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Re: loop device install or how to skip partman ?

Bill Allombert wrote:
> Hello Debian-installer team,
> After testing beta 1 and beta 2, I tried beta 3, with the 
> same goal in mind: install Debian in a file using a loop
> device.
> As far as I could see, all beta detected the hardware of
> the box fine.
> beta 1 and 2 lacked the minimal support to create loop device,
> but the situation has improved : now there is a 'dd' utility and 'mount'
> support '-oloop' provide we issue modprobe loop before calling mount
> (which I found a bit confusing, it would be better if the module was
> autoloaded, but never mind). There is no 'losetup' but it is probably not
> neccessary.

Sounds like you have all the pieces you need to write a partman-loop
module that adds loopback support directly to partman.
> Now, the problem is that I can't find any way to skip the 'partman'
> step of d-i. b-f conveniently detected that /target existed and 
> allow to go to 'install base system' directly.

Just mount /target, edit /var/lib/dpkg/status to mark partman as already
configured, and skip over it in the menu.

> The 'expert mode' modules selection suffers from a usability problem:
> usually it is easier to select the module we need that the modules we do
> not need.

AFAIK it only has this problem with hardware that discover cannot probe.

see shy jo

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