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Bug#470027: installation report

Geert Stappers wrote:
Op 10-03-2008 om 14:02 schreef Tom:
The point is that it assumes the FIRST <b>physical</b> hard drive and
that's not a safe assumption. When I enter the BIOS and change the boot
order, your installer should <i>respect the intent of the change</i>
and assume the current BOOT drive in the BIOS is the first hard drive,
regardless of which adapter happens to show up "first". Bypassing the
BIOS boot order renders BIOS boot order changes meaningless and is a
guarantee you'll trash a working MBR.

What you name "it assumes the FIRST physical disk" is in fact just a
list of visable physical disks with the cursor on the first disk
and waiting for a confirm.
If I understand what you are saying. Yes, that would be a more useful grub install option.
A list of all bootable drives and partitions with type of partition.

Like this:


I found 2 physical drives: SATA0=sda, SATA1=sdb
Your BIOS boot drive is SATA1:=sdb

Please choose a boot drive for grub install:

<drive sda> <ntfs, unknown>
*<drive sdb> <linux, linux-swap>*

<Back>            <Continue>



I found 2 physical drives: SATA0=sda, SATA1=sdb
BIOS boot drive is SATA1:=sdb

You chose to install the Grub bootloader to drive SATA1=sdb
With the following operating system options:

*Linux 2.6.22-3 amd-64 (sdb1)
Vista/Longhorn             (sda1)
Ubuntu 7.1 Gutsy         (sda3)

(*=Default boot drive)

<Back>               <Continue>*

Please understand that an installed Debian system only needs one bootable
device and it up to the BIOS to decide which from which device should be
booted first. There is NO need to mix those two functions.

Have I clearly described what I think is a possible bug issue?

All I know is that every time I run this installer I end up with an mbr on the wrong drive and it doesn't seem to matter what option I choose. Maybe it's specific to my system or maybe I misunderstand the options. I'm not sure. I'm experienced, if I misunderstand them, others will too.


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