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Bug#406813: installation-report: Installation mostly went well. Mostly.

Package: installation-reports
Version: 2.23
Severity: wishlist

The installation mostly went well.  Mostly.  In the first attempt, I
selected the danish dkuug mirror.  The UI went unresponsive at 40% of
the [downloading a couple of `Release' files] step (it said wget
$mirror/$path/Release in the syslog).  In my impatience, I killed off
wget and select-mirror (did I get the name right?).  I'd suggest
making the ui provide more feedback ("waiting for dkuug to start
sending data", "connection time out, retrying"), and giving the user
the option of cancelling the download and choosing a different mirror,
at any time in the download process.

I would also suggest (i.e. like to have) some way of verifying that
what I think I'm inputting (based on keyboard layout selection) is
what I'm actually inputting (based on on-display feedback) when I'm
typing my password(s).  i can think of two ways to implement this:
either make an "input test" text field next to the password input
field, or make a "show passwords in the clear" checkbox.

Back to my story: the second attempted install went fine.  When I
rebooted, grub gave an error 22.  I previously had grub on my [br]oot
disk (hdb, /, bootable), but before the installer I repartitioned and
created a new type of file system (reiserfs became ext3).  I had the
installation media on my other disk (hda, /home, unbootable); I booted
the installer with a grub that was stored on a floppy disk.

What I think has happened is that the installer installed grub on hda
instead of hdb due to device.map saying "that's the first disk".  I
seem to recall that the device.map I had used previously didn't do the
obvious thing, and so I'm not disappointed in grub getting it wrong
(if that is the case).  However, the installer might want to give
hints to grub as to where to install; the installer might consider
that hdb was bootable and remains so and that hda was unbootable and
remains unchanged.

It is of course possible that the installer fux0red the installation
of grub.  I'm not sure how to test for that; if you want me to
investigate, let me know.

This is my installation media:

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-3-686
Locale: LANG=en_DK.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_DK.UTF-8 (charmap=ISO-8859-1) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_GB.ISO-8859-1)

installation-report depends on no packages.

Versions of packages installation-report recommends:
ii  pciutils                  1:2.2.4~pre4-1 Linux PCI Utilities
ii  reportbug                 3.31           reports bugs in the Debian distrib

-- no debconf information

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