Bug#412948: Bug in Etch debian-installer
I have just tried an installation of Etch from the 20070221 weekly build.
This machine is not online, so it was a CD install.
There were several issues, at least one of which I think is a bug.
The installer did not put anything into /etc/crypttab, so my encrypted root
failed to load.
The installer seemed to put grub into /boot/boot/grub, presumably because
/boot is a separate
(unencrypted) filesystem, which it then treated as a root filesystem.
The startup scripts in /boot allowed me several tries at the encryption
passphrase, but the
startup scripts in the (encrypted) root filesystem only gave me one try
(even though cryptsetup
appeared to be called the same way in each case).
The installer allowed me to build a raid out of raw partitions, and to
build an encrypted block device
out of the raid, and to lvm the encrypted block device, and to build
logical volumes and filesystems
out of the lvm, but it frequently lost track of what it was up to. I had
to make the setup more
complex (from the point of view of booting the system) so that the
installer could understand it
(i.e. it was simpler from the point of view of the installer), i.e.: build
several raid arrays
out of several partitions, encrypt each one separately (which means several
passphrases are required
during boot up), then lvm one of them, and build filesystems from there.