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Bug#378078: failed sarge install on laptop

Brent Burton wrote:
> 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
>   /usr/lib/debian-installer/retriever/cdrom-retriever
> 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
> fine.

The problem is that your laptop is not reliably reading the CD and the
Release file cannot be read. This generally results in the code that
tries to determine the suite failing. In etch, this condition is
detected and an error displayed:

_Description: Error reading Release file
 The CD-ROM does not seem to contain a valid 'Release' file, or that file
 could not be read correctly.
 You may try to repeat CD-ROM detection but, even if it does succeed the
 second time, you may experience problems later in the installation.

BTW, turning off DMA for the CD may help.

see shy jo

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