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Bug#283492: Package: installation-reports

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: <Fill in date and from where you got the image>
uname -a: <The result of running uname -a on a shell prompt>
Date: 28 November 2004
Method: Network install: booted from network install CD (SID), then I connected
to ftp.si.debian.org

Machine: PC
Processor: Celeron 2.4 MHz
Memory: 512 Mb
Root Device: 2 x SATA 80 Gb discs
Root Size/partition table: look bellow
Output of lspci and lspci -n:

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:  [E]
Create file systems:    [E]
Mount partitions:       [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]


Problem is with creation of RAID.

Description of problem on my case in debian installer:
I have a i386 box with 2 identical SATA disc. I'd like to make a RAID1 for "/"
and swap partitions. I've created "Raid partitions" and then created "/" and
swap partitions on "raid partition."

But: debian-installer allows me to prepare such configurations, that are later
not possible to be applyed to disc:
- I've created ONE raid partition on first disc (whole disc), and another ONE
raid partition on second disc (whole disc). Then I've created a raid1 device
(using both raid partitions) As I understand now, I can create only one "real"
partition on one raid device. But debian installer let me create two (or betters
said: created herself) two partitions ("/" and swap) on one raid device.
- I've later changed the settins, but I could not find a combination of raid
discs, partitions created on them and boot flags of partitions, that would crate
a working raid. It either reported an error after trying to create the
partitions or I could not boot the computer from created partitions.

I do not know exactly how the RAID partitions should be created, but:
- the installer should have at least an extensive "help" on this topisc,
- the installer should only allow to create working RAID partitons,
- the installer should not allow to specify configurations, which can not be
created, or would be non working.


P.S.: If there is something unclearly written, feel free to contact me.


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