Package: installation-reports Boot method: CD, with the command 'install'Image version: Netinst daily image http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso, version 20070211-2.iso md5sum: 045f122cd20090fca10772c72f61ab57 Date: 2007-02-12
Machine: Dell PowerEdge 1950 Dual Xeon CPUs, dual SATA hdd, no raid controller Partitions: System is configured with two identical disks in (software) RAID1 The first partition is /, is an ext3 partition. The remainder is an LVM volume, with is sliced up further # df -Tl Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/md0 ext3 482090 102625 354573 23% / tmpfs tmpfs 1038312 0 1038312 0% /lib/init/rw udev tmpfs 10240 92 10148 1% /dev tmpfs tmpfs 1038312 4 1038308 1% /dev/shm /dev/mapper/vg00-local ext3 2064208 68680 1890672 4% /local /dev/mapper/vg00-mysql ext3 10321208 154236 9642684 2% /srv/mysql /dev/mapper/vg00-svn ext3 154818540 192072 146762148 1% /srv/svn /dev/mapper/vg00-tmp ext3 1032088 36580 943080 4% /tmp /dev/mapper/vg00-usr ext3 6192704 1535244 4342888 27% /usr /dev/mapper/vg00-var ext3 4128448 299216 3619520 8% /var /dev/mapper/vg00-www--logs ext3 10321208 154244 9642676 2% /var/log/apache2 /dev/mapper/vg00-vhosts ext3 10321208 154236 9642684 2% /var/www/vhosts raw partition table: # sfdisk -l /dev/sda Disk /dev/sda: 30394 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0 Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System /dev/sda1 0+ 61 62- 497983+ fd Linux raid autodetect /dev/sda2 62 30393 30332 243641790 fd Linux raid autodetect /dev/sda3 0 - 0 0 0 Empty /dev/sda4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty same for /dev/sdb Base System Installation Checklist: [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it Initial boot: [o] Detect network card: [o] Configure network: [e] Detect CD: [o] 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: System has two ethernet interfaces. Same type of device, just different MACs. The installer consistently picked the "wrong" interface during installation - i.e. the one that was not plugged in. I tried a couple of i386 netinst installs, and one using the amd64 netinst. Behaviour was consistent in all these cases. I did try moving the ethernet cable to the other interface at the network configuration stage, and got link-up messages etc. I moved it back to complete the install because I was looking for further problems precipiated by this. This is likely the well-known problem with udev, and might be fixed by the udev rules described in debian bugs #403706 and #405775. I haven't tried this yet. I answered 'no' to the "use network mirror" during apt-setup-udeb. At the tasksel stage I selected "standard system" which added 9 packages. On one occasion there was a hang while these packages were being copied from the cdrom and installed. There was an error message from apt-setup/generators/50mirror, and while all the dialogs indicated all the packages were copied, it got stuck after or during the 6th. However I was unable to reproduce this. udev continues to give problems with disk renumbering; I would install to a disk detected as /dev/sdb and reboot and the disk would now be named/dev/sda. This needs to be documented in the release notes; its a significantly different behaviour from sarge.
I worked around this issue by putting the disks into an mdadm raid set;this uses uuids to identify disks unambigously for udev and I get to use reasonably short device names in /etc/fstab. I decided to use LVM to give me flexibility in resizing partitions after installation (and multiple partitions are a pain).
The installer's default choices for this were reasonable but I dislike having /boot as a separate partition; I would rather have all of / and put /usr, /var /home and so on in separate partitions. I followed (approximately) the paritioning and disk setup described by http://dev.jerryweb.org/raid/ - I changed my mind several times about the layout and redid it completely a number of times; partman soaked up the punishment admirably. The mdadm system for controlling the raid mirror also works well. After installation, I was able to fail a disk, remove it and hot-add it back with no problem. I was also able to boot the system if the second disk was unplugged. I could not boot with the first disk unplugged, this is a BIOS limitation. Looking good! -- Please make sure that the hardware-summary log file, and any other installation logs that you think would be useful are attached to this report. Please compress large files using gzip. Once you have filled out this report, mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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