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Bug#62167: install over serial-console fails on alpha

Package: base
Version: 2.2.8-2000-03-08

When installing current potato on alpha machine (Digital AXPpci33 motherboard)
_without_ VGA and keyboard, SRM boot console directs I/O to COM1 and 
install works until reboot, as long as one boots the kernel with
'console=...' parameter (ie. boot dva0 -fi linux.gz -fl "root=/dev/fd0
load_ramdisk=1 console=ttyS0,9600"), since 2.2.x kernel (or aboot?) 
doesn't automatically recognize that serial console is being used.
This isn't really bug in Debian but in kernel it seem? (OpenBSD
automagically detects serial console being used so it detection of
serial console being used _can_ be done automatically)

Actual, bug seems to be in the base package (?) that doesn't handle properly
serial-console installs. After reboot and bootting succesfully first
time from hard disk machine 'hangs' on following message:

INIT: Id "1" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

[when I boot the machine in single mode] it appears that /etc/inittab 
contains following lines:

1:2345:respawn:/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure base-config </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2
3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3                                           

which obviously won't work when using serial-console 
(/dev/console is ttyS0)

But it appears that install program noticed that serial-console
is being used but didn't really do anything about it:

# cat /root/dbootstrap_settings
/tmp/keybd_settings: No such file or directory

Another note, install program seems to get very confused about missing
keyboard/vga since after partitionin/adding swap/mounting filesystems
it keeps suggesting over and over again to install kernel & modules...
Manually selecting module config/network setup/base install&config/etc...
one may proceed until reboot, but I still think this is a bug in
install program.

Timo <tjko@cc.jyu.fi>

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