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Bug#500206: marked as done ([installation-guide] "4.4.1. Copying the files the easy way" needs greater care to avoid data loss)

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has caused the Debian Bug report #500206,
regarding [installation-guide] "4.4.1. Copying the files the easy way" needs greater care to avoid data loss
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Package: installation-guide
Severity: normal
Tags: security

Section 4.4.1. Copying the files — the easy way contains:

You only have to extract it directly to your USB stick: 
# zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda

Sounds simple and easy, doesn't it? Granted, there's a bold Warning just 
Using this method will destroy anything already on the device. Make sure that 
you use the correct device name for your USB stick.

The fact that the device can be something else than /dev/sda is mentioned in 
the introduction of 4.4:
try to find out which SCSI device the USB stick has been mapped to (in this 
example /dev/sda is used)

This needs to be more clear. Users *need* to find out which device their USB 
stick is mapped to, and the fact that /dev/sda is only an example shouldn't 
be mentioned *in parentheses*. Also, the sentence introducing the command 
should be more like

"If and only if your USB stick is mapped to /dev/sda, you can extract 
boot.img.gz directly with the following command:"

I also suggest obscuring the command by replacing /dev/sda with a variable, 
say $DEVICE, so that the reader has to take the time to stop and read a bit. 
The device suggested could be /dev/sdb, so that a laptop user with 1 SATA 
hard drive won't lose his primary disk with that command.

Furthermore, since the warning starts with "Using this method will destroy 
anything already on the device.", one may think "Oh OK, that warning is just 
going to tell me to save the data on my USB key elsewhere, but I have nothing 
of value on the key, so let's skip the second sentence and run the command."
It should be clear from the first sentence, that running this may corrupt your 
primary hard drive.

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Source: installation-guide
Source-Version: 20081113

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
installation-guide, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-alpha_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-amd64_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-arm_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-hppa_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-i386_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-ia64_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-mips_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-mipsel_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-powerpc_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-s390_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide-sparc_20081113_all.deb
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide_20081113.dsc
  to pool/main/i/installation-guide/installation-guide_20081113.tar.gz

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 500206@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Frans Pop <fjp@debian.org> (supplier of updated installation-guide package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:15:38 +0100
Source: installation-guide
Binary: installation-guide-alpha installation-guide-amd64 installation-guide-arm installation-guide-hppa installation-guide-i386 installation-guide-ia64 installation-guide-mips installation-guide-mipsel installation-guide-powerpc installation-guide-s390 installation-guide-sparc
Architecture: source all
Version: 20081113
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Frans Pop <fjp@debian.org>
 installation-guide-alpha - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-amd64 - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-arm - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-hppa - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-i386 - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-ia64 - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-mips - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-mipsel - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-powerpc - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-s390 - Debian installation guide
 installation-guide-sparc - Debian installation guide
Closes: 275565 490287 493720 493845 500206 500283 501175 502773
 installation-guide (20081113) unstable; urgency=medium
   [ Martin Michlmayr ]
   * Remove everything about DECstation since these machines are
     no longer supported.
   * Provide information about all iop32x and orion5x installation media.
   * Describe Orion and Versatile as supported platforms.
   * Fix the NSLU2 download link.
   * Describe MIPS Malta.
   * Document netcfg/get_gateway=none
   [ Frans Pop ]
   * Update copyright to 2008.
   * Update description of country selection in line with recent changes in
   * Request output of lspci -knn in installation reports.
   * Apply patch from Frank Lichtenheld to improve netboot instructions for
     PowerPC. Closes: #275565.
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Comment out partman-auto/disk setting in preseed since lenny d-i will
     automatically work w/o it if there's just 1 disk. Closes: #490287
   * Document hw-detect/load_firmware. Closes: #493845
   [ Ryan Niebur ]
   * Added documentation for RAID 6 and 10.
   [ Jérémy Bobbio ]
   * Explicitly mention that preseeded keymaps must be known to d-i.
     Closes: #493720
   * Mention parman-md/device_remove_md in preseeding appendix.
   [ Frans Pop ]
   * Restructure supported hardware section.
   * Update of supported subarches/flavors for powerpc.
   * hardware-supported:
     - suppress m68k from arches table, unless building for m68k
     - show which subarches are supported by arm/armel
     - various minor updates and improvements
   * Remove section on X.Org preseeding as all descibed options are obsolete.
   * Document support in the installer for loading missing firmware.
   * Update partman preseeding: use Choices-C values instead of descriptions.
   * Correct short description of iso-scan. Closes: #501175.
   * PowerPC currently doesn't have hd-media images, so is not "bootable-usb".
   * There are no floppy images for i386 for Lenny; disable relevant sections.
   * Major rewrite of section about preparing a USB stick for booting the
     installer. Closes: #500206, #500283.
   * Update preconfiguration section for latest changes in the preseed udebs
     and clarify preseeding of language/country.
   * Remove duplicated text about using tasksel. Closes: #502773.
   * Update task sizes and nr. of packages per arch and current nr. of Debian
     Developers for Lenny.
   * (Re-)enable Catalan, Greek, Finnish, Japanese and Korean translations.
   * Disable Vietnamese translations as it is incomplete.
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