Bug#253724: daily-20040515: some suggestions and typos
Debian-installer-version: 20040515 daily build for i386
uname -a: Linux nb-Spencer 2.4.26-1-386 #2 Sat May 1 16:31:24 EST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: 2004/05/17, ~1500h ADT.
Method: booted netinst CD (2.4 kernel)
Machine: P4 desktop, non-HT 2.8GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood), 512MB RAM.
nb-Spencer:~# fdisk -l /dev/hda
Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40060403712 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4870 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 2478 19904503+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 * 2479 4808 18715725 83 Linux <- root dev
/dev/hda3 4809 4870 498015 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 4809 4870 497983+ 82 Linux swap
Output of lspci and lspci -n: only ones of interest are:
0000:00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet (rev 91)
0000:00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 65x/M650/740 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter
0000:00:04.0 Class 0200: 1039:0900 (rev 91)
0000:00:0d.0 Class 0200: 10ec:8139 (rev 10)
0000:01:00.0 Class 0300: 1039:6325
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [O]
Config network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [O]
Create file systems: [O]
Mount partitions: [O]
Install base system: [O]
Install boot loader: [E]
I conf'ed the network manually because udhcpc doesn't work at my site. (the
far-superior dhclient in the test-candidate version works fine, so good job
getting that working.) I was worried that wanting to use eth1 would be a
problem, but the menu to choose which nic worked great. :)
GRUB installed fine, but it didn't have an entry for the winxp partition.
(which was re-sized and the disk repartitioned before I booted the
debian-installer). I haven't re-tested with the test-candidate installer on
a machine that has a windoze partition, so I don't know if this is still a
problem. I had to manually add the winxp partition to my GRUB menu.lst.
GRUB's config file has some typos: "default optons", and "specifiv".
I also have some comments on base-config and the various packages' postinst
- The add user dialog had two versions of the same sentence: "Enter a full
name for the new user" displayed in the same dialog box. I don't remember
if this is fixed in the test-candidate.
- /etc/hosts doesn't have entries for ip6-localhost, etc. netbase's
postinst is supposed to add them.
- the installer never asked for a debconf question-ignore priority level.
I haven't made up my mind whether that's a bad thing or not.
-- X was set up for 800x600 and 640x480, even though the machine has a
1024x768 LCD screen (LG L1511S). butt-ugly :( I wish it used ddc-probed
monitor information, or at least read it with get-edid | parse-edid and put
that info into a dialog box.
-- I had to do a dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 to get a decent X setup.
It complained about "cannot open /sys/bus/pci/devices", since I wasn't
running Linux 2.6, but it worked anyway. It still didn't use probed values
for hsync and vsync, which is dumb on reconfig because all the binaries are
there for it to use to do any probing. I don't remember everything I did,
but my notes indicate that after dpkg-reconfigure, the hsync/vrefresh values
were closer to the probed ones, and that the X server log file had a warning
line about "config file hsync range not within DDC". I manually editted
XF86Config-4 after that.
-- The mouse setup (/dev/psaux and /dev/input/mice) will give a double-speed
mouse pointer if you run a 2.6 kernel with input support for ps/2 mice.
(The X server will get the mouse motion twice, once from each device file).
I don't know a way to write a config file that works well for 2.4 and 2.6 :(
In short, the major hurdle for people who don't already know what they're
doing will be getting X running. Modern hardware is so easily
autodetectable that it seems odd that the installer doesn't do as well with
X as with everything else. (I guess Brandon's X stuff doesn't have anything
to do with debian-installer, but people setting up desktop machines do need
to configure X. It looks like that's by far the hardest thing for a typical
desktop install, in terms of requiring detailed knowledge of how things are
supposed to work, and all your hardware specs.).
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.26-1-386
Locale: LANG=en_CA, LC_CTYPE=en_CA