages as well and basically strolls on it for a while during installation.

I have googled around, read through the preseed docs, but it seems there's no way to tell it to disable multiarch already during installation. Am I blind, or is it really not possible?


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I don't know much about preseeding, but I suppose that configuring sources.list is possible. If so, you could use something like that:

deb [arch=amd64] http://mirror...

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Thanks, I'll check today whether that can be used in pre-seeding as well. Point being, for additional repos it probably can be, but there's a separate mirror section in d-i configuration, that later creates the sources.list automatically. – favoretti Feb 13 '13 at 8:44
So far no luck with preseeding :( If anyone has any more ideas I'd appreciate. Otherwise i'll just have to mirror i386 repo as well :( – favoretti Feb 26 '13 at 3:03
Just an idea: Create an empty i386 repo. That way your servers are happy to fetch i386 package information but you don't have to waste disk space. – tlo Feb 27 '13 at 8:27

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