Quoting Otavio Salvador (firstname.lastname@example.org): > Hello John, > > On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM, John Hunter <email@example.com> wrote: > > I was installing "squeeze" over an old version of Ubuntu which had users > > already set up in /home. I set up the root password but declined to create any > > [more] users. The install apparently finished OK and then I rebooted. Upon > > reboot, the system would not let me log in as root so that I could not manually > > set up /etc/password, /etc/shadow, /etc/group and /etc/sudoers. I then had to > > resort to using the CD in recovery mode to set up the users. > > >From your description it looks like you did not formated the partition > of data. Debian Installer cannot be installed (and it is not designed > to be used in this case) to install over an existent system. In case > you have a /home in a separated partition it can be reused but the > system _need_ to be installed into a fresh partition. Hmmm, still. John explained that he specifically did not create any user, so I fail to see how re-using the /home partition would create a problem: the installer should then not write there, should it? His use case is a fairly valid use case.
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