Bug#248047: Cobalt install
* christian mock <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2004-05-20 19:05]:
> installation report revealing a show-stopper:
The show-stopper is the network configuration, right?
> - it asks for an IP address and other network config data -- it should
> just use the data it already has gotten via DHCP (ISTR the woody
> netinst does just that)
unstable has a new netcfg package which is quite broken. This also
explains the wrong IP address and /etc/network/interfaces not being
updated. This netcfg probably won't make it to rc1 - the only reason
I wanted you to test unstable is to see if the ext2 revision 0 boot
The problem here why DHCP is not started automatically is that the new
netcfg looks for a MII signal to see whether you're connectec to the
network; but for some reason it fails (the Cobalt can do MII).
> - it mis-configures the IP address -- I entered
> "192.168.55.18", but it ifconfig's 192.168.55.255. Yes, I tried that
> twice to make sure I didn't mistype the address :-)
I'll forward this to the netcfg maintainer. Can you check in
/var/log/debian-installer/package-versions which version of netcfg was
But if you did the install today, I guess it was 0.64. Yeah, must be
> - The first time when asking for a debian mirror, it didn't ask if I
> wanted http or ftp; the second time around, it does. Also, it
This is normal / a known bug. I think the mirror list should include
whether the mirror does http or ftp. And when you enter a custom
mirror, it should always ask you (I filed a bug about this a long time
> - in the "load installer components" screen, I selected "continue",
> all of the offered modules were unselected by default and left that
That's okay because those modules are only optional modules; those
which are required were not shown. Did the menu not make that clear?
> - partitioning: the disk already had partitions and file systems from
> the last test; choose "partitioning method: erase entire disk".
> | > #1 primary 98.6 MB B f ext2r0 /boot # |
> | > #2 primary 19.8 GB f ext3 / # |
> | > #5 logical 518.1 MB f swap swap # |
> - reboot works well, machine comes up fine.
Good, so it works!
> [many hours later... boy, is that box sloooow!]
Really? It takes about 45 minutes here (fast network connection).
How long does it take for you (roughly)?
> - in base-config, there's no visual indication of the active button --
> both look exactely like this (i.e. no bold or inverse or stuff,
> cursor is somewhere else):
> . Is the hardware clock set to GMT? .
> . <Yes> <No> .
Did you do the installation without a colour-enabled terminal program?
> - line editing characters (^U, ^A, ...) don't work in text entry fields.
Do you know if that worked before?
> I'll be mighty busy the next two weeks, and maybe I'll not have a
> RAQ available afterwards... maybe I could do another test install
> next sunday.
Ah, thanks for testing. I'll try to get the ext2 revision 0 program
pushed into testing before Sunday, so if you could do an installation
of "testing" on Sunday this would be appreciated. This should work
100% without any problems, and if there are any, we have to fix them