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Bug#590568: marked as done (debian-installer: hd-media boot.img.gz's installer cannot find mini.iso)

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regarding debian-installer: hd-media boot.img.gz's installer cannot find mini.iso
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Package: debian-installer
Severity: normal


I've tried to follow instructions in http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/i386/ch04s03.html.en to create a bootable USB disk.

What I've done is reuse the files from : http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/installer-i386/current/images/hd-media/boot.img.gz and just use a basic syslinux config :
  default linux
  append initrd=initrd.gz
to get a bootable USB disk of maximum size that indeed will boot an installer.

However, whenever inside the installer, the netinst .iso file cannot be found when it searches the disks to find an installable iso image.

The iso is named mini.iso (just as downloaded from http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/) and sits inside the USB key's first (and only) VFAT partition (which mounts fine from /dev/sdb1 to /hd-media from a shell started inside the installer).

Is there a requirement on a special name for iso image files ?

Thanks in advance

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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anataka wrote:
> Then upon further inspection, I found out I've been using the wrong boot.img.gz
> all along, I only thought I had the one linked above but in fact I was using
> the i386 one. I had several web pages open and click one thinking i was in
> another.
> I started over and it worked.
> I fixed my own stupidity but still automated scan is nice but imho it could be
> useful to offer an option to manually enter the path to the iso.

I don't think that further complicating the installer with prompts for
paths that most users will not find it easy to manually figure out is
the right approach.

iso-scan already does a 2-pass scan, so unless the user has hidden away the
iso very deep on the disk, they can avoid having it recursively scan
deeply through all their drives.

Anyway, all this is deprecated by hybrid isos that can be written
directly to USB disks to make a bootable image, avoiding every single
pain point that users have encountered with the piggyback iso and
iso-scan. So I expect that iso-scan will soon only be used by users in
highly unusual situations (either users who need to boot the installer
from an existing partition with no removable media at all, or users who
cannot afford a dedicated cheap USB stick).

see shy jo

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