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Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 14:54:29 -0600
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Package: installation-reports

INSTALL REPORT

Debian-installer-version: pre-rc2, 11/19/04 and 11/21/04

uname -a: Linux debian 2.4.27-1-386 #1 Fri Sep 3 06:24:46 UTC 2004 i686 
GNU/Linux

Date: 11/20/04 and 11/22/04

Method:        
                    boot from net install CD,
                    both manual install and automatic install,
                    use local sarge binaries mirror updated on 11/15/04, 
no proxy       

Machine: White Box Dual Xeon Server from Promicro

Processor: Dual Xeon 2.4GHz

Memory: 4 GB DDR PC2100 Registered ECC

Root Device: 3ware hardware raided SATA logical drive (/dev/sda)

Root Size/partition table: 
df -kl:
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2               933393     76864    806728   9% /
tmpfs                   452704         0    452704   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1                90297     15201     70279  18% /boot
/dev/sda7              5905972     32872   5573088   1% /home
/dev/sda8              1874267      8239   1766025   1% /opt
/dev/sda5              3937220    293904   3443312   8% /usr
/dev/sda6               933361     61455    822107   7% /var

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
debian:~# lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. E7501 Memory Controller Hub (rev 01)
0000:00:00.1 ff00: Intel Corp. E7500/E7501 Host RASUM Controller (rev 01)
0000:00:02.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. E7500/E7501 Hub Interface B 
PCI-to-PCI Bridge (rev 01)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #3) (rev 02)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 42)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CA LPC Interface Controller 
(rev 02)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CA Ultra ATA Storage 
Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM SMBus Controller (rev 02)
0000:01:1c.0 PIC: Intel Corp. 82870P2 P64H2 I/OxAPIC (rev 04)
0000:01:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82870P2 P64H2 Hub PCI Bridge (rev 04)
0000:01:1e.0 PIC: Intel Corp. 82870P2 P64H2 I/OxAPIC (rev 04)
0000:01:1f.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82870P2 P64H2 Hub PCI Bridge (rev 04)
0000:02:01.0 RAID bus controller: 3ware Inc 3ware 7000-series ATA-RAID 
(rev 01)
0000:03:02.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet 
Controller (Copper) (rev 01)
0000:03:02.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet 
Controller (Copper) (rev 01)
0000:04:01.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL 
(rev 27)

debian:~# lspci -n
0000:00:00.0 0600: 8086:254c (rev 01)
0000:00:00.1 ff00: 8086:2541 (rev 01)
0000:00:02.0 0604: 8086:2543 (rev 01)
0000:00:1d.0 0c03: 8086:2482 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.1 0c03: 8086:2484 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.2 0c03: 8086:2487 (rev 02)
0000:00:1e.0 0604: 8086:244e (rev 42)
0000:00:1f.0 0601: 8086:2480 (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.1 0101: 8086:248b (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:2483 (rev 02)
0000:01:1c.0 0800: 8086:1461 (rev 04)
0000:01:1d.0 0604: 8086:1460 (rev 04)
0000:01:1e.0 0800: 8086:1461 (rev 04)
0000:01:1f.0 0604: 8086:1460 (rev 04)
0000:02:01.0 0104: 13c1:1001 (rev 01)
0000:03:02.0 0200: 8086:1010 (rev 01)
0000:03:02.1 0200: 8086:1010 (rev 01)
0000:04:01.0 0300: 1002:4752 (rev 27)


Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]


Comments/Problems:
1. I will say this is a smooth installation. Kudos to the debian 
installer team!

2. The installer failed to recognize the SMP and installed the genuine 
2.4.27-1-386 kernel after finishing the base installation. I had to 
manually grab and install kernel 2.4.27-1-686-smp. This happened to both 
manual and automatic installation.

3. During automatic installation, an empty root password would cause the 
installer trapped in a endless loop of alerting insecure empty root 
password.

4. The apt setup kept contacting security.debian.org and made the 
automatic installation interrupted. I don't think it a bug, but really 
hope to go around it. (Use a proxy?)

5. Exim is slow to start and reload. (I know it's not a bug)

6. The installer seems only add one additinal user. I specified 3 in the 
preseed but only got the last one. :)

7. No HIGHMEM64G compiled kernels in sarge. (This is not a problem of 
the installer. )

We have a couple dozens of servers with 6GB or 8GB RAM and I am in a 
process of purchasing new ones with 16GB RAM! Most of these servers are 
runing old expired Redhat 7.2~9, and I am testing a quick and easy way 
to migrate them to Debian sarge. So far the CD boot net installation 
testings look promising and I am preparing to test the net-boot 
automatic installation. Hopefully the installer can find the SMP/HIGHMEM 
and install the right kernel, otherwise I may need some post 
installation scripts to deal with it.


Jin






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On Tuesday 23 November 2004 21:54, Jin Zhao wrote:
> Comments/Problems:
> 1. I will say this is a smooth installation. Kudos to the debian=20
> installer team!

Thnx.

> 2. The installer failed to recognize the SMP and installed the genuine=20
> 2.4.27-1-386 kernel after finishing the base installation. I had to=20
> manually grab and install kernel 2.4.27-1-686-smp. This happened to both=
=20
> manual and automatic installation.

This is normal if you use the netinst CD as that only contains the 386
versions of the kernel (space limitations).
Use any other image and you're fine.

> 3. During automatic installation, an empty root password would cause the=
=20
> installer trapped in a endless loop of alerting insecure empty root=20
> password.

See the installation manual on how to correctly use preseeding for the pass=
word.
=20
> 6. The installer seems only add one additinal user. I specified 3 in the=
=20
> preseed but only got the last one. :)

Preseeding multiple values is not supported if the interactive question only
for one value.

> 7. No HIGHMEM64G compiled kernels in sarge. (This is not a problem of=20
> the installer. )

So, build your own kernel with make-kpkg, put it in a local mirror and inst=
all
this kernel in 2nd stage using a preseeding script.
(As I understand preseeding, this should be possible.)

Closing this report as there were no real issues.

Cheers,
=46JP

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