Re: Pre-bug-raising questions
On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM, Bastian Blank <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 11:52:59AM +0000, Mike Grice wrote:
>> I'm pleased to say that this gets further than ever before:
>> - it fails to detect the network device but i'm able to select the
>> correct one from a list.
>> - it fails to detect the disk device but i'm able to select the
>> correct one from a list.
> Hmm. Which list do you mean?
Ok. From a boot net:dhcp, the installer gives me:
Select a language: English
Choose Language: default
Detect Network Hardware:
"No Ethernet card was detected. If you know the name of the driver │
│ needed by your Ethernet card, you can select it from the list."
I'm then given a list of all the network drivers available. I can
scroll down to the 'sunvnet' driver, and the installer then carries on
I'm asked for a hostname and domain, which I provide. I select United
Kingdom as the Debian archive mirror. I select the default mirror for
that country 'ftp.uk.debian.org'. I provide HTTP proxy information,
which for my network is http://192.168.107.1:3128 (basic squid
The installer then 'loads additional components', which I think
happens over the network. It mentions contacting a time server. I'm
then on the 'detect disks' menu, which tells me:
" │ No disk drive was detected. If you know the name of the driver
│ by your disk drive, you can select it from the list."
I can scroll down to the 'sunvdc' driver, and the installer then
carries on as normal.
Those are the two menu things I referred to before.
BTW, if I choose guided partitioning, it will select ext2 by default
for the boot partition (I change this, but just thought you would like
to know as its a bit odd, maybe a legacy SILO hangover).
>> The problem I get now is that the
>> kernel the installer installs as part of the setup is the etch-n-half
>> kernel, which doesn't have the required drivers installed. So I'm
>> stuck at 'waiting for root filesystem...' until I drop to the initrd,
>> and I can't find the module to install.
> The daily installers defaults to installing unstable. However there is
> no etch'n'half-kernel in unstable. So you override that decision
Actually, I just checked this time from a clean install and its picked
the new kernel without prompting. As I was messing with the network
parameters the first time perhaps it defaulted to the older kernel?
Either way, that part is a non-issue now. I will provide the install
syslog (thanks for that idea FP) if you need it for diagnosis later...
>> This time, the debian-installer installs a better sounding kernel
>> (2.6.26-1-sparc64-smp), but I'm dumped to the initrd shell again.
>> Looking through the filesystem, the modules are definitely there and I
>> can insmod them and continue the install.
> Okay, so its a problem somewhere between udev and the kernel
Ok. Is this something I can fix myself without rebuilding the
installer? (e.g., can I preseed it)?
>> Is there anything I'm missing here? I can tell something is 'just a
>> bit missing' and I'd love to be able to raise a correct bug report for
>> this and get it squashed before Lenny.
> Add the modules to /etc/initramfs-tools/modules.
Is that something I need to put in the bug report as a fix for this issue?
Thanks for your help so far,