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Bug#633306: Install troubles with GPT partions (and other issues)

Package: installation-reports
Severity: important

Boot method: netinst CD
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/amd64/iso-cd/  from June 8th
Date: June 8th, 2011 / June 9th, 2011

Machine: Custome made AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1055T Processor
Filesystem    Type   1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3     ext3      961192    166388    745976  19% /
tmpfs        tmpfs        5120         4      5116   1% /lib/init/rw
tmpfs        tmpfs     7688360   1620968   5676840  23% /var/run/lock
tmpfs        tmpfs     2882592     71872   2664288   3% /tmp
udev         tmpfs     4059536         0   4059536   0% /dev
df: `/var/run/shm': No such file or directory
tmpfs        tmpfs     7688360   1620968   5676840  23% /var/run
/dev/sda2     ext2       91511     16880     69749  20% /boot
              ext3     5765236    142668   5329704   3% /home
              ext3     2882592     71872   2664288   3% /tmp
              ext3     7688360   3659432   3638376  51% /usr
              ext3     7688360   1620968   5676840  23% /var

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

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [E]
Install base system:    [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install tasks:          [O]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Overall install:        [E]

The machine has a 2 TB disk and is using GPT / EFI (as far as I understand)
I used expert install all the time.

The following problems appeared, please clone / reassign appropriately.

a) LVM tries to use the entire available disk (which is fine!) but then 
   suggests one logical volume to span the entire remaining physical volume
   (in my case /home). I could not find out how to change volume sizes. Since
   I wanted to install further logical volumes later (and do not need a 2 TB
   /home) I had to revert to manual partitioning (see b))
   Type: wishlist
   Description: Make size(s) of logical volumes configurable

b) Once guided partitioning is chosen, manual partitioning does no longer 
   work. The menu item is available, but returns to guided partitioning.
   I had to open a shell, run gparted, delete all partitions and reboot
   (into the installer) to actually manually partition.
   Type: normal
   Description: Either remove "manual partitioning" from the menu when
                guided partitioning was chosen *or* actually allow for
                manual partitioning after guided (the latter is preferred)

c) The boot partion (more on that in d)) gets the flag "boot". However,
   both grub installation within the installer *and* on the shell fail (both
   in MBR and in /dev/sda). Running
   set 1 bios_grub on
   within gparted (which cleared the flag "boot" at the same time) enabled 
   the grub install to be completed, both in the installer and on the console.
   Type: serious
   Description: For gpt, the flag has to be "bios_grub" *not* "boot"

d) Since I did a manual partitioning, I partitioned as I was used from other
   systems, putting /boot as the first partition. Using (c)) I "sucessfully"
   installed grub, but then after the reboot (see also e) for that) I could
   not boot; i.e. only "GRUB." was shown.
   Type: serious
   Description: If gpt partitioning is chosen, the first partition (10 MB) 
                must *not* have a file system on it. If a file system is
                grub installation must *not* succeed, neither in the installer
                nor on the console (probably a bug in grub-pc?). 
                The installer should probably warn if the first partition 
                contains a filesystem and/or is prepared for mounting.

e) There is no way to reboot in the installer. Chosing "Finishing install"
   finally ejects the CD-ROM, but then returns to the main installer screen,
   where no "reboot" is shown. This is even the case if the other problems
   listed above are solved and/or partially present.
   Type: important
   Description: The installer should either reboot autmatically or offer
                a menu entry for doing so (the former is preferred, probably
                after a warning)

f) After the system finally rebooted the keyboard is lost after X starts,
   both for kdm and for gdm. A mouse is currently (not yet) connected.
   In the grub prompt, the emergeny root shell and if kdm/gdm is stopped 
   (via login via ssh) the keyboard works. I will investigate next how
   to enable the keyboard.
   Type: important
   Description: After X (kdm/gdm3) is installed by the installer, the
                keyboard does not work (at least within kdm/gdm3).

If you need further infos/install logs do not hesitate to ask.

      Dr. Helge Kreutzmann                     debian@helgefjell.de
           Dipl.-Phys.                   http://www.helgefjell.de/debian.php
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