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Bug#405129: installation-reports: No message displayed if there is not enough space for the installation.

On Mon, Jan 01, 2007 at 07:56:58AM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> reassign 405129 tasksel
> severity 405129 important
> thanks
> On Sunday 31 December 2006 17:08, alex wrote:
> > I tried to install Etch using the RC1 installer (expertgui way).
> > I didnt allocate enough space for the installation. Obviously, it
> > couldnt finish the installation, and I was getting generic "I cant
> > install" messages, giving me the option to try again, but I wasnt told
> > that there just wasnt enough space. I had to get out of the
> > installation and check for myself what was wrong.
> In general this is a known issue. Required disk space for the different 
> tasks are documented in the manual, but is not checked during the 
> installation as technically this is not that easy to implement.
> It is also not that easy (if possible at all) to detect out of disk as the 
> reason for failures. The installer will respond much like a normal 
> system: with a bunch of errors that can be checked in the logs.
> How exactly did you partition your disk?

I just chose the easy way ... 1 partition for everything, but I chose to
use LVM for the partition (just did it for some testing).

> What tasks did you select?

I installed the Spanish version, but it would be something like the
Desktop (first option in the menu) + Standard (last option).

> On which file system did you run out of space?

Only had 1 partition.

> The Desktop task should only be shown as installable if there is 
> sufficient free disk space, though the check is probably too tight at the 
> moment.

Yup, I could select the desktop option and ended up out of space, so
that will probably need some tweaking.

> Joey:
> I've just checked the required disk space for tasks, and 2GB is probably 
> too low for Desktop. IMO you have to consider that Standard + Desktop + 
> Laptop should be installable together.

Well, I deleted some packages I didnt need to make some room after a
successful install (chosing Desktop + Standard tasks) and installed
VMtools (about 120 Mb). It's using 2.3 Gb after removing the .deb
packages from the cache. So its quite possible the install is taking
more space than what you have calculated. I will probably create another
virtual machine with Debian tomorrow. I will use the snapshot
net-install CD instead of the RC1 I used last time and let you know how
much space it takes.

> That means (installed + download):
> Standard: 197 + 60
> Desktop + Laptop: 1272 + 421 (Laptop adds only about 6 MB)
> Grand total: 1950MB

That's all for now. Sorry I didnt answer faster, but I went late to bed
yesterday, as i had a new year party.

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