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Bug#385100: marked as done (Etch beta3 failure on mipsel (emulated))

Your message dated Wed, 30 Aug 2006 00:23:04 -0700
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Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: etch beta3 mipsel netinst. Also tried daily built image (aug 28)
Date: August 28, 2006

Machine: DECstation 5000/200, simulated using gxemul (gxemul -e3max)


I did not succeed with the install.

I was trying to follow gxemul installation instructions from
I've been successful following these instructions to install Sarge 31r2,
but not so with the Etch installer.

Before executing 'load installer components from CD' I can execute a shell
and run /bin/archdetect; it returns mipsel/r3k-kn02 which is proper.
I also make a copy of /bin/archdetect into /bin/archdetect.orig at this point.

When executing 'load installer components from CD', the installer first
complains about the lack of modules for my kernel. This is expected since
I'm using a different kernel than the one provided by debian. Shortly
after that the installer tries to unpack the archdetect module and fails
while trying to run it. The error message is "Loading archdetect failed
for unknown reasons. Aborting".

If I execute a shell again, I see that /bin/archdetect has been overwriten
when pool/main/h/hw-detect/archdetect_1.40_mipsel.udeb was installed.
When running the new /bin/archdetect executable I get:
/bin/archdetect: /lib/libdebian-installer.so.4: version `LIBDI_4.5' not
found (required by /bin/archdetect)
I can still run /bin/archdetect.orig and see mipsel/r3k-kn02 as expected.

I believe the pool/main/h/hw-detect/archdetect_1.40_mipsel.udeb file on
the etch beta3 mipsel CDrom is not at the correct version. This seems similar
to bug #320916 which happened a year ago, but I did not figure out from that
how I can work around the issue.


Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
"Bill Gates is a monocle and a Persian cat away from being the villain
in a James Bond movie." -- Dennis Miller

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OK, I figured out why the installation failed.

It's all my fault. For installation I was using a modified kernel with
enhanced gxemul support, which I had gotten following the instructions
at http://gavare.se/gxemul/gxemul-stable/doc/guestoses.html#declinux

What I did not realize was that this kernel included an embedded initrd
image with a version of the sarge installer on it. So while I thought I
was running the etch installer, in effect I was actually running the
sarge installer up to the point where it mounted the CDROM, and then
it got confused due to etch<->sarge version incompatibilities.

Please ignore my bug report. Now I'll just have to figure out how to
start the etch installer within gxemul using the debian supplied kernel.


Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
"Bill Gates is a monocle and a Persian cat away from being the villain
in a James Bond movie." -- Dennis Miller

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