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Bug#312651: Install report

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: sarge-i386-netinst.iso 20050322, downloaded June 06, 2005 from

uname -a: Linux sseyweb 2.4.27-2-386 #1 Thu Jan 20 10:55:08 JST 2005 i686 GNU/Linux
Date:     June 08, 2005  15:00
Method: Netinst, Boot from RC3 netinst ISO, packages from http://ftp.de.debian.org, no proxy

Machine:   Transtec 1300
Processor: Pentium III @ 733 MHz
Memory:    1 GB (2x 512M SDRAM PC-133)
Root Device: Two Samsung SP2014N P-IDE drives in a RAID-1 setup
Root Size/partition table:

Disk /dev/hda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System			Mount*1
/dev/hda1 * 1 16 128488+ fd Linux raid autodetect /boot /dev/hda2 17 514 4000185 fd Linux raid autodetect / /dev/hda3 515 757 1951897+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris swap
/dev/hda4             758       24321   189277830    5  Extended
/dev/hda5 758 1243 3903763+ fd Linux raid autodetect /usr /dev/hda6 1244 3188 15623181 fd Linux raid autodetect /var /dev/hda7 3189 5620 19535008+ fd Linux raid autodetect /catusr01 /dev/hda8 5621 6836 9767488+ fd Linux raid autodetect /catiaserv /dev/hda9 6837 24321 140448231 fd Linux raid autodetect /seyhome

*1 Obviously, the partitions aren't mounted directly but (except for the swap partition) are part of a mirror. The second harddisk, hdc, is partitioned identically and contains the
   other halves of the mirrors

Output of lspci and lspci -n:

0000:00:00.0 0600: 1106:0691 (rev c4)
0000:00:01.0 0604: 1106:8598
0000:00:07.0 0601: 1106:0686 (rev 22)
0000:00:07.1 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 10)
0000:00:07.2 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 10)
0000:00:07.4 0c05: 1106:3057 (rev 30)
0000:00:0f.0 0200: 1011:0019 (rev 41)
0000:01:00.0 0300: 10de:002d (rev 15)

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]*2
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]*3
Create file systems:    [O]*4
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]*5
Install boot loader:    [E]*6
Reboot:                 [O]


*2 User should be able to select manual configuration or DHCP. There may be networks that do not use DHCP, causing a pause in the install. Or worse, DHCP is in use on the net
   but wasn't intended to be used in the install.

*3 To make RAID-1 installations easier it would be helpful to have a menu option for duplicating the partition table of another harddisk (a la sfdisk -d <dev1> | sfdisk <dev2>).

*4 I was not able to reproduce this but in the first installation attempt the md devices were still syncing (not sure if that is what caused the problem but felt that way). The sync process was very slow (1000+ minutes for a 140G partition according to /proc/mdstat). The installer hung when trying to do "something". What exactly it was doing is beyond me, the progress dialog had no title and stayed at 0% for over half an hour, after which I rebooted. To make matters worse it had somehow gotten on console 2 (but still was accepting input from console 1, not 2), blocking access to the shell. The installer background color had changed from blue to red if that helps any. No further diagnostics possible since the shell was blocked.

*5 The installer wasn't able to access the package list of the security update site:
   Err http://security.debian.org testing/updates/contrib Packages
   404 Not Found

*6 GRUB was only installed on the first harddisk's MBR so booting off the other mirror side is not possible. Since the system will crash when a harddisk fails (swap is not mirrored) it will not boot up again if the 1st harddisk fails. Not good. Kinda defeats the purpose of a mirror.

All in all the install went well, except for the major glitch with GRUB.

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