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Bug#507399: bug installation-reports

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r5/amd64/iso-cd/debian-40r5-amd64-netinst.iso
Date: 23/11/08

Machine: Dell poweredge 2950
Processor: Xeon quadcore
Memory: 4 GB
Partitions: 2.8 TB virtual disk from hardware raid: root 8 GB large, boot: 100 mb at the begin of the partition table

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn):

not available (the system was re-configured)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install tasks:          [O]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Overall install:        [ ]


The system detects de 2.8 TB 'disk' (hardware raid5) and partitions it with GPT/EFI system. All the process goes OK, but at the step of installing grub, it refuses to install (as there is no MBR structure on the disk). Lilo installs OK, but out of the box it is unable to boot large kernels (like the amd-xen kernel image from etch). Several workarounds, as trying to use grub-efi from etch-backports was unsuccesful. At last, the only 'simple and safe' solution was to re- install in a raid vdisk smaller than 2 TB, avoiding the MBR disk size limit.

As the info I looked for, I understand that the problem is about grub, but the installer shouldn't allow to install root/boot partition on a disk larger than 2 TB, or at least, showing a warning about the grub problem.

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