Bug#293008: Sarge Installation Report: succes, but strange tasksel behavior
Installation was very smooth. One very strange hick-up of tasksel
at the end (or /me getting too old to touch computers ?).
Debian-installer-version: downloaded sarge install CD 01 (.iso) on
22 Jan 2005 from the official site (ftp.acc.umu.se)
uname -a: Linux kessel2 2.6.8-1-386 #1 Thu Nov 25 04:24:08 UTC 2004 i586
Date: 31 Jan 2005 16:00 CET
Method: How did you install?
Put CD in system, rebooted, chose
further machine was connected to the Internet
(this is a reinstall of the box from last week
(was bug report 291950), since I found the
partitioning was too broken for me to figure out
how to repair it; cfdisk and fdisk reported errors
on it. I do have the old fdisk report available
Machine: "white box" (old)
Processor: GenuineIntel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
Memory: total: 130510848
Root Device: /dev/hdb
I chose the automatic partitioning for "server with multiple users"
and this yielded the below structure. This matches very well with
what I expected.
Root Size/partition table:
Disk /dev/hdb: 33.8 GB, 33820286976 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 65531 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 1 543 273640+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 544 65531 32753952 f W95 Ext'd
/dev/hdb5 544 10231 4882720+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb6 10232 16044 2929720+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb7 16045 16782 371920+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hdb8 16783 17557 390568+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb9 17558 65531 24178864+ 83 Linux
(I am actually curious why I get a W95 Ext'd (LBA) ?)
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 430TX - 82439TX MTXC (rev 01)
0000:00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 01)
0000:00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev
0000:00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 01)
0000:00:13.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. ViRGE/DX or /GX (rev 01)
0000:00:14.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
kessel2:~# lspci -n
0000:00:00.0 0600: 8086:7100 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.0 0601: 8086:7110 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.1 0101: 8086:7111 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 0c03: 8086:7112 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 0680: 8086:7113 (rev 01)
0000:00:13.0 0300: 5333:8a01 (rev 01)
0000:00:14.0 0200: 10ec:8139 (rev 10)
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]
I choose (again) Dutch/Belgium as language and us (Qwerty) as keyboard
(this of course yielded incorrect X configuration, but that is a known
At the end of the install, I acitvated tasksel with it's default set-up
(only "Mail server" activated). The system went on to correctly install
the additional packages.
After that, from a root prompt (obviously in console since no X was
installed yet), I ran tasksel. Tasksel came with Dutch language support.
Then a very funny thing happened.
* I selected "Workstation" and did not select "Mail server"
the system proposed to install a lot of X related packages and to
*remove* exim. I was not aware that tasksel also removes packages ...
(by now I understand that it probably was removing exim in favor of
Anyway, since I did not want exim to be removed, I pressed 'n' (I am
quite sure I did press 'n', since I was unhappy that the system would
remove my already configured exim) but still the system continued with
downloading, installing and removing the packages as it had announced
... (or maybe I am just loosing it ... but I am really sure I pressed
'n' since I was a little upset that tasksel would *remove* a package).
Is it at all possible that something went wrong in the translation or
something happened that strangely misinterpreted my 'n' for a yes ? I
would be relieved if someone could confirm this bug (or am I getting
too old to touch computers ?).
On a related thread, thrughout the installation, I was asked a number of
times for a (J/n) or (j/N) reply (in Dutch that is from "Ja" and "Neen"),
but from pure habit, I pressed either 'y' or 'n'.. The system did not
complain about me pressing a "wrong" button ('y' was no amidst the
presented options). I have the impression that the system actually
intepreted my 'y' for 'j', but now I am uncertain if this really
worked the way I had expected.
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