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Bug#379067: couple of minor glitches in install of powerpc

On Jul 22, 2006, at 3:01 AM, Wouter Verhelst wrote:

On Fri, Jul 21, 2006 at 11:19:06PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
On Friday 21 July 2006 22:09, Rick Thomas wrote:
Putting the install CDrom into sources.list makes sense when you are
installing from a full CD (or DVD) set, because there's a large
amount of significant information on them, *and* the main reason why
you might want to install that way is because of limited (or *no*)
network access.  I agree with that.

The current rule is that the CD is added to the sources list when the CD is used for the installation of the base system. I agree that adding the
CD is less usefull when installing from a netinst.
However, we currently cannot distinguish between a netinst CD and a full
CD in the installation. We hope to add that before Etch, and maybe we
will change this aspect then too.

I don't think it is that much of a problem, though. AIUI, a netinst
CD-ROM only contains the base system; so everything that is on the
CD-ROM will already be installed after the installation run. As a
result, you will not need the CD-ROM anymore once the installation has
finished anyway, even if it is listed in sources.list, since there is
nothing there anymore that can be installed (unless you remove pppd once
and then reinstall it again, or so, but I would think those are corner
cases, that are not likely to occur very often (especially not with
newbie users)).

Hmmm... That doesn't square with my recent experience. I've had aptitude hang on me a couple of times with messages saying (approximately -- from memory) "can't read cdrom". If you want, I can explore this behavior in more detail and present a differential diagnosis. But I've presented my case for not putting the 'deb cdrom' into sources.list for netinst or businesscard installs, and I still think it's a good idea regardless of whether it's a corner case or not.

I'm just being a tester here and reporting what seems to me as a violation the principle of least astonishment.

Personally, it's not a big deal for me. For myself, I can deal with it by editing sources.list. It's just one more thing on my list of stuff I have to fix after doing an install.

Let's just call it a "wishlist" item for doing sometime before etch final release, and move on.



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