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Bug#372698: marked as done (Can't eject DVD with base-config)

Your message dated Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:32:12 +0100
with message-id <20081114193211.GL5764@mykerinos.kheops.frmug.org>
and subject line Scanning multiple CDs is now supported in D-I
has caused the Debian Bug report #372698,
regarding Can't eject DVD with base-config
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Package: base-config
Version: 2.53.10
Severity: minor

I start by downloading ISOs through BitTorrent containing Debian
GNU/Linux "Sarge" 3.1r2 on DVD. I download both DVD #1 and DVD #2 and
burn them onto new DVD-Rs.

I take those DVDs to a different computer. Specifically, a
slot-loading iMac G3
(http://support.apple.com/specs/imac/iMac_Slot_Loading.html). The
machine contains 768MB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. No other
operating system will exist on the machine.

I turn the computer on and insert the first DVD. It boots and I am in

I go through the process of selecting a language, performing hardware
configuration, and installing the base system. Everything performs as
it should and debian-installer then states it's time to restart into
my new Debian system. So, debian-installer ejects the first DVD I
inserted and the computer reboots into base-config.

I begin the process of using base-config. The hardware clock is set to
GMT.  The time zone is set to Pacific. The root password is set. A new
user is created.

It then prompts me for where I want to get the rest of Debian from. I
set the archive access method for apt to "CD-ROM" so that I can use my
newly burned DVDs. I insert DVD #1 and debian-installer leaves the
previously blue background for an all-black one saying:

Scanning CD, this will take a minute...

After completion, it states:

If you have another Debian CD (for example, the second CD in a two CD
set), you should insert it now. Scan another CD? (Yes/No)

Since I have the second DVD, I'd like that to be scanned as well.
However: I can't complete base-config beyond this point, and that's
where this bug report comes in: Most (but not all) "New World" Apple
hardware does not have a manual eject button on the CD/DVD drive. When
the hardware was designed, Apple intended the drives to be used
exclusively with the software-based eject method (such as the "eject"
command from the command line) so (while in base-config) there's no
way to remove the DVD I previously inserted and have it scan the DVD.
base-config only provides a "yes/no" option in the "Scan another CD?"
dialog box and there's no method of ejecting the DVD.

If I select "yes" in the "Scan another CD?" dialog box, the software
simply re-scans the same DVD that's still there (apparently not
realizing it's the same DVD it just scanned.)

The obvious work around for me is to set the method to "HTTP" instead
of "CD-ROM" while in the "Scan another CD?" dialog box, but not being
able to scan all of the DVDs does make base-config somewhat unusable
because I can't complete a CD or DVD-based installation.

I have several different suggestions on how to modify base-config to
work around the hardware design of Apple's machines:

1. Once base-config has finished scanning the DVD, automatically eject
it before displaying the "Scan another CD?" dialog box. (This is
similar to how the DVD is ejected after base-installer has finished
but before the first reboot when base-config takes over.)

2. Don't automatically eject the DVD after scanning, but do eject it
automatically if "yes" is selected in the "scan another CD?" dialog
box (indicating there's another disk to scan.) This is similar to how
the DVD is ejected after base-installer has run but before the first
reboot when base-config takes over.

3. Add a third option in the "Scan another CD?" dialog box to eject the DVD.

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