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Bug#256405: crash displaying main menu in arabic

On Sat, Jun 26, 2004 at 04:35:42PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> Package: debian-installer
> Severity: normal
> Tags: d-i

> I booted today's sid_d-i build from a usb stick. At the language
> chooser, I chose the nice new Arabic choice, and then at countrychooser,
> it was at the full list of contries, and I realized I din't speak
> Arabic, and selected the back button.

> At this point, the installer enters a crash loop. I'm seeing it start
> the frame buffer in preparation for starting main-menu, over and over,
> only to have it crash before it ever displays any UI.

> Some experimentation and it looks like the problem is just with showing
> the current d-i main menu, localised to Arabic. I can reproduce the same
> problem by booting in expert mode, selecting Arabic, and pressing enter;
> when it tries to draw the main menu (same as it does when you go back
> from countrychooser), it must not like something, and it crashes.

Are there any differences between the (untranslated) strings displayed
in the main menu for you on a usb stick, and those that would be on the
menu for a CD?  Perhaps this bug is isolated to a particular codepoint
that's being mishandled.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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