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Bug#415830: Partition sizes not sufficient on guided setup

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD Image
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso
Date: 21 Maart 2007 - 18:00 GMT+1

Machine: VMWare (5.5.3 build-34685) Virtual Machine

Processor: N/A
Memory: 256 Mb
alexander@test:~$ df -Tl
Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Avail Use% Mounted
/dev/sda1 ext3 2395540 2294364 0 100% /
tmpfs tmpfs 63512 0 63512 0% /lib/init/rw
udev tmpfs 10240 56 10184 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 63512 0 63512 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda6 ext3 5534416 142236 511048 3% /home

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot: [E]
Detect network card: [O]
Configure network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [E]
Install base system: [O]
Clock/timezone setup: [O]
User/password setup: [O]
Install tasks: [O]
Install boot loader: [O]
Overall install: [E]


Yesterday I wanted a quick try of Etch, so I created a VMWare machine. On the installer I choose to use guided partitioning, a separate home partition and let the installer automatically setup the partition layout on my 8,6Gb HDD. A few steps later in the installation process, I choose to install only the Desktop Environment & Base System. There was no error or warning during the installation whatsoever.
However, on the first boot when GDM loaded and I provided my user details to start Gnome, an error message that stated that my gnome session had crashed popped up. Switching to console provided me with a quite conclusive reason why this happened, 0% free space on my root partition. Obviously I'd manually enter (and double-check) my partition layout on a production system, but many users aren't comfortable with manually editing partition tables.
I don't think the installer should allow this situation to happen, or should at least provide a warning that the partition layout doesn't provide enough space for the current package installation options.

With kind regards,

Alexander van der Mey

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