This file documents
dselect for first-time users, and is
intended to help in getting Debian installed successfully. It makes no
attempt to explain everything, so when you first meet
dselect, work through the help screens.
dselect is used to select which packages you wish to
install (there are currently around 2050 packages in
Debian 2.1). It will be run for you during the install and as
it is a very powerful and somewhat complex thing which can be used for
good or for evil; some knowledge of it beforehand is highly
recommended. Careless use of
dselect can severly mess up
dselect will step you through the package installation
process as follows:
As each step is completed successfully it will lead you on to the next. Go through them in order without skipping any steps.
Here and there in this document we talk of starting another shell. Linux has 6 console sessions or shells available at any one time. You switch betwen them by hitting Left Alt-F1 through Left Alt-F6, after which you log in on your new shell and go ahead. The console used by the install process is the first one, a.k.a., tty1, so hit Left Alt-F1 when you want to return to that process.
dselectDocumentation for Beginners