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Bug#293867: installation on sparc ultra5 overwrites Master Boot Sectors with silo

Roland Egger wrote:
> Package: installation-reports
> Version: Debian 3.0r2
> Severity: important
> Processor: UltraSPARC-IIi 440 MHz
> Root Device: IDE
> I have installed Debian Linux 3.0r2 on my ultra5

Installation reports are really intended to be used to report sarge
installations. The installer used for Debian 3.0 is no longer being

> Afterwards I booted the Debian cd mounted my
> linux partition and run silo -r /mnt -t to install silo on the linux
> partition. Afterwards everything worked fine.
> I can now boot silo or solaris from the OpenBoot and from silo I can
> boot linux)
> It would be great if the new debian has a possibility to let the
> master boot blocks untouched. There should be one option e.g.
> 4. save silo installation (Master Boot Sector will not be changed)
> Installing silo with the -t option seems to be a save method and does
> not harm. It's really a nasty thing to remove silo (if something
> goes wrong like in my example (perhaps too large disks) or you
> want/have to remove linux/silo) and restore the old boot blocks.

Since the new installer does not support running silo with -t either to
not write to the MBR, I'll assign this report to the appropriate part of

see shy jo

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