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Re: Bug#341597: [ppc,d-i-gtk] installation report on b&w G3

Wolfram Quester wrote:

On Thu, Dec 01, 2005 at 05:59:11PM +0100, Attilio Fiandrotti wrote:

Wolfram Quester wrote:

Plese tell me how I can help to debug this issue. I will retry the
graphical installer from time to time and follow up on this bug-report.


i suggest you to try booting with

install video=ofonly DEBIAN_FRONTEND=newt

the installer should boot in text mode: if the boot process goes fine up to the moment the classic textual installation screen appears, then switch to VT2 and do

export MALLOC_CHECK_=1

a more detailed error message should be available if the graphical installer fails again.

did that, it told me "MALLOC: using debug hooks", but nothing new. The
error screen was too short to read, but starting it repeatedly I could
only see the same as reported above. No entry in syslog. It does not
create /var/log/X{org,Free86}.log. This would be nice to have in such
cases, wouldn't it?

the g-i do not makes use of an X server, but instead it uses DirectFrameBuffer (see www.directframebuffer.org ), so no /var/log/X* is available. you can start the g-i in text mode and, after the newt frontend is loaded, switch to VT2 and type

echo 'debug' >/etc/directfbrc
export MALLOC_CHECK_=1

and see if DFB produces more output that before.

when you start the

Permissions in /dev/fb look unsuspicious to me:

ls -l /dev/fb*
lrwxrwxrwx	1 root root	 4 Dec  1 15:17 /dev/fb0 -> fb/0

crw-rw----	1 root root      0 Dec  1 15:17 /dev/fb/0

ls -ld /dev/fb
drwxr-xr-x	2 root root	60 Dec  1 15:17 /dev/fb

they seem correct, in fact the DFB system start up (blue screen with "drop" cursor) as expected and only after it crashes. Since i've not PPC HW to test the g-i installer on i've forwarded your mail to directfb-dev@directfb.org, the mailing list for developing DFB.
I hope they can help us.

(of course, thanks for testing the g-i! :)



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