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Stopping Debian from ejecting the CD-ROM during install

Another remote Debian install annoyance: the installer auto-ejects the CD-ROM, and there’s no way to turn it off in sarge (there’s a boot parameter in etch).

In sarge, when the question asking you “Install GRUB to the Master Boot Record?” appears, switch to the shell on console 2 (Alt-F2). Then run:

rm /target/usr/bin/eject