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Bug#366177: versions of debian-installer

Geert Stappers wrote:
> On Sat, May 20, 2006 at 04:34:28PM -0500, Karl Schmidt wrote:
> > Geert Stappers wrote:
> > >On Thu, May 18, 2006 at 11:42:06AM -0500, Karl Schmidt wrote:
> > >>
> > >>I renamed this iso to debian-testing-amd64-netinst-5-13-06.iso
> > >
> > >I doubt there is may 15th 2006 build of amd64.
> > >Please prove me wrong by booting with that ISO-image,
> > >switch to the second virtual console (by ALT-F2)
> > >and type `cat /etc/lsb-release` to get the actual build date.
> > >You can do that with any harm to the installed system
> > >(no need to re-install)
> > 
> > Something is very wrong with that date  - did they back up to an older 
> > version with older bugs?
> Sorry to say, but you are wrong.
> There is _no_ may 15th build of amd64.
> See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Today for more information.

Actually, at least up to 18 may there _were_ daily netinst and
businesscard isos for amd64 in http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily.old/
for a 15 may build. They're since gone as only the three most recent
'old' iso builds are kept, evidently.

I can also confirm that these images had a 20060408 datestamp in
/etc/lsb-release, as Karl stated.

Perhaps you are thinking about debian-installer builds rather than daily
iso builds? I suppose there could very well indeed be no d-i build for 15

As reported in #368029, the netinst iso of 15 may did not work because tar
was not installed by debootstrap, whereas the businesscard and weekly full
isos (which incidentally were built on 15 may as well) failed differently.
Checking /etc/lsb-release, it was easy to see why: they used a different,
older initrd image; the datestamp there was 20060304.
While I understand that bc / netinst / full isos may need different kernel
and initrd images to do their job, it seems bad that the image build dates
are off by such a time period - for unambiguous troubleshooting and easy
support they would best be from the same d-i build date, I think.



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