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Re: Bug#361180: Debian installer doesn't install kernel

On Sun, Apr 09, 2006 at 11:08:51AM +0200, Geert Stappers wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 07, 2006 at 08:42:02PM -0400, Jack Carroll wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 07, 2006 at 08:21:52AM +0200, Geert Stappers wrote:
> > > 
> > > What is the reason for using 'expert'?
> > 
> > 	I've been doing it that way for so long, it's reflex now.  I want to
> > make sure it doesn't try to do something like partitioning my hard disk
> > without asking how I want it partitioned.  That would be really upsetting.
> the default boot (that is another one then 'expert' ) _does_ ask
> about partitioning ....

	OK.  I'll try it without "expert" the next time I test the installer.


> > > Mmm, interresting.
> > > The rare case of upgrading a Debian system by a re-install.
> > > (the usual way to get from Debian Sarge to Debian Etch is
> > >  editting /etc/apt/sources.list and then
> > >    apt-get update
> > >    apt-get dist-upgrade
> > > )
> > 
> > 	It didn't occur to me to try exactly that.

	OK, I did what you suggested, and it worked.  I was able to
reproduce the problem with loading multiple ISA-PNP driver modules with the
2.6.15 kernel image.  I'll start work on a new bug report for that package.

> > 	I've tested the floppies, and found a solid bug.  The major question
> > is whether it's because the daily build floppies don't include a boot.img,
> > and are incompatible with the RC2 boot floppy, and therefore I should stop
> > testing the floppies until a current boot.img appears.
> I have no clue what you are trying to tell.
> Please rephrase your original challenge.
> And send it to the mailinglist debian-boot@lists.debian.org
> The ML debian-boot@lists.debian.org is where development
> of debian-installer is discussed. It is the place where I
> saw this bugreport. 

	OK, I'll restate it.
	In this bug report I'm testing the debian-installer boot floppy set,
using the daily builds.  The failure I identified is that the installer
deletes the kernel after it installs it.  The kernel does not re-appear
anywhere else in the /target tree.
	I speculated that the reason for the error might be that the daily
builds did not include a boot.img floppy, and the root.img and
net-drivers.img that were provided might not be compatible with the Etch RC2
boot.img.  Until that question can be answered, or there is a daily build
that includes all the required floppy images, it doesn't seem useful to
continue testing with floppies.

> Installing (multiple) Ethernet drivers is worth a new E-mail thread.

	I'll file a separate bug report for that.  I should probably burn an
Etch CD first, so I can do a pristine Etch install, just to make sure
leftovers from Sarge aren't causing the problem.  This one is pretty subtle.

> > > Please provide the output of 
> > > 
> > >  fdisk -l /dev/hda
> > 
> > 	I'll get you that in the next message, after the install finishes.
> Does that mean that when we see the partition table,
> you have a finished install?

	Yes, but it's the Sarge re-install.
	I sent the partition table last night.  You should have it now.

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