Successful (well, nearly..) installation report (vmware)
Debian-installer-version: sarge-i386-netinst.iso from 4 Nov
Method: cdrom install on vmware
Processor: PIII 800MHz
Memory: 196Mb in VmWare
Root Device: pseudo-scsi, 1073 mb
Root Size/partition table: 800 mb ext3 partition, another 273Mb partition swap
Base System Installation Checklist:
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [E]
Config network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [O]
Create file systems: [O]
Mount partitions: [O]
Install base system: [O]
Install boot loader: [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
hw-detect did not properly detect the PCNet32 virtual network card.
I had to switch to console 2 and "modprobe pcnet32".
The error message says "Go back to "Detect network hardware and load
corresponding modules" (in french)...but th emain menu showed after
this does not have this option..:-). The only shown option is "Detect
This conforts my suggestion for avoiding reference to installation steps
names in d-i debconf templates. This will for sure lead to several
The screen refresh problem when switching consoles is still there. Is
someone working on it?
About network config : no option is shown for manual (no DHCP) network
configuration. And, yes, I used low debconf priority (which is the
default, as far as I have seen).
The "DHCP name" question is never asked, even with low priority for
The country names are now translated...but still sorted according to
original version sort order. Thus "République Tchèque" is before
"Allemagne" and after "Costa Rica"..:-). I thought Denis had made
modifications to cdebconf for sorting the translated items.
No more choice between autopartitioning of manual-->go to manual and
good ol' cfdisk (untranslated...but I've seen Alastair's efforts for
correcting this). Maybe this was because both the virtual disks I use were already partitioned.
Base system install:
Debootstrap error. /target/var/log/debootstrap.log contains:
ln: /target/usr/bin/awk: File exists
Says that two required steps haven't been executed:
-"debian installer utility dfor creatin fstab fil"
...but installs kernel anyway...
Install boot loader:
Only LILO was proposed. No GRUB.
2nd stage install after reboot:
Nothing special except:
-"continents" not consistent in French : "real" continents use capitals while "Océan" is all lowercase....this makes the tzconfig templates look strange.
-Shadow package templates not translated. I am *very* angry against the package maintainer who waited really for a too long time before updating his package. Thus, the root and normal user prompting is made in english
Hopefully, the updated package will hit testing soon.
-cd-rom not detected-->thus I had to stop on minimal install.