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Bug#394145: install base system doesn't time out when link dies

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: USB memory stick
Image version: amd64 Etch beta 3, root.img.gz; business-card iso
		build-date 2006-08-06
Date: Overnight Wed/Thurs Oct 18/19 2006

Machine: Home Built: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe (Socket AM2)
Processor: AMD64  Athlon 3800+
Memory: 1024 GB on one stick
Partitions: Two identical Seagate Barracude 7200 80 GB SATA
	First partition on each: 64 MB, in raid1 as /boot
	Second partition on each: remainder, in raid1 as PV0 to VG0
	VLM for /, /home, /usr, /var, swap

USB memory stick is a Kingston 2.0 GB USB 2.0 Data Traveller
however, did 'easy way' of making the stick from boot.img.gz,
so only 256 MB useable.  Used the new computer with a RIP linux CD to
make the USB stick.

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

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O] (That is, find the iso on the flash drive)
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [E]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]


Boot option 'expert'

No option given for mounting /tmp as tmpfs.

Installing the base system:
	Internet is accessed via eth0 to my 486 that has a modem.  I'm
	on dialup in the country.  When ppp link goes down, I can bring
	it back up but the installer doesn't time-out, it just sits
	there.  In this case, I used watch -n 30 pon internet, on the
	486 to keep the ppp link up.  When I checked in the morning it
	had gone down once but the install was sitting at 6% with no
	data transfer happening.  There's no 'pause' button to have it
	try connecting again.

	From the 486 asked advise on the amd65 mailing list.  Received
	suggestion to kill the wget process.  I listed with ps then
	killed it with kill xxxxx.  Installer hicckuped said an error
	had happened and started again with the package it was

	I would suggest a 'pause' button which kills the wget.  I would
	also suggest that wget use the -c option so when tries again it
	can resume without having to start over with the package.

Other annoyances:

	No progress indicator when fetching Release: just sits there
	shoing 0% until its completed.

Wanted to make USB stick the whole 2 GB so followed the manual section

	mkdosfs needs the -F16 option.  Otherwise makes F12 which
	doesn't support long filenames under vfat.

	mkdosfs man page says it can't make bootable fs.  Used

	It would be good if there was a script made that would mount the
	boot.img.gz via loop, and do all this automatically.

Would like a way to interrupt the whole install process incase need to
power-off or if power dies.



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