Re: Bug#295476: add support for disabling auto-eject
I've just installed Debian Sarge (Using the network-install-CD 3.1_r1a) to a new Server
which was nearly damaged due to the cd-eject feature without prior warning at
the end of the installation procedure.
After looking around for some time I found that there has been a
discussion already about this subject. I am now trying to convince you to
remove this annoying behaviour from the installation procedure. I have
understood the reasons for including this feature and I'm sure that
there's an alternative to what's happening right now that will satisfy
A solution could look like this:
Message: The system will be rebooted. Do you want to eject the CD to make sure
you're not booting the installation system but you newly installed debian
no => reboot without ejecting the CD
yes => next message:
Please remove the CD and hit Enter to reboot.
I know this is one more question during the install process, but there are
good reasons why this question should be added:
1. The user should keep control over his hardware, ejecting a CD without
prior warning has been annoying to many user I know (Nero does this, too)
2. There's always the risk that by ejecting the CD, the users hardware is
damaged or even worse. Do you sit in front of your computer during the
whole installation procedure? I usually do different things at the same
time and walk around the room and a suddenly ejecting CD could even cause
an accident this way. This nearly happened to me when I first used Nero to
burn a CD and was not aware of what was going to happen.
3. Everyone installing a debian system should know what he is doing and
should be aware of the fact that the computer would start from the cd
again if he didn't remove it. I don't think Debian should be adapted to
people who cannot handle a computer.
If you're not going to remove this annoying feature, please include at least a warning for the user and instructions on how to disable the automatic cd-eject.
I don't know if this patch has been applied already and I don't know where to look for this but as far as I know it hasn't "The Sarge version of the installer does not have this option":
Thanks for your attention,