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Bug#373594: installation-report: daily snapshot on compaq armada m700

On Wed, 14 Jun 2006 15:13:26 +0200 Marc Haber wrote:
> Kudos. That installer job is very well done.

Thank you, always nice to hear :-)

> Comments/Problems: 
> "Germany" is still not present in the list of countries offered in the 
> initial dialog. A lot more obscure countries are.

If you select English as language the installer only shows countries that 
have English as an official language, same for other languages.
> Before starting the partitioner, system halts for like two minutes on a 
> blank blue screen with the floppy light on

That must be during driver loading. Strange that it takes so long.
That probably coincided with:
Jun 14 12:12:59 kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0
Jun 14 12:13:33 kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0
Jun 14 12:13:35 main-menu[2115]: DEBUG: resolver (libtextwrap1): package 
doesn't exist (ignored) 
Jun 14 12:13:35 main-menu[2115]: INFO: Menu item 'partman-base' selected 
Jun 14 12:13:36 kernel: JFS: nTxBlock = 4543, nTxLock = 36350
Jun 14 12:13:36 kernel: SGI XFS with ACLs, security attributes, realtime, 
large block numbers, no debug enabled
Jun 14 12:13:36 kernel: SGI XFS Quota Management subsystem
Jun 14 12:14:11 kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0
Jun 14 12:14:45 kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0

Not sure why this is, especially as you actually do have a floppy drive. 
On most systems this goes quite smoothly.

> "Erase entire disk and use LVM" does not make any changes to the 
> partitioning table

Was due to an error in new lvm2 package; already fixed.
> Why is /tmp not a tmpfs on a "separate /home, /usr, /var, /tmp" layout?

Not sure. D-I team: any reactions to that?

> popcon seems to install even if answer was "no", but popularity-contest 
> is purged on the final system.

It is being installed when the question is shown as the question is part 
of the popcon package; it is purged based on the answer. That's a choice 
made by Joey when he (re)implemented popcon support.
IIRC Woody used to leave popcon installed after answering no, but both 
solutions can be argued.

> x11-common shows an upgrade warning even if we are not updating but 
> installing anew.

That irritates us too: http://bugs.debian.org/372077
> After installation, quite a few mailboxes, including Debian-exim,
> identd and the user created during installation, are created in
> /var/mail, but with zero size and owned by root, inhibiting mail
> delivery.

That is serious. Looks like a bug in add-user.
I get the following myself:
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:41 Debian-exim
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:55 fjp
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:41 identd
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:41 statd

Note also the lack of permissions on the files...

Thanks for your report.

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