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Bug#279126: marked as done (INSTALL REPORT)

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Package: installation-reports


 download date: oct 30 2004
uname -a: Linux wagner 2.6.8-1-686 #1 Thu Oct 7 03:15:25 EDT 2004 i686
Date: oct 31 2004
Method: Network install (PXEboot) with network preseed, install runs
through a local apt-proxy

Machine: Tulip Computers (1998)
Processor: Pentium II (233Mhz)
Memory: 128Mb
Root Device: IDE /dev/hdb
Root Size/partition table: installer default "single partition":
Disk /dev/hda: 6253 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors/track
Warning: The partition table looks like it was made
  for C/H/S=*/128/63 (instead of 6253/16/63).
For this listing I'll assume that geometry.
Units = cylinders of 4128768 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

   Device Boot Start     End   #cyls    #blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *      0+    780     781-   3148960+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
                end: (c,h,s) expected (780,127,63) found (779,127,63)
/dev/hda2          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/hda3          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/hda4          0       -       0          0    0  Empty

Disk /dev/hdb: 16383 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 516096 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

   Device Boot Start     End   #cyls    #blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdb1   *      0+  15643   15644-   7884544+  83  Linux
/dev/hdb2      15644   16382     739     372456    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdb3          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/hdb4          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/hdb5      15644+  16382     739-    372424+  82  Linux swap

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440LX/EX - 82443LX/EX Host bridge
(rev 03)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440LX/EX - 82443LX/EX AGP bridge (rev
0000:00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 01)
0000:00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 01)
0000:00:12.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738
(rev 10)
0000:00:13.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82544GC Gigabit Ethernet
Controller (Copper) (rev 02)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. ViRGE/GX2 (rev 04)
0000:00:00.0 0600: 8086:7180 (rev 03)
0000:00:01.0 0604: 8086:7181 (rev 03)
0000:00:07.0 0601: 8086:7110 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.1 0101: 8086:7111 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 0c03: 8086:7112 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 0680: 8086:7113 (rev 01)
0000:00:12.0 0401: 13f6:0111 (rev 10)
0000:00:13.0 0200: 8086:100c (rev 02)
0000:01:00.0 0300: 5333:8a10 (rev 04)

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

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


The laguagechooser cannot be preseeded because the language questions is
set to level "critical", hence installation always stops here.

I changed the questions level to high and it runs nicely:
--- languagechooser.orig        2004-10-31 22:18:45.000000000 +0100
+++ languagechooser     2004-10-30 23:09:16.000000000 +0200
@@ -27,7 +27,7 @@
   db_set debconf/language C

-db_input critical "languagechooser/language-name" || [ $? -eq 30 ]
+db_input high "languagechooser/language-name" || [ $? -eq 30 ]
 if db_go; then
     db_get "languagechooser/language-name"
     if test "$RET" ; then

There is one obstacle with network preseeding and that is that all
questions before network config cannot be preseeded. I have made an ugly
hack in the installer to apply some defaults to bypass questions.
I have put a script called S25setenv in /lib/debian-installer-startup.d :

if [ -e /etc/preload.cfg ]; then
  logger -t S25-setenv "Preload debconf variables."
  . /etc/preload.cfg

where /etc/preload.cfg contains:
debconf-set languagechooser/locale "en"
debconf-set languagechooser/language-name "English"
debconf-set debian-installer/locale string "en_US"
debconf-set debian-installer/fallbacklocale "en_US.UTF-8"
debconf-set debian-installer/language "en_US:en_GB:en"
debconf-set debian-installer/country "NL"
debconf-set debian-installer/consoledisplay "kbd=lat0-sun16(iso15)"

Now a fully unattended installation (zero key presses at the client
machine) is possible.

It would be nice to have better documentation of the debconf variables in
general and particulary the partitioning synax: i.e. howto set up raid,
lvm and multiple partitions through preseeding. Reading chapter 4.7 and
appendix C of the installation guide helps but leaves a lot of questions.

After installation instead of reboot the machine switches off. When it is
turned on again instllation continues correctly with base-config.
Again a lot of experimenting finally leaded to a working preseed file for
this part of the installation. Again better documentation could help a

During installation I still encounter a bug in handling the videocard
(which does not occur on manual installation): shortly after network
configuration the screen gets covered with black vertical lines and hence
unreadable. A switch to the second console and back solves the problem.

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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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