All Debian 9 Live Images Are Broken, Developers Working On A Fix

Debian 9 was just released two days ago. Most of us got excited to download the new version and see what’s new. And also to test the new images and whether a safe upgrade can be done at the moment or not.

However, there seems to be a bug in all the Debian 9 live images. When you try to install it using the graphical installer, an error message appears:

“There was an error reading data from the CD-ROM. Please make sure it is in the drive… Failed to copy from CD-ROM, retry?”

When debugged a little bit, the reason seems to be the following error message which is shown in the log files. The installer can’t find the libzlo2-2-udeb_2.08-1.2+b2_amd64.udeb package:

cdrom-retriever: error: Unable to find `/w/work/free/gnomepool/main/libl/libzlo2-2-udeb/libzlo2-2-udeb_2.08-1.2+b2_amd64.udeb`

We faced the same bug when we also tried to download Debian 9 GNOME live. Other users on the Debian forums have confirmed the same problem as well for all the other Debian live images. GNOME, KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Cinnamon.. All live images are affected.

Users on the mailing list captured the error message:

debian 9 5 June 20, 2017
Image via “Francisco Gómez García” on Debian mailinglist.

Unfortunately, this bug doesn’t seem to be hardware-specific or local only for some users. Debian developers have confirmed the bug and they are already working on a fix for it. A bug report with ID #865015 was created on Debian Tracker in order to track the issue, with severity: Grave.

According to Debian developer Steve McIntyre, the real reason behind the bug is:

The Packages files in the image point to .debs using full path, not relative to the stuff in the image.

He’s also testing a fix. If his fix works well, all the Debian 9 lives images will have to be rebuilt again.

But until then, all Debian 9 Live images graphical installers are broken, you can’t install the system from it. You can, however, boot into the live system and play with it to see new features. There’s also a command-line installer, which I don’t know if it has the same problem or not.

If you are in a hurry to install Debian 9, you should download the Netinstall, DVD or small CD images in order to be able to install the system on your hard drive.

Update, 22 June, 00:07 AM GMT +3: Debian developers have released version 9.0.1 which contains bug fixes for this bug and a lot of other issues. You can check them from: http://get.debian.org/cdimage/release/current-live/

10 Comment
goodpuppy June 21, 2017
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Gobsmacked. Did no developer, no person, no single individual, nobody anywhere in the entire chain of Debian development actually "try", as in test(!?!), a live Debian image?!? I mean, seriously? *ALL* of the live images are broken and not one, single, solitary "developer" noticed? Nobody? So much for Debian's much vaunted "testing" and stability. I mean, Jesus H., makes them look like a bunch of clowns, amateurs and hacks. What else are they utterly clueless about? Yeah. Grave. As in... that's where you'll find their reputation—in the grave.
Pierre Boisvenue June 24, 2017
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On top of that you should leave the root password blank when installing 9.0.1. Another know bug. If you don't leave blank you will not gain ROOT. gmail 2 step verification also fails in thunderbird.
Ram Sambamurthy July 1, 2017
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9.0.1 is still not fixed. when i choose any of the options in the grub menu at startup, a message briefly appears at the bottom of the screen, and nothing happens. i copied the lxde debian live ISO to a USB drive using Yumi, and installed from there
Legend July 15, 2017
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Installed just 3 days before without any problem. But can't come back to the desktop if once screen lock. I have tried startx to get back in the desktop but blank screen.
Ryan December 31, 2018
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9.6.0 Is STILL not fixed, over a year later! netinstall-amd64 is bugged live-DVD-amd64 is bugged Did not test others

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