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Posted: Jul 15, 11, 16:30    Debian installer: The bzcat is not available on the system
I had this problem too while trying to do an advanced install of Debian Testing using the Businesscard cd installer: The bzcat is not available on the system bug 633782.

:: Quote ::
The error appears after selecting the "Install the base system" menu
option. Several files are downloaded, and and one point a dialog with
this error appears:

[!!] Install the base system
Debootstrap Error
The following error occurred:
The bzcat is not available on the system
Check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 4 for the details.


Since I needed to get a debian install up and running to debug some issues, luckily the bug poster found a workaround, which you do from the installer, just switch terminals, to say: ctrl + alt + F2

then run these commands
:: Code ::
#I was able to get the system installed by manually downloading and
# installing bzip2 and libbz2:
cd /
wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/b/bzip2/bzip2_1.0.5-6_i386.deb
wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/b/bzip2/libbz2-1.0_1.0.5-6_i386.deb
ar x bzip2_1.0.5-6_i386.deb
tar xzvf data.tar.gz
rm debian-binary data.tar.gz control.tar.gz
ar x libbz2-1.0_1.0.5-6_i386.deb
tar xzvf data.tar.gz
rm debian-binary data.tar.gz control.tar.gz

make sure to run those from /, otherwise it won't work.

Check the paths too, ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/b/bzip2
the package file names could change soon. Hopefully this bug will get fixed soon, but one has to wonder what the installer guys are doing releasing anything at all that doesn't work out of the box, why not just hold off? This is using the nightlies, but an older version had the same problem, failure to use the new bzip2 package.
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Posted: Jul 28, 11, 17:52    
This bug is fixed, so if you get an installer nightly from about july 25, 2011 or later, it shouldn't have this issue.
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