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Bug#538086: installation-reports: Installation works, but neither is user created nor a root password set


On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM, Otavio
Salvador<otavio@ossystems.com.br> wrote:
> Hello,
> On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 8:09 PM, Dinyar Rabady<dinyar.rabady@gmail.com> wrote:
>> The first problem I encountered while trying to install a system with an
>> encrypted LVM was that the USB stick was taken to be /dev/sda while the
>> harddisk was /dev/sdb. This changed at first boot when the usb stick was
>> unplugged.
>> This first problem could be fixed either by booting into a rescue system
>> and first changing grub's menu.lst to point to (hd0,0) instead of (hd1,0)
>> and then unpack the initrd.img file and change /conf/conf.d/cryptroot to
>> point to /dev/sda instead of /dev/sdb, or alternatively I pulled the USB
>> stick out right before detecting the harddisk. (priority=medium is helpfull
>> for timing here.) This seemed to have no negativ effects on the installation.
> This is not going to happen in new Debian Installer release for
> Squeeze since we're not using UUID to avoid those problems. Would be
> nice if you could check a current snapshot if it indeed works for you
> and tell us.

I have not tryed this yet due to time constraints, but I'll report
back as soon as I get round to it.

>> The second problem I encountered was that neither my user account was created
>> during installation nor was the root password set. This left the system fairly
>> unusable until I used a rescue system to mount my encrypted disk, added a user
>> to /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow (without a password) and subsequently added
>> this user to the sudoers group. In this way I could aquire root on my new
>> system.
> This is confusing; maybe your media was corrupted in some way since I
> don't remember of seeing this report and it is used in every
> installation. Could you try to reproduce it and report back to us?

I actually tried twice, though with the same installation media. I
don't have any plans to reinstall in the near future though (at least
not until the multi-arch stuff screws up my system again.. ;) ) so
sorry about that.

> Cheers,
> --
> Otavio Salvador                  O.S. Systems
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