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Bug#366542: Installation on x86 on compact flash with IDE adapter

On Tuesday 09 May 2006 17:29, Garvan McFeeley wrote:
> Comments/Problems:
> System has a 2GB Compact Flash card attached via a CF to IDE adapter.
> Boot from CD and install goes fine until I try and write my partition
> changes,
> I then get errors on the terminal from the compact flash device. See
> log files attached.

The parted log shows that the error happens when you try to commit the 
changes made in partman to the device.

I'm afraid that helping you with this is going to be very hard as I doubt 
we will be able to reproduce this. The problem looks to be either in 
parted or in the kernel, almost certainly not in the installer itself.

I've asked one of the parted maintainers to take a look at your report and 
he suggests that it is probably a kernel issue. 

The best thing to do is to try the Etch version of the installer as that 
will have a much more recent kernel version which is actually still 
supported. So, what are the results if you use the Etch Beta 2 release 
[1] of the installer?

> Curiously, if I mount the CF device in another machine via a USB hub I
> can create partitions etc.,
> and I have successfuly loaded
> http://shopping.hacom.net/catalog/pub/debian/debian-sarge-1gb-hdc.img.g
>z by gunzip -c debian-sarge-256-hdc.img.gz | dd of=/dev/sda bs=16k onto
> the CF card in the other machine.

Those look like unofficial images of some kind. I cannot comment on that.

> More strangely the partitions created via USB hub do NOT appear in the
> partition manager.

Probably related to the first issue.

From the logs I see you have two devices:
1) Model: FCF2GBUIM
   Path: /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc
2) Model: NEC USB UF000x
   Path: /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc

The first is your CF card? What exactly is the second and what are you 
using it for?


[1] http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

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