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Bug#305127: installation-reports: sarge on Dell Dimension 8400

Quoting Frans Pop (aragorn@tiscali.nl):
> On Monday 18 April 2005 07:34, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > CC'ing util-linux maintainer(s) to get his/her/their advice as
> > /etc/init.d/hwclock belong to this package.
> >
> > This is about d-i "2nd stage" (after the reboot) failing on Dell
> > Dimension 8400 machines (a fairly common end user machine) as well as
> > some other systems, because of hwclock call.
> >
> > Before I reassign part of this bug report to base-config and/or
> > util-linux, more input is needed, though.
> Don't think this is necessary as the RTC problems on Dell systems is a 
> known issue [1] (which also has a workaround). The general consensus is 
> that this is a kernel issue, not something to be fixed in util-linux.

In general, no, and I agree about the kernel issue thing. But I'm a
bit annoyed by us shipping sarge and have it "fail" (from the users
point of view) on the most common end user system in Dell

This is why I suggested considering the "--directisa" at least
in sarge. If it does not harm, as suggested by hwclock man page, why
not do it?

I don't have the reference you mention above available to read now but
from what I understand, the workaround is not really obvious to end
users, am I wrong?

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