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Bug#265296: marked as done (In "choose mount point dialog" list all FHS directories (such as /opt and /srv). Add a comment for each of them)

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From: Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg>
To: Ryan Underwood <nemesis-lists@icequake.net>
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Package: partman

On Tue, Aug 03, 2004 at 12:07:16AM -0500, Ryan Underwood wrote:
> - In the partitioning menu, I finished partitioning and went to "Go
>   Back" to go back to the main menu.  Unfortunately, I didn't know this
>   was equivalent to a "Cancel" action, and lost my changes after a
>   warning.  Perhaps there should be a confirmation to "Go Back" as there
>   would be a confirmation to cancelling anything in a GUI which the user
>   has already placed input to.

I think this is fixed already.

> - This box is to be a dedicated server with no user accounts, but Multi
>   User was the only option that made sensible partition defaults
>   (because I like separate partitions to avoid fragmentation, limit
>   spread of corruption in case of a problem, etc).   Something seems
>   incongruent about saying "Multi User" for a machine with no accounts.
>   Perhaps this should also be tagged "Server", because very few server
>   administrators would install machines with only (/) or (/ and /home).

What about these names:

Desktop machine (all files in one partition, recommended for new users)
Desktop machine (separate partition for home directories)
Multi-user workstation
Storage server (big /var)

Storage server will be a new recipe, proposed by Margarita Manterola.
It will give probably what you need.

> - The values that Multi User chose for the partitions were ok for the
>   most part.  I found its choice of 150MB out of 18GB for / to be rather
>   low.  This is almost filled already after installing some
>   kernel+module packages in addition to the base system.  Perhaps this
>   should be calculated by: "500MB or 5% of disk, whichever is lower".
>   I also found a 20MB /tmp to be a very constraining default.  I've had
>   strange things happen to me in the past when /tmp has filled up, until 
>   I realized what was going on.  It would seem that a more generous /tmp
>   would be in order, or else make it part of / by default to make the
>   size more flexible.

> - It seems that when one selects reiserfs for a root partition, that
>   notail should be a default mount option.  If the menu is explored, it
>   is suggested, but I didn't explore it at first and missed that. 

The installer could set this option automatically.

>   Also, noatime should be suggested more highly; it greatly improves
>   performance at the expense of auditing power and would seem to be a
>   reasonable default for most machines.

I agree that this mount option is very usefull and making it defaulut
for (all of some of?) the recipes in partman-auto is a good idea.

> - There are other FHS trees which are not mentioned in the partitioner
>   box which allows the user to choose the mount point.  /opt and /srv
>   were the ones I noticed.  It seems that it would make sense to include
>   most of the FHS mount points in this menu along with their FHS
>   descriptions, except for the removable media mounts.

> The last problem, of which I can't determine the source, is that the
> partition table appears to be created with a xxx/64/63 geometry by the
> partitioner.  I'm not sure why this is done.  Most SCSI disks I can
> remember partitioning would have a xxx/255/63 geometry.  Because of
> this, the controller BIOS issues a lengthy complaint when it sees this
> geometry on the disk it probes, and pauses the boot process for a great
> length.  It complains that a 64 head geometry will not be bootable by
> any OS other than DOS.  This is clearly false, because Debian boots and
> works just fine (once GRUB is installed on the correct drive).  But I'm
> curious why the partition table is created with a 64 head geometry
> instead of a 255 head one which is the standard thing to do.

I think this has happened to other users also but the reason is unknown.
In order to make the situation more clear it will be helpful if you can
post the contents of the directory /var/log of the installer.  In the
installed system you can find it saved in /var/log/debian-installer.

Thanks for you for your suggestions.

Anton Zinoviev

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Source: partman-basicfilesystems
Source-Version: 31

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
partman-basicfilesystems, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/p/partman-basicfilesystems/partman-basicfilesystems_31.dsc
  to pool/main/p/partman-basicfilesystems/partman-basicfilesystems_31.tar.gz
  to pool/main/p/partman-basicfilesystems/partman-basicfilesystems_31_all.udeb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 265296@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

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Format: 1.7
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 12:16:12 -0400
Source: partman-basicfilesystems
Binary: partman-basicfilesystems
Architecture: source all
Version: 31
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>
 partman-basicfilesystems - Add to partman support for ext2, linux-swap, fat16 and fat32 (udeb)
Closes: 242632 265296 266306
 partman-basicfilesystems (31) unstable; urgency=low
   * Christian Perrier
     - Typo correction in French translation. Closes: #266306
     - Rename templates file to partman-basicfilesystems.templates
   * Anton Zinoviev
     - new script select_mountpoint in order to share code with the other
       file system packages.
     - select_mountpoint: show descriptions of the directories.  Add /opt
       and /srv.  Thanks to Ryan Underwood, closes: #265296.
     - new scripts get_mountoptions and select_mountoptions in order to
       share code with the other file system packages
     - get_mountoptions, select_mountoptions: use a directory "options"
       instead of files "mountoptions" and "full_mountoptions".  Ignore
       options that are not allowed for the selected file system.  For
       example if the user chooses "notail" with reiserfs and then changes
       reiserfs to ext2 the option "notail" will be ignored
     - use capital letter in the long name of the file system ("Ext2 file
       system") to be consistent with the names of the other file systems.
       Thanks to Changwoo Ryu.
     - allow user to specify usage type (the -T parameter of mkfs.ext2) and
       percentage reserved blocks for super-user (the -m parameter of
       tune2fs).  The same change is made in partman-ext3.  Thanks to Tomas
       Davidek, closes: #242632.
   * Updated translations:
     - Arabic (ar.po) by Christian Perrier
     - Bulgarian (bg.po) by Ognyan Kulev
     - Bosnian (bs.po) by Safir Å eÄ?eroviÄ?
     - Catalan (ca.po) by Jordi Mallach
     - Czech (cs.po) by Miroslav Kure
     - Welsh (cy.po) by Dafydd Harries
     - Danish (da.po) by Claus Hindsgaul
     - Greek, Modern (1453-) (el.po) by Greek Translation Team
     - Basque (eu.po) by Piarres Beobide Egaña
     - French (fr.po) by French Team
     - Hebrew (he.po) by Lior Kaplan
     - Croatian (hr.po) by Krunoslav Gernhard
     - Japanese (ja.po) by Kenshi Muto
     - Lithuanian (lt.po) by KÄ?stutis BiliÅ«nas
     - Latvian (lv.po) by Aigars Mahinovs
     - Bøkmal, Norwegian (nb.po) by Bjørn Steensrud
     - Dutch (nl.po) by Bart Cornelis
     - Norwegian Nynorsk (nn.po) by HÃ¥vard Korsvoll
     - Polish (pl.po) by Bartosz Fenski
     - Portuguese (pt.po) by Miguel Figueiredo
     - Portuguese (Brazil) (pt_BR.po) by André Luís Lopes
     - Russian (ru.po) by Yuri Kozlov
     - Turkish (tr.po) by Recai OktaÅ?
     - Ukrainian (uk.po) by Eugeniy Meshcheryakov
     - Simplified Chinese (zh_CN.po) by Ming Hua
 877c3a3690f3f0043c18530df78bc8d3 660 debian-installer standard partman-basicfilesystems_31.dsc
 718236f405b55b8883edf9b1a1acce73 81145 debian-installer standard partman-basicfilesystems_31.tar.gz
 7a61d9a352da6dd995679d2e15323590 46804 debian-installer standard partman-basicfilesystems_31_all.udeb
package-type: udeb

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