Bug#471501: More info, install in english
On Wednesday 19 March 2008, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Making the disk partitions manually is a bit tedious, because the
> GUI redraws the screen after each removed partition etc. At least on
> this machine it takes a bit of time to do these redraws, or whatever
> the instaler is doing.
Nothing much we can do about that. It's a known issue on slower systems. To
improve it someone will have to dive into the innards of cdebconf and newt.
> The Select and install software -screen confused me previously. I have
> now figured out, that the progress bar is not measuring the number of
> files thus far retrieved. Perhaps this could be made more obvious to
> the user (who is confused by the progress bar showing about 25% and
> all files are retrieved) by using two progress bars, one for the
> complete retrieve, unpack, install and configure phase, and other for
> the currently running subphace, i.e. retrieving files.
Your suggestion is not really possible. We depend on the standard progress
info provided by apt/aptitude for that.
> This second install seemed to go TILT when 774 files of 867 were
> retrieved. Nothing happened on the screen for about 15 minutes. I went
> and restarted apt-proxy. I don't know if apt-proxy was stuck,
> screensaver running on just movin the mouse woke installer up.
This time the syslog shows:
Mar 19 16:26:04 in-target: Failed to fetch
There's also a huge load of:
Mar 19 15:58:03 in-target: Err http://apt-proxy lenny/main synaptic 0.61+b1
Mar 19 15:58:03 in-target: Could not connect to apt-proxy:9999
(192.168.100.9). - connect (111 Connection refused)
We've had complaints about installs not working with apt-proxy before. Our
standpoint basically is that if there;s a problem, it's with apt-proxy and
not with D-I as all we do is run apt-get and aptitude.
> I could not find Synaptic in the menus after booting to the installed
See above: synaptic was one of the packages that failed to be retrieved.
> I do not know at what step postinst is run. I added set -x when
> "Finish the installation" scree showed.
It is run during "select and install software", which means you added it too
late (you basically added it when the installation was already completed).
A good time to add it would be e.g. during partitioning.
As this means that the debug info I was looking for is not in the syslog, I
still cannot tell why the installation does not fail.
> After the installation tasksel shows:
> * Desktop
> Web server
> * Print server
> DNS server
> File server
> * Mail server
> SQL database
> * Laptop
> manual .....
> This looks strange, I have screenshot to prove I chose Desktop and
> Standard system only [taskel_first_0.png].
That's normal if the packages required for those tasks get pulled in as
dependencies of other tasks.
> I used script to capture the aptitude run on console, file is
The uninstalls are a result of the software installation step failing (only
being partially completed).
I strongly suspect that the base cause of both installation failures is the
fact that you use apt-proxy and your proxy server fails halfway through the
install. I would still be interested to see the debug log for the software
selection step, but I think that your best option to get a successful
installation is to not use the apt-proxy server during the installation.
Thanks for the additional feedback.