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Bug#70878: boot-floppies: Module installation breaks if kernel installation fails once

Package: boot-floppies
Version: 2.2.16
Severity: important

It appears that if the first attempt to extract the 
rescue floppy and modules fails for any reason then 
subsequent installation of the modules will also fail, 
requiring manual intervention for installation to proceed.

Reproducible demonstration:
  - Boot the Debian installation system, partition disks,
    choose to install kernel & modules from CDROM;
  - Unmount the CDROM after a list of paths is produced
    but before selecting one, causing the attempt to fail;
  - Try again, letting it succeed.

The user can now select "Configure Device Modules", but no
classes of modules are found.  Here's why:

# ls -l /target/lib
lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root          19 Sep  4 21:11 modules -> /target/lib/modules
drwxr-xr-x    3 root     root        1024 Sep  4 21:11 modules.old

On the face of it, this appears to be the same bug as bug #68021;
I hope this provides sufficient additional information to nail it.

-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.2
Kernel Version: Linux huiac 2.2.17 #1 Wed Aug 2 00:35:26 CST 2000 i686 unknown

Versions of the packages boot-floppies depends on:
ii  ash            0.3.5-11       NetBSD /bin/sh
ii  bison          1.28-5         A parser generator that is compatible with Y
ii  cslatex        1.2.1          LaTeX for Czech/Slovak typesetting
ii  cspsfonts      0.2.1          Support for Czech and Slovak Type1 fonts in 
ii  debhelper      2.0.86         helper programs for debian/rules
ii  debiandoc-sgml 1.1.41         DebianDoc SGML DTD and formatting tools
ii  dpkg-awk       1.0.0          Gawk script to parse /var/lib/dpkg/{status,a
ii  dpkg-dev       1.6.14         Package building tools for Debian
ii  file           3.28-1         Determines file type using "magic" numbers
ii  flex           2.5.4a-6       A fast lexical analyzer generator.
ii  gawk           3.0.4-4        GNU awk, a pattern scanning and processing l
ii  gcc            2.95.2-13      The GNU C compiler.
ii  gettext        0.10.35-13     GNU Internationalization utilities
ii  libgd1g-dev    1.7.3-0.1      GD Graphics Library (development version).
ii  libi18n-langta 0.12-6         Perl module for dealing with RFC1766-style l
ii  libnewt-dev    0.50-7         Developer's toolkit for newt windowing libra
ii  libpaperg      1.0.3-13       Library for handling paper characteristics [
ii  libpopt-dev    1.4-1.1        lib for parsing cmdline parameters - develop
ii  libwww-perl    5.47-1         WWW client/server library for Perl
ii  m4             1.4-10         a macro processing language
ii  make           3.78.1-8       The GNU version of the "make" utility.
ii  makedev        2.3.1-44       Creates special device files in /dev.
ii  man-db         2.3.16-1       Display the on-line manual.
ii  pointerize     0.4            Internationalization utilities, based on get
ii  recode         3.5-1          Character set conversion utility.
ii  rsync          2.3.2-1.2      fast remote file copy program (like rcp)
ii  slang1-pic     1.3.9-1        The S-Lang programming library, shared libra
ii  tetex-bin      1.0.6-7        teTeX binary files
ii  tetex-extra    1.0-10         extra teTeX library files
ii  zlib1g-dev     1.1.3-5        compression library - development
ii  libc6-pic      2.1.3-10       GNU C Library: PIC archive library
	^^^ (Provides virtual package glibc-pic)
ii  perl-5.004     5.004.05-6     Larry Wall's Practical Extracting and Report
	^^^ (Provides virtual package perl5)

John P.
http://www.mdt.net.au/~john Debian Linux admin & support:technical services

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