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Bug#468451: marked as done (Installation Report for Testing that Failed.)

Your message dated Sat, 1 Mar 2008 04:05:44 +0100
with message-id <200803010405.44510.elendil@planet.nl>
and subject line Re: Bug#468451: Installation Report for Testing that Failed.
has caused the Debian Bug report #468451,
regarding Installation Report for Testing that Failed.
to be marked as done.

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Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso 2/27/08
Date: Feb 27 and 28, 2008

Machine: Custom from local retailer.
Processor: Pentium II – 450 Mhz.
Memory: 512 MB
Partitions: Full disk default options.

Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn: Install unsuccessful.

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: [E]
Install tasks: [E]
Install boot loader: [O]
Overall install: [E]


First attempt: Used expertgui. Network did not autoconfigure. Assigned IP address. Computer became unresponsive at apt-configure (scan mirror).

Second attempt: Used expertgui. Network configured automatically. apt-configure completed. Computer became unresponsive at Select and Install Software. Did not appear to start this step.

Third attempt: Used rescuegui. Network configured automatically. Select and Install Software completed. Installation appeared to finish. Booted up from hard disk. User name not accepted. Root password not accepted. Used Shadow file in User setup.

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(Please reply to the BR, not to me.)

On Friday 29 February 2008, Robert Stryk wrote:
> The network setup is complex.  The computer is connected to the basement
> router which connects to the upstairs router through a wireless link.
> The upstairs router is the DHCP server.  This allows me to have the old
> computers downstairs.  I suspect the wireless link is not always
> reliable.  The Installer did not allow much time for the DHCP assignment
> to happen.

It does allow you to retry though. In fact, that is the default option after 
an initial failure.

> The failures during network access appear to be due to a lack of a
> timeout while waiting for a reply.  There is no option offered by the
> Installer to the user.  Rebooting and trying again appears to be the
> only way out.  Discouraging.

Normally I'd expect a single step to fail and in most cases those steps can 
be repeated. However, I'd suggest fixing the cause instead of continuing to 
just retry.

If the timeouts are sufficient for normal installations over the Internet, 
even in countries where the internet is not all that reliable, then I would 
still say that the basic problem here is structural unreliability of your 
local network.

> Thank you for expanding the documentation on the 'rescue' command.
> Another sentence on the F4 page would be helpful.  I thought 'rescue'
> applied to aborted installations.  I have not found any other
> documentation.  I tried to do what I could with my limited
> (mis)understanding.

See the installation guide.

> During the 10 hour wait for network downloading I discovered that the
> application I am interested in, PRIME95, can be run under stable Debian
> Linux.  Perhaps the stable installation will be within my capabilities.

It's not structurally different from the Lenny installer.

I'm closing this report as I don't see anything here for us to fix.
Good luck with getting the system installed.


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