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Bug#368690: Installation fails, when /var/cache/apt/archives is full

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: Boot from netinst CD, used private mirror as source
Image version: 2006-05-24, http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/etch_di_beta2/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso
Date: Wed May 24 08:48:25 CEST 2006

Machine: selfmade Shuttle SN41-G2
Processor: AMD athlign XP 2000+
Memory: 1GB
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>
Sorry, busyboxs df neither know -T nor -l; I guess that will do:
~ # fdisk -l
   Device Boot    Start     End      Blocks    Id    System
/dev/hda1   *         1      34      273973+   83    Linux
/dev/hda2            35   36481   292769527+    5    Extended
/dev/hda5            35    1007     7815591    83    Linux
/dev/hda6          1008    1337     2650693+   82    Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda7          1338    1386      393561    83    Linux
/dev/hda8          1387   36481   281900556    83    Linux
/dev/hdc1   *         1     851     6835626    83    Linux
/dev/hdc2           852   19457   149452695     5    Extended
/dev/hdc5           852    1181     2650693+   82    Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hdc6          1182   19457   146801938+   83    Linux

~ # mount
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/lun0/part1 on /target type ext3 (rw,data=ordered)
/dev/ide/host0/bus1/lun0/part6 on /target/home type ext3 (rw,data=ordered)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/lun0/part8 on /target/pub type ext3 (rw,data=ordered)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/lun0/part7 on /target/tmp type ext3 (rw,data=ordered)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/lun0/part5 on /target/usr type ext3 (rw,data=ordered)

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
[ Too lazy to type that from the monitor; not important anyway since the
  hardware is recognized ]

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
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:    [E]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]


What basically happend is the following:
I got a new harddisc.  I moved my old disc, with my old / and /home to
/dev/hdc and to test the new installer and attached my new disc as
/dev/hda.  The installer booted up fine, and when asked I told him to
use /dev/hda entirely for seperate partitions.  Seeing the details of
the proposed partioning, I made some changes, most notable I removed the
partition intended for /var (I wanted to use my old root partition on
/dev/hdc1 later for that).  So /var resided on the rest of the /, which
got only 300 MB, or so.

The Rest of the story is easy:

During tasksel, I told him to install a desktop system.  After
downloading 206 of 627 files to install, /var/cache/apt/archives became
to big for that partition, and the progressbar stopped.

I didn't got a warning, that my / was to small for /var, nor an error
message, when the installation process coudln't continue.

Okay, it's a clear user error, but it can't be called an error, without
an proper error message, can it? ;)

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