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Re: sarge-i386-netinst-tc1: mixed results

On Sat, Jun 19, 2004 at 03:07:49AM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> Please try starting the installer with 'linux DEBCONF-PRIORITY=medium' or 
> 'expert'.

Right, that (with the spelling correction you noted a little later)
gets it past this speedbump.  I guess the rest of the default install
was so reminiscent of, say, Libranet's (which installed without any
PCMCIA issues a while back) that I was expecting too much on that
score.  Having done it both ways now, I gotta say that even as the
configuration micromanager that I've always been, the new, less
inquisitive installer is really nice.  :-)

I did come across a glitch and one rough edge in the partition tool. 
At least I think I remember this correctly: using guided mode, I had
setup the new root and then realized I'd used the wrong unassigned
block of space.  When I deleted it and setup the right region, the tool
defaulted to mounting that as /home, I think it was.  Luckily the tool
also noticed that there was no root setup and made me aware of it.

The rough edge may have been my own fault - in the succesful reinstall,
I skipped using the "guide" and hit the existing partition directly
from the list.  This left the tool thinking it was unused, no
filesystem type assigned, not to be mounted... all of which had to be
fixed up.  As I write this down I have nearly convinced myself that
this was probably better than if it had tried to guess what to do. 
Would this have been handled more smoothly if I'd employed the guide? 
I rather expect so.

Then I can figure out what the information-support needs are and
build a prototype for people to respond to.  This works, because
people generally don't know what they need, but they can tell you
with certainty when you get it wrong.  -- Paul Murphy

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