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Re: [stable, D-I] Kernel selection broken for some architectures

On Thu, Mar 01, 2007 at 04:11:30PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
>Unfortunately we seem to have missed a change that was needed because of 
>the ABI change in 3.1r3. We have not noticed this until now because the 
>old kernels were still included in the archive and on CD images. With 
>3.1r5 the old images were removed which brought the issue to the surface.
>The result of this is that for some architectures (i386, hppa, ia64, s390) 
>an incorrect kernel may be selected during base installation.
>See also: #412295, #412909.
>The changes should have been made in some default values included in the 
>rootskel udeb. Updating the rootskel udeb now would mean that we would 
>need to rebuild D-I images, which is obviously not very desirable.
>Fortunately an alternative solution is possible: correcting the default 
>after it has been read from the debconf database.
>I have implemented this solution in base-installer (1.13.4sarge2) and 
>uploaded that new version to stable. As base-installer is not included in 
>D-I initrds for the affected architectures, this means we "only" need to 
>include this new version in stable and rebuild CD images.
>I understand that a 3.1r5a was already being considered, so this fix could 
>be included in that update.
>For the mean time I have added an erratum item in the appropriate places 
>on the website (will be visible after next website rebuild):
>- http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/debian-installer/
>- http://www.debian.org/CD/releases/

It might be useful to also add the same information in a HEADER.html
directly on cdimage too.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"I can't ever sleep on planes ... call it irrational if you like, but I'm
 afraid I'll miss my stop" -- Vivek Dasmohapatra

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