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Re: Te merging more than 9 disks

From: S Zhang
Subject: Re: Te merging more than 9 disks
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 08:58:51 -0400

Thanks Thomas!

You don't know how much I appreciate your time and help!

This is not something I can live without. I can manage with just the first disk which has the most commonly used packages. I am just being perfectionistic at times. 

I will try to submit to both parties!

Have a great day! 


On Sat, 15 Apr 2023 at 04:31, Thomas Schmitt <scdbackup@gmx.net> wrote:

(C-ing bug-xorriso@gnu.org again)

S Zhang wrote:
> 6. Attached is the output for your review. there is no error message. 

Looks ok so far.
The main difference to my amd64 tests is:
  xorriso : NOTE : No proposals available for boot related commands
But we already know that there were no boot related xorriso commands
used when DVD-1 was produced by Debian.

> File not found -
> /media/USB_HDD_1/debian-8.11.1-armel-DVD/dists/jessie/main/binary-armel/Packages

The "Packages" files in the ISOs are compressed:
But that's normal with Binary Packages Indices in Debian repos.

> Get:4 file:/media/USB_HDD_1/debian-8.11.1-armel-DVD jessie/main armhf
> Packages

I wonder why there is "armhf" in this line.

> 3. Although rufus would not let me write the original
> ISO, debian-8.11.1-armel-DVD-1, it works properly if I copy all the content
> into a folder and point to it in the source.list. The merged ISO does not
> and gave teh above error message.

Does such a file exist in the unpacked tree from the merged ISO ?

If so: Does it help to uncompress it ?


I am out of ideas and have to confess that i am quite clueless about
Debian repositories.

When developing merge_debian_isos in the course of
i had some help by
  Zhang Boyang <zhangboyang.id@gmail.com>
  Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com>
Especially Zhang Boyang did the testing. Maybe she/he has an idea what is
going wrong with merging armel ISOs. (I know the Zhang family is large.
But maybe you can take advantage of being a namesake :)).
Steve McIntyre is the main Debian Developer of debian-cd, which creates
the installation ISOs. I know him as very busy with many Debian things,
but a while ago he agreed to take merge_debian_isos into his realm,
which has not happened yet, AFAIK. So he might be interested in a bug

How about reporting your problem to
by sending mail to
with Cc: to zhangboyang.id@gmail.com and steve@einval.com ?
Consider to subscribe by sending mail to
I am subscribed to this bug report. So i will get notified and am ready
to participate in a discussion if it emerges there.

Possibly they will point out that Jessie is outdated. So it might be
worth to try whether you get the same problems with
maybe in a virtual machine.
(I guess that merging DVD-1 and DVD-2 will suffice to demonstrate the

Have a nice day :)


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