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Re: potato hard disk install bug

I usually do hard-disk and ftp installs with no special problems with
the media method.


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From: David West <dhw@thedance.net>
Subject: potato hard disk install bug
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 14:10:06 -0500

> Something like this has been mentioned previously by someone else,
> but I haven't seen an official bug number for it, or any subsequent 
> mentions, so I'll report it here in the hope that it doesn't get 
> overlooked.  I'm not sure whether the error messages I'm getting
> refer directly to a bug, or whether they are a result of an
> earlier phase failing.
> I'm using the Oct 14 materials in http://auric.debian/org/~aph/bf/
> in particular the 1.2MB boot floppies and base2_2.tgz.
> After problems getting the install script to find the kernel
> and drivers (I have them, but they apparently are not found,
> even after I create some symlinks which satisfy what the install
> script says it wants), I copied the debian kernel to my bootable
> hard disk's Slackware partition, rebooted into Slackware, set
> up lilo.conf to boot the debian kernel mounting the new debian
> partition as root, reran lilo, and rebooted, choosing the debian
> installation when lilo ran.
> All went well until after the message
>    Starting internet superserver indetd
> Then it said
>    Template does not contain a template: line at /usr/lib/perl5/Debian/DebConf/Template.pm
>    line 66 <TEMPLATE_IN> chunk 1371
>    INIT: Id "1" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
> At this point I gave up.
> Remarks and questions:
>     Given that I have base2_2.tgz and a compatible set of kernel+drivers,
>     a working Slackware installation on another partition, and a working knowledge 
>     of lilo, the only reason I started by booting from the floppies is
>     a suspicion that just untarring base2_2.tgz into an empty partition
>     is not enough to create a "correct" minimal install, i.e. that
>     dbootstrap may need to be run to do something that I didn't know
>     needed to be done.  Can anyone give definitive info on this point?
>     The debian install doc says, under hard disk install, says the
>     boot floppies are not actually necessary, and that "any other boot method"
>     can be used.  I think the doc needs to be more explicit on this point, and
>     also on the issue of exactly how much directory structure is necessary
>     to get the installable files recognized.
>     I really wanted to install the idepci kernel instead of the larger default
>     kernel, but the floppy install didn't seem to offer this as an option.  
>     (For the manual install attempt, I used the default kernel just to be on the 
>     safe side.)
>     I would guess that all of the above indicates that hard-disk installs are so
>     infrequent that the relevant parts of the install scripts are much less well
>     debugged than is the case for, e.g., CD installs (I'm only doing this because
>     I don't have a CD drive), just as 1.2M floppy installs are so infrequent that
>     no-one (apparently) tried one before potato was released.
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