Bug#295166: Partitioner bug
On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 18:12:47 +0100, Sven Luther <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 14, 2005 at 05:01:22AM +0100, Kero-Chan wrote:
> > Package: installation-reports
> > INSTALL REPORT
> > Debian-installer-version: Sarge-RC2
> > uname -a: Install failed
> > Date: -
> > Method: Boot from Sarge-RC2 NetInstall CD
> > Machine: -
> > Processor: Intel Pentium III 733MHz
> > Memory: 512MB
> > Root Device: IDE, Quantum Fireball+ 20G
> > Root Size/partition table: See below
> > Output of lspci and lspci -n: Install failed
> > 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+E]
> > Create file systems: [O+E]
> > Mount partitions: [O]
> > Install base system: [O]
> > Install boot loader: [O+E]
> > Reboot: [E]
> > Comments/Problems:
> > First I tried with the following partition scheme:
> > 128M /boot, First primary partition, Ext3, Boot-flag on
> > 20G LVM Physical Volume, Second primary partition, Boot-flag off
> > 20G VG
> > 6G /, LV on VG, XFS
> > 256M swap, LV on VG
> > Everything looked fine. On reboot, I got GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB printed
> > on the screen (for ever AFAIKT).
> > Then I tried with this setup:
> > 20G /, First primary partition, Ext3, boot-flag on
> > 384M swap, Second primary partition
> > NB: This is the partitioning scheme the installer sets up when telling
> > it to do it automatically.
> > This resulted in a working Debian system :) However, It's near
> > impossible to convert it to LVM and XFS (I'd need an other HD, etc).
> > It'd be nice if I the partitioner worked.
> > I also tried this:
> > 256M swap, First primary partition
> > 6GB /, Second primary partition, boot-flag on
> > This also results in the GRUB GRUB GrUB GRUB syndrome :(
> > Anyone able to install with any partition setup other than what the
> > installer sets up automatically?
> Just create a small /boot at the start of the disk as normal ext3 (or even
> ext2). This will be enough for grub to boot, and then the kernel can take over
> as usual.
> Sven Luther
I tried that setup now too:
128M /boot, First primary partition, Ext3, boot-flag on
256M swap, Second primary partition
6G /, Third primary partition, Ext3
When I boot with expert26 I can select the bootloader.
If I select GRUB, I get GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB on reboot.
When I select LILO, I get L 02 02 02 02 after reboot :(
If I boot from the CD then, with linux26 root=/dev/hda3, I get a
kernel panic, something like: VFS: Unable to mount root, unknown
If I boot the installation CD, load the installer components, execute
a shell, and start cfdisk, I get: FATAL: Unable to read disk.
If I boot Knoppix 3.7 and start cfdisk, It can see the partition
scheme I set up in the Debian installer. I can also mount hda3. fcsk
finds no errors. The installed Debian system appears to be there.
It appears that the bug is in the kernel used on the Sarge Installer
NetInst CD, the partitioner, or the parameters it passes to grub/lilo
when installing them.