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Bug#378078: failed sarge install on laptop

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: netinst CD
Image version: 3.1r2, downloaded 7/7/06
Date: 7/10/06

Machine: Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop
Processor: Pentium II, 300MHz
Memory: 160MB
Partitions: hda1: /boot 100MB,   hda2 swap 300MB,   hda3 / 7.5GB

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

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [ ]
Config network:         [ ]
Detect CD:              [E]   assuming 'CD' means CD-ROM
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Create file systems:    [ ]
Mount partitions:       [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]


After the initial boot, the installer starts and the language and
keyboard layout are selected. The initial scan of the CD-ROM pool
contents appears to work. However, the next step reports the CD
is not an installation CD.

The log on VC 4 (Alt-F4) shows that a grep for the packages is
failing in the "anna" process. Specifically, at line 48 of
is the statement "suite=$RET".  $RET is an empty string. Thus,
grep is searching for the file "/cdrom/dists//Release" (sic)
when the path is actually "/cdrom/dists/sarge/Release".
The variable "suite" should be "sarge"; modifying cdrom-retriever
to explicitly set "suite=sarge" allows the CD to be recognized
as an installation CD, and the install continues.

This same CD was used to install a few boxes at work and those went

This problem was originally encountered on the netinst CD. The
normal install CDs have the same problem.

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