Bug#283510: Fwd: Re: Bug#283510: Calling debootstrap with wrong --components= causes errors
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Subject: Re: Bug#283510: Calling debootstrap with wrong --components=
Date: Tuesday 07 December 2004 17:48
From: Markus Hanauska <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Frans Pop <email@example.com>
On 01. Dez 2004, at 15:10 Uhr, Frans Pop wrote:
> Your problems have nothing to do with your network setup, but probably
> with intermittent errors while reading your CDROM.
An appropriate error message of the installer would be lovely.
> There are several possible reasons for this:
> - badly burned image: check the md5sum of the CD
I doubt that this is the case. I already ran the burning verification
of the CD-R software right after burning it and I allowed Debian's
installer to check the CDs as well, no error found.
> - broken hardware
The CD-ROM is not very old, however, I can't tell you whether it's
broken. At least installing Fedora did not cause any trouble.
> - problems in the driver used for reading the CD
This is something I can't comment at all. Sorry.
> - problems in the communications with the CD
> This could be a DMA problem (which we see quite often); you could try
> giving the following command from VT2:
> echo "using_dma:0" > /proc/ide/hdx/settings
> replacing 'hdx' with the device for your CD drive.
> Also check if you can read the file /cdrom/.disk/base_components; this
> file should contain one line with the word 'main'.
I will keep this in mind for my next installation. I was forced to
install Fedora again, I need this computer for testing IPSec (OpenSWAN)
under Linux. But I don't like the RPM package system, that's why I
would prefer using Debian.
Anyway, if it's not a hardware related problem, your installer makes
something differently than the Fedora Core 1 when accessing the CD, as
Fedora Core 1 worked and has been installed multiple times.
And maybe it is possible to provide the user with a better error, like
"Failed to read from CD, please make sure ..." and so on, e.g. by
checking if certain variables has been set, that must be set for a