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Bug#508327: debian-installer: restart loop triggered if booting without "-- quiet"

Package: debian-installer
Version: 20081029
Severity: important

I've tried to install Debian GNU/Linux using the daily built image for
netinst/amd64 from 20081208,#2. I can reproduce the following test
case every time on my HP nw8440 laptop. I think you can imagine how
hard it was to read the messages at the console since it was
continuously switching from the text console (F1 or F4) to the
graphical console (F5) every 1-2 seconds displaying the following
crash messages.


Select "Graphical Install", press the TAB key and modify from:
  /install.amd/vmlinuz video=vesa;ywrap;mtrr vga=788
initrd=/install.amd/gtk/initrd.gz -- quiet
  /install.amd/vmlinuz video=vesa;ywrap;mtrr vga=788

and press ENTER.. loading ..
(just by deleting "quiet" but preserving "--" there was no crash)

On the first window "Choose language" just press "Continue" for the
default selection "English". This will create an infinite loop when
the graphical installer crashes and is trying to start!!

On terminal console #1 the crash message is:
(!) [ 1887:    0.000] --> Caught signal 6 (unknow origin) <--
(process:7596): INFO: kbd-mode: setting console mode to Unicode (UTF-8)

On terminal console #4 the repeating messages are:
debconf: Setting debconf/language to en
gtk-set-font: Switching to font 'DejaVu Sans' for 'en'
debconf: ** ** ERROR:
assertion failed: (0 < count)
main-menu[20244]: WARNING **: Configuring 'localechooser' failed with
error code 141. Scheduling for restart.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
 APT prefers testing
 APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-openvz-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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