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Bug#465861: installation-reports

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD netinstall lenny
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso downloaded 2008:02:15 10:51 CET
Date: 2008:02:15 11:00 CET
Machine: Dell Latitude C810
Processor: Intel PIII 864 MHz
Memory: 256 MB
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>
df -Tl
Filesystem    Type   1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda4     ext3     9574584   3244412   5843808  36% /
tmpfs        tmpfs      128348         4    128344   1% /lib/init/rw
udev         tmpfs       10240       112     10128   2% /dev
tmpfs        tmpfs      128348         0    128348   0% /dev/shm

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 20.0 GB, 20003880960 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2432 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xfd478bc7

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1               1           4       32098+  de  Dell Utility
/dev/hda2   *           5        1099     8795587+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3            1100        1221      979965   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda4            1222        2432     9727357+  83  Linux

Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:

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

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
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:          [E]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Overall install:        [E]


The lenny installer seems generally working, and pretty friendly as well.
Unfortunately it fails on installing grub.
It just says it failed without any further elaboration, and I'm afraid this would be a final error for a non-expert user.

I also tried to install lilo and grub2, which also both fail.

So, I completed the installation without bootloader, and rebooted using the installer in rescue mode. I opened a shell with /dev/hda4 mounted as / .
I then
aptitude install grub
/usr/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda
Thus I got a bootable pc.
Thus, I suspect that something goes wrong with the installer running something like
/usr/sbin/grub-install --root-directory=/target /dev/...
but have no idea whether it is a misbehavior of grub or of the installer.

I booted into debian, and proceeded to select the tasks, thus correcting the other problem of the installer: it only proposes a list with the Standard System in the initial installation. Everything works fine then, without any need of extra tuning, including audio, xorg at the correct native screen resolution. Cute!
Keep up the good work! Best,

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