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Bug#248820: marked as done (various grub-installer comments (install report))

Your message dated Sun, 14 May 2006 20:57:43 -0300
with message-id <87y7x4i2h4.fsf@nurf.casa>
and subject line Should be fixed in current images of installer
has caused the attached Bug report to be marked as done.

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Package: installation-reports

I am writing this from memory at work, so not all the fields are filled.

Debian-installer-version: Beta 4 downloaded von Debian
uname -a: <The result of running uname -a on a shell prompt>
Date: May 12th, 2004
Method: Installed by booting from CD

Machine: ISSAM Smartbook (German laptop)
Processor:Pentium 4, 2.5 Mhz
Memory: 512 Mb
Root Device: <IDE 40 Gb hard disk>
Root Size/partition table:
hda1 - Xandros
hda2 - Debian Testing (this is where I installed Debian
hda3 - Linspire 4.5 Laptop Edition
hda5 - swap
hda6 - free
hda7 - home
Output of lspci:

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [E]
Config network:         [E]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [EO]
Reboot:                 [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


Installing boot loader:
You get a question if you want to install grub in mbr (yes,no). There is no
indication what will happen if you answer no. There should at least be a
note saying that if you answer no, you'll have a chance to install it
somewhere else on the next screen.

On the next screen you say that you can use grub notation hd0 or standard
/dev notation to install grub somewhere else. I wrote "/dev/hda2" (without
quotes of course). Installer tried to install grub but returned an error. I
then returned to previous screen to install grub in mbr and it worked. Here
I have a few comments:
1. Installing boot loader in some other partition has grub notation "hd0,x"
for partitions where x is partition number starting from 0, not "hd0" as
you say in the text. Am I correct?
2. Also, you only say "standard /dev notation". You should give a complete
example. I tried with "/dev/hda2" but it didn't work.
3. If you can't install grub on other partitions like lilo but you can
install it on other disks giving only the disk notation (hd1 or /dev/hdb),
it isn't clearly stated on these screens.

But I would really prefer having these two screens (mbr and other) merged
into one screen, where you can choose where to install grub. And you give a
complete example of every possible option (mbr, other disk, other
partition? ). That would be so much simpler.

Internet connection:
The installer is made for boxes connected to a network. There is no option
or help for typical home users having DSL-connection. At the end it asks
for a debian repository to start to download packages. Here is where the
installation stops, because there is no DSL support in the installer and so
no connection to the internet. It would be great if you have a option for
DSL. Just ask for a user name and password and instructions how to start
and stop the connection (I pay pro minute so I want to be able to start and
stop it at will and also to see when the connection is up).

Kudos for you for separating language and keyboard layout. I live in
Germany with a German keyboard but prefer my computer to talk to me in
English. But when choosing the keyboard layout, it would be great if you
could have an extra input field for testing it after choosing to see if you
made the right choice.

That's it for now.

Tony Akkanen

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Looks like your bug is fixed in current installer. Would be good if
you could see if it still reproducable and reopen the bug in case.

Thanks in advance,

p.s.: You can get a new installer image in

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