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Bug#653576: marked as done (base-installer: When a device needs a non-free package, the displayed message isn't very user-friendly)



Your message dated Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:07:40 -0400
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and subject line Re: Bug#653576: base-installer: When a device needs a non-free package, the displayed message isn't very user-friendly
has caused the Debian Bug report #653576,
regarding base-installer: When a device needs a non-free package, the displayed message isn't very user-friendly
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Package: base-installer
Severity: wishlist

When a device needs a non-free package, there is a message saying something like "some devices may need additonnal modules,so put them in now". We can think that this is a generic pop-up and skip it. It should specify the device name and missing module(it can be done, since the information is right in the console log).

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.2
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
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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Stéphane Ascoët wrote:
> When a device needs a non-free package, there is a message saying
> something like "some devices may need additonnal modules,so put them
> in now". We can think that this is a generic pop-up and skip it. It
> should specify the device name and missing module(it can be done,
> since the information is right in the console log).

I suppose that you're referring to hw-detect/load_media
    Load missing drivers from removable media?
and not to hw-detect/load_firmware
    Load missing firmware from removable media?
    The missing firmware files are: ${FILES}

hw-detect/load_media is only ever displayed when:

* No hard disk could be detected at all.
* No network device could be detected at all.

In these cases, the installer is grasping at straws. Possibly a non-free
kernel driver could be used, but there's no master list of such drivers,
all it can do at this point is to prompt for a driver, which would
in theory be provided by a hardware manufacturer. So the
hw-detect/load_firmware prompt cannot possibly tell you what the right
driver would be.

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