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Bug#405496: installation-report: successful installation on a rather old Pentium-MMX box

On Thu, 04 Jan 2007 01:11:36 +0100 Frans Pop wrote:

> On Thursday 04 January 2007 00:30, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > Comments/Problems:
> > No problems AFAICS.
> > Note that I tested the guided partitioning of the entire disk with
> > encrypted LVM (choosing to separate /home): it seems to work fine.
> I wonder how long the wipe of the encrypted LVM took, even though it
> is  only 4GB.

If I read /var/log/installer/syslog correctly, it took 2458 s:
that is the time interval between the following two log lines

  Jan  3 18:57:02 partman: mke2fs 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)
  Jan  3 19:38:00 partman-crypto: kernel entropy_avail: 3613 bits

> Nice to see that it works with only 64MB memory in the
> box.

Yes, even though in low memory mode.

> > Also note that I only installed the base system, without selecting
> > any task.
> Thank you very much for submitting the installation report. As there
> were  no issues, I'm closing it.

There's a little issue, now that I think better: I don't remember seeing
any question whatsoever regarding the hardware clock.
I mean: the Debian Installer asked me to select a country and I chose
Hence the timezone was correctly set to Rome/Paris (that, in winter,
makes CET, or +0100, if you prefer).
So far so good.

But nothing asked me whether the hardware clock was in local time or
It was silently assumed to be UTC, which, BTW, was I what I wanted it to
be, but forgot to set accordingly in the BIOS configuration menu.

The result was that the box had the hardware clock correctly set to
local time (because I forgot to set it to UTC), but the installed system
assumed it to be set to UTC and displayed times with a +1 hour error.
I fixed the problem by setting the hardware clock to UTC in the BIOS
configuration menu, as I wanted.

But I think that the Debian Installer should ask the user whether the
hardware clock is set to local time or UTC, especially since machines
that previously had (or still have) a Windows installation typically
work with the hardware clock set to local time.

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..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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