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Bug#275481: marked as done (Sarg Installation problem report)

Your message dated Wed, 08 Sep 2010 03:57:42 +0000
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Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/pre-rc2/hd-media/boot.img.gz
md5sum boot.img sarge-i386-netinst.iso
f070f1ccd76a5b0fd9d630b6d2acb87b  boot.img
89f92484a517c82cc2a60f877b886df6  sarge-i386-netinst.iso

uname -a: Linux talla 2.6.8-1-386 #1 Mon Sept 13 23:29:55 EDT 2004 i686 GNU/Linux

Date: 05 october 2004 about midnight
Method: Boot with USB Flash with boot.img and sarge-i386-netinst.iso on it. Use SPB-Linux (http://www.8ung.at/spblinux/) boot sector and syslinux (2.10-1) unstable.

Machine: MSI K7N2 Motherboard
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 3200+
Memory: 1G 400MHz
Root Device: /dev/md0
Root Size/partition table:
(note: Swap is first to increse the speed)
/dev/hda1 1G
/dev/hda2 14.4G bootable
/dev/hdc1 1G
/dev/hdc2 14.4G bootable
/dev/md0 RAID1 of /dev/hda2 + /dev/hdc2
/dev/md1 RAID1 of /dev/hda1 + /dev/hdc1
/ ext3 on /dev/md0
/swap on /dev/md1

Output of lspci and lspci -n: Irrelevant, all cards work fine.

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

Initial boot worked:    [E]
Configure network HW:   [0]
Config network:         [0]
Detect CD:              [0]
Load installer modules: [0]
Detect hard drives:     [0]
Partition hard drives:  [0]
Create file systems:    [0]
Mount partitions:       [0]
Install base system:    [0]
Install boot loader:    [0]
Reboot:                 [E]


You can see the screenshot of the insall process on http://www.eclis.ch/~jcdr/sarge/index.php . The install is in French, but this don't hurt as the problem is in the boot process. This also explain why this report is certainly full of english error. Sorry for that.

There is in fact 3 problems:

1) The boot.img.gz supplied don't boot, just hang the machine. The BIOS correctly detect the bootsector on the first partition of the flash and read it (the led blinks a half second) and then nothing. I zeroed the first patition boot sector then write the SPB-Linux as the main boot sector and I get a syslinux error while booting. Then I reformat the partition, use the current syslinux from testing and add the other files from boot.img.gz and the sarge-i386-netinst.iso. So it boot and startup wonderfully. Conclusion: the USB boot image don't boot, but a modified one boot.

2) I choose to put the swap partion first on the disks because this greatly increase the speed of the access time and the bandwidth (see all hard disk review, the speed decrease as the data is near the end). So the main partition is the second one and I add the boot flag on the second partition of each disk of the RAID1. The installation go wonderfully, including the GRUB install, but when I reboot I got a "error 17: cannot mount selected partition". See http://www.eclis.ch/~jcdr/sarge/index.php?boot/grub/PA040075.JPG I have to correct the (hd0,0) to (hd0,1) to be able to boot. Of course I change the values into the /boot/grub/menu.lst and make a grub-install. Conclusion: the install process don't understand that the boot partitions are the second one of each disk of the RAID1.

3) Since I make a RAID1 installation, I try to disconnect each disk to test if I can still boot without one of the disk. All go well if I boot only with the first disk (/dev/hda in the install process), but boot failed with error "GRUB Hard Disk Error" if I boot only with the second disk (/dev/hdc in the install process). See http://www.eclis.ch/~jcdr/sarge/index.php?grub/PA040116.JPG I tryed several things based on finding on google, but almost all of them failed too. Many people claim that setup (hd0,1) + setup (hd1,1) work, but not for me. Finally I found this message http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-grub/2002-03/msg00047.html and this is the solution that work for me. Now I can boot with only one of the disks (and with to two of course). Conclusion: the GRUB configuration don't allow safe RAID1 operation. This problem involve maybe more that the installer to be resolved. GRUB obviously lack documentation about the RAID1 support.

There also is many success:

1) The support for Swiss French is excellent (this is a rare keyboard).

2) The RAID1 partitionning work well and allow very precise setup. I like it since it allway show clearely the state of the process. It's only annoying that it require 58 screens to make a basic RAID1 setup! But I agree that it's not easy to find a quicker way.

3) The package search and installation is a wonder dream. really I make absolute nothing but wait a few minutes. Impressive good job!

4) This is my first GRUB install and I did't know it before as I used LILO. I realise that GRUB is a good choice since it allow to adjust the boot parameters when it fail. If I have the same problem with LILO I will have to reboot the installer, but with GRUB I just edited a parameter. GRUB just need RAID1 support as LILO have with it raid-extra-boot option.

I am open to make a new set of test if someone notify me of a new version with fix on it. I use two old disk to test the install on what is normaly a NFS worksation so it can't trash my datas. I know many people interresting about installing a basic Debian Sarge web server with the same RAID1 setup. I think it make sense to solve the problemes I describs here.

Have a good day,
Jean-Christian de Rivaz

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We are closing this installation report for one of the following
- it was reported with a pre-lenny version of Debian
- indications in the installation report give the feeling that
  the reported problem waslying in another software, unrelated to
  D-I, which we can't easily identify.
- indications in the installation report suggest that it may have been
  fixed in a more recent version of a D-I component
- it was successful and we forgot closing it..:-)
- it has no information we consider useful

The D-I team is currently in the process of cleaning out the old spool
of installation reports that haven't bene processed yet. 

In case you think that the problem you reported has chances to be
still present, please reiterate your installation test with
a more recent image of D-I, if you're in position of doing this.

You'll find daily builds at
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer. We recommend you choose
the netboot image, in the "daily builds section", then choose to
install "squeeze" when prompted.

If some problems are found, please report them with a new bug sent
against installation-reports.

Many thanks for your understanding and your help improving Debian,
past and present.

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