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Bug#473364: installation-report: some install glitches (grub2, tasksel, serial mouse)

On Thu, 2008-04-03 at 15:12 -0400, Joey Hess wrote:

> Paul Wise wrote:
> > The /etc/grub.d/30_otheros that was generated did not allow me to boot
> > Windows. Simply changing (hd0,0) to (hd0,1) fixed this. Looks like grub2
> > uses 1-based partition indexes instead of 0-based ones like grub1 did.
> AFAIK we're still not installing grub2 by default, are we?

Indeed, it was a specific choice I made while running d-i IIRC.

> I see that you've already filed #473401 on grub-installer about this.

Yes, nyu encouraged me to do so after I mentioned it to him on IRC when
we were talking about the latest nsis and coLinux and Win32-related d-i

> > Despite choosing the desktop task in the tasksel section and a gnome
> > desktop in debian.exe, I didn't get a desktop login manager installed
> > and a graphical login started up. Looking at the tasks in aptitude seems
> > to show that gdm is only present in the Xfce desktop environment task.
> The gnome desktop task contains gnome-desktop-environment, which depends
> on gdm. Without gnome-desktop-environment, you shouldn't have gnome at
> all. So I don't understand what you're saying.

Looks like I didn't get the gnome desktop task installed.

I re-ran the installation, taking notes on what I clicked/chose and this
time I did get gdm/gde installed. I guess last time I didn't choose the
desktop environment task, thought I did though. I guess this was
probably PEBCAK rather than anything else.

There are some other minor issues below though:

save debian.exe
run debian.exe
english language
I agree to GPL (debian-installer loader 0.6.4)
expert mode
install debian
graphical installer
daily build
don't care about known issues
gnome desktop environment
keyboard type is us
no proxy
boot.ini location: C:\boot.ini
base url: http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/daily/netboot/gtk/debian-installer/i386
linux command line: video=vesa:ywrap,mtrr vga=788 priority=low
OK (read the warning about rebooting)
Yes, reboot!
choose Debian Installer at the Windows XP boot menu
wait for grub2 (seems slower than grub1)
g-i comes up with the d-i main menu - choose language ....
hmm, no mouse, lets continue with keyboard
choose en_AU as an additional language - seems that en_AU.iso88591 got preseeded from debian.exe?
pc-style keyboard
don't start pcmcia
use eth0
use dhcp
hostname morrison (windows computer > doors > the doors > jim morrison > morrison)
empty domain name
mirror ftp.uwa.edu.au
debian version: unstable 
add ntfs modules component (mouse config seems absent)
use ntp for clock
default ntp server
load usb-storage
don't start pcmcia
manual partitioning
format old Debian install and use ext3, mount point /
use existing swap partition
write changes to disks
install the base system
wait for a while
default kernel (linux-image-2.6-k7 - isn't k7 depreciated or a dummy package?)
default initramfs-tools
shadow passwords
allow root login
don't create user account
don't use non-free/contrib
participate in popcon
choose desktop environment and standard system tasks
switch to console 4 to see what is getting downloaded - network is slow enough for this to work (yay Australia)
ooh, selinux
aha, gdm, gnome-desktop-environment!
install grub2 instead of grub legacy
clock isn't UTC
see debconf segfault on console just before the reboot happens
get to nice blue grub2 splash - shouldn't the bootloader and d-i use consistent themes?
notice windows is at the bottom and that it uses (hd0,0) instead of (hd0,1)
boot debian
hmm, no splashy
gdm comes up - again theme consistency would be good
hmm, root is not allowed to login (and I didn't create a user), I guess that is good
hmm, serial mouse doesn't work
fix gdm.conf from a VC
login as root
again the blue theme, perhaps d-i needs changing to use blue instead of read?
notice some dummy/transitional packages installed
   -> mailx and netcat are not marked as autoinstalled, I guess tasksel installed those?

> > Thirdly my mouse is a serial mouse and there didn't seem to be any
> > obvious way to use it. The computer has a PS2 mouse port, but I don't
> > have a PS2 mouse for this computer. It is on /dev/ttyS1 rather than S0
> > due to the positions of cables, usb sockets and stuff.
> Detecting serial mice tends to do bad things to serial UPSes and AFAIK
> debian has never auto-detected them. You will need to manually configure X

Very understandable. This is about the graphical installer rather than
Xorg. I couldn't see any obvious way to configure d-i to use my serial
mouse, nor any way to find out what mouse it was currently using. I'd
also expect that if d-i could be configured to use a serial mouse, it
would pre-seed Xorg to use it too, unfortunately the debconf questions
about mice seem to have been removed from the Xorg setup, so I had to
manually mess with /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Probably isn't worth supporting
serial mice though, since the keyboard works, but perhaps the mouse
cursor should be disabled when no working mouse is available.



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