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Bug#123973: Installer fails to mount FAT32 partition to get kernel and driver modules

Package: boot-floppies
Version: 3.0.17-2001-11-18 (i386)

I'm trying to install woody over the network by invoking the installer
within DOS (through install.bat). In order to achieve that, I copy
loadlin.exe, linux, root.bin, rescue.bin and drivers.tgz onto a FAT32
partition which will co-exist with my woody installation. I chose this
method, because the machine I work on does not have a floppy
drive nor CD (for now).

After creating and formatting Linux partitions, I get to the point where
I need to install kernel and driver modules, but when I point to
"harddisk", I get: "The partition was not mounted successfully".
+ error from 3rd console (alt+f3):
"Dec 14 4:20:47 (none) user.info dbootstrap[53]: mount: Mounting /dev/hda1 on
/instmnt failed: no such device"
"Dec 14 4:20:47 (none) user.info dbootstrap[53]: The partition was not mounted

So, I choose "Alternate1: mount a previously-initialized partition"
to mount /dev/hda1 at /instmnt (picking "Other" for mount point)
and get an error "Mount Failed: No such file or directory".
However, if I do it manually "mount /dev/hda1 /instmnt" -- it works!

Then, I'm back to installing kernel and driver modules.
I select "mounted" this time, since I already mounted manually,
and everything is OK.

Something's wrong there somewhere. I realize this is not
the preferred method of installation, but to some people this is
the only choice available.

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