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Bug#405169: installation-report: installation report: Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P7120 laptop



(quoting in full as report did not make the list due to #403346)

> Boot method: usb
> Image version:
> http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/
> iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso (downloaded 2006-12-31)
> Date: 2006-12-31
>
> Machine: Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P7120
> Partitions:
>
>     Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
>     255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
>     Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>
>        Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
>     /dev/hda1   *           1          31      248976   83  Linux
>     /dev/hda2              32        7296    58356112+   5  Extended
>     /dev/hda5              32        7296    58356081   83  Linux
>
>
> Base System Installation Checklist:
> [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
>
> Initial boot:           [O]
> Detect network card:    [O]
> Configure network:      [O]
> Detect CD:              [ ]
> Load installer modules: [O]
> Detect hard drives:     [O]
> Partition hard drives:  [O]
> Install base system:    [O]
> Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
> User/password setup:    [O]
> Install tasks:          [O]
> Install boot loader:    [O]
> Overall install:        [O]
>
> Comments/Problems:
>
> I did this install by using a USB stick and the hd-media and netinst
> .iso images, both downloaded in the European afternoon of 2006-12-31.
>
> For disk partitioning I chose "Guided, encrypted LVM", with everything
> in one partition. This worked fine. It strikes me, though, that it
> would be nice to be able to do this with fewer keystrokes. Perhaps
> having more fully automatic options to choose from would be a thing to
> consider, unless it would confuse those ignorant of the inner workings
> of their computers (which would be a valid reason not to do it).

Not sure what keystrokes you would like to take out. I think guided 
partitioning is probably as lean as can be, unless we want to start 
writing to disk without properly warning people what's about to happen. 
(But we don't.)

Note that encrypted LVM is the most complex guided partitioning option we 
have.

> Clearing the hard disk (necessary for the encryption?) takes a really
> long time. I had time to watch three episodes of "House, M.D.", so I'm
> not really complaining. I was probably inattentive when the partitioner
> told me that it would take that long.

I _think_ that there's a warning about the wipe, but I'm not totally sure.
I'm sure there is for manual partitioning, but possibly not for guided.
It _is_ documented in the manual though :-)

> After entering the details for my local Debian mirror (http to another
> machine on my LAN, called agnes), I was offered only two tasks to
> choose from: laptop and standard. Both were pre-selected, and I just
> pressed Enter. The mirror wasn't used, and wasn't added to the
> sources.list in the installed system. I did not get (or did not
> understand) any warning about the local mirror not working. It is
> perfectly possible that I entered the details wrong, that the mirror is
> missing something (I use debmirror to maintain it, so that'd be a
> debmirror problem I guess), or that I just missed an error message,
> since I was pressing Enter fairly often without reading carefully.
> (I've used d-i now so many times on so many machines that I have the
> feeling that I know it by heart, which is dangerous since it gets
> improvements all the time and I don't follow the development.)

What you see is logical if no mirror was selected: you get an incomplete 
task list as only tasks that (by accident) have packages on the netinst 
will get included. It also means that you'll be missing _a lot_ of 
standard prio packages (including exim4).
You can fix that running 'tasksel --new-install' on the installed system 
will allow you to correct things. If you also select the "manual package 
selection" option you get to review (and correct) selections before 
anything is installed/removed.

I use debmirror at home with no problems at all. I think you just made a 
mistake during mirror selection or missed an error.

The log shows:
choose-mirror: DEBUG: command: wget -q 
http://agnes/debian//dists/testing/Release -O - | grep ^Suite: | 
cut -d' ' -f 2 
choose-mirror: DEBUG: command: wget -q 
http://agnes/debian//dists/etch/Release -O - | grep ^Suite: | 
cut -d' ' -f 2 
choose-mirror: DEBUG: command: wget -q 
http://agnes/debian//dists/testing/Release -O - | grep ^Codename: | 
cut -d' ' -f 2 
choose-mirror: ERROR **: Error getting codename 
apt-setup: warning: /usr/lib/apt-setup/generators/50mirror returned error 
code 1; discarding output

Does that make sense?

Hmmm. Are you maybe missing suite symlinks on your mirror?
You should be debmirroring "etch" and have a symlink testing->etch in 
dists (or vice-versa, but I prefer this as it makes for less surprises at 
release time).

If that is the cause, it may be that we are not catching that case 
correctly.

> I did not have an MTA installed after the installation (no exim4
> package installed). Frans tells me on IRC that it should've been
> installed as part of the Standard package, but it wasn't. Perhaps this
> is related to the problem with my mirror. After fixing sources.list to
> include the mirror, tasksel does not show me a "Standard" task at all.
> (I'm actually happy enough to not have to purge exim4 when installing
> postfix, but I worry there might be something else missing.)

See above.

> X was configured to use 1024x768 pixels, but the laptop has a
> wide-screen display, so 1280x768 pixels are the right dimensions.
> Installing 915resolution fixed this. Getting this automatically would
> of course be nice.

That is an X.Org configuration issue. If you want to follow up on this, 
please file a BR there (xserver-xorg-core probably).

> On the whole, I'm happy with the installation experience.

Cool.

Thanks for the clear report.

Cheers,
FJP

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