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Bug#510666: Installer run from USB stick should prefer iso image on stick over one on hard drive

On Jan 4, 2009, at 2:45 AM, Christian Perrier wrote:

reassign 510666 iso-scan

Quoting Aenoch Lynn (aenoch_lynn@yahoo.com):

I wanted to try the USB install of lenny, so from a working lenny
installation on my machine (which I intended to overwrite) I put the
installer on a 2 GB USB thumb drive using:


and then downloaded debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso onto my hard drive
and then copied it onto on the same partition on the USB drive.

Booting the installer went fine, but instead of finding the iso image on the USB drive, the installer found the iso image on the hard drive and mounted it. I was unable to wipe the root partition, /dev/hda1, as the installer refused saying the device was in use (or something similar). I
had to boot back into the old system, remove the iso image from the
drive, and boot back into the USB installer. After this the installer
ran without problems.

I recommend the installer prefer to use an iso image on the same device
from which the installer itself is running.

I'm not entirely sure that the installer has an easy way to "know"
what device it is run from once it is booted.

Still, reassigning this bug report to the right D-I package. Thanks
for your suggestion.

If the installer has a choice of .iso images, shouldn't it ask which one(s) to use? (Obviously, this choice should be pre-seed-able...)


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