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Re: aboot install fails

Hi Steve,

On Fri, Oct 01, 2004 at 04:54:13PM -0400, Steve Feehan wrote:
> Hello. I have just tried to install sarge using the pre-rc2
> netboot image at:

> http://people.debian.org/~vorlon/d-i/images/2004-09-30/netboot/boot.img

> The system is a DS10L w/ no cd or screen. I'm using a serial
> console.

> I've used these netboot images in the past and had problems
> with the space at the beginning of the disk not being allocated.
> In those cases I would manually partition from the shell and
> everything was OK.

> This version does seem to setup the partitions correctly:

> |            >      #1   1.0 MB   K aboot                   #
> |            >      #2  80.0 MB   F ext2       /boot        #
> |            >      #3 280.0 MB   F ext3       /            #
> |            >      #4   3.5 GB   F ext3       /usr         #
> |            >      #5   1.8 GB   F ext3       /var         #
> |            >      #6 541.0 MB   F swap       swap         #
> |            >      #7 305.0 MB   F ext3       /tmp         #
> |            >      #8   3.5 GB   F ext3       /home        #

> But near the end of the install the aboot install fails.

> I choose 'execute a shell' from the menu and try to install
> aboot manually:

> /target/sbin/swriteboot /dev/ide/.../part1 /target/boot/bootlx

> This fails with an error about a corrupt disk label.

Yes, the target for swriteboot must be a drive, not a partition.

> I should also mention that when I execute a shell, the terminal
> is screwed up so it's hard to get the full error.

> Any idea why the aboot install would fail? Suggestions as to
> things I should try?

> Unfortunately since the error happens at the very end of the 
> install, it takes a lot of time to reproduce. Also, since
> I'm using a serial console I can't switch to a virtual console
> during the install.

After the failure of aboot to install automatically, can you go back to
'execute a shell' and copy down the contents of /var/log/messages and
/var/log/syslog, then attach these logs to a bug report filed against
the installation-reports package?  If possible, please use the template
at <http://www.nl.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/report-template>.
These should tell us the exact nature of the aboot-installer failure.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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