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Bug#466052: installation-reports: GRUB installation failed

clone 466052 -1
reassign 466052 apt 0.7.10
severity 466052 critical
tags 466052 d-i

We received an installation report about a failure to install grub during a 
system install using Debian Installer.
The failure seems to be that the apt database is not updated correctly.

On Saturday 16 February 2008, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Comments/Problems:
> Everything goes fine untill it tries to install GRUB, at which point
> it gives an error message:
>  The 'grub' package failed to install in /target/. Without the GRUB
>  boot loader, the installation will not boot.

From the installation syslog:
Package grub is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package grub has no installation candidate

I have traced this back to the recently migrated version 0.7.10 of apt.
If I downgrade apt and apt-utils to 0.7.9 (and aptitude as well to satisfy 
dependencies) just before running the D-I component apt-setup, the 
installation succeeds.

I suspect the following change in apt 0.7.10 may be the cause, but that's 
only an (un)educated guess:
 * merged the apt--DoListUpdate branch, this provides a common interface
   for "apt-get update" like operations for the frontends and also provides
   hooks to run stuff in APT::Update::{Pre,Post}-Invoke

Please CC the debian-boot list for any follow-ups on this issue.


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