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Bug#635336: debian-installer: USB install: fails to "mount CD"

Package: debian-installer
Severity: normal

(daily build from July 22)

First, the documentation for installing from USB is unclear whether you're
supposed to copy the contents of the CD to the FAT filesystem (ignoring
symlink problems), or just dump the .iso image to the root of the
filesystem.  I did both just to be sure.

Boot and initial steps of d-i go just fine.

However, it later fails at the "Detect and mount CD-ROM" stage.  The machine
happens to physically have one, it's just empty.  Trying to skip the stage
doesn't work.  Only manually doing: mount -tvfat /dev/sdb /cdrom will let
the installation to continue.

Pre-squeeze images in January did not have this problem.  The machine I
installed then did not physically have a CD or DVD drive at all though, so
this might be a factor.

(Just got to the DebConf, so I can't try to start d-i on the old machine.  I
do have the one that fails, so you can contact me in person.)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.39-2-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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