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Bug#681681: installation-reports: grub-install doesn't install grub to all drives in RAID5 array during install

Package: installation-reports
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,
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   * What led up to the situation?
I recently rebuilt my former home server as a test desktop machine using 3 x 500G SATA drives I had lying around. This required me to install a cheap PCI SATA controller to get enough SATA ports
to handle the drives. The DVD writer is an IDE unit.

I'd heard that it was possible to boot from a RAID5 array and I wanted to try that out. After a couple of days of trying to get the system to boot after the install, I realized the problem was that GRUB wasn't installed on all the drives and the system was trying to boot from a drive without
GRUB on it.

* What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or ineffective)? Using the NetInst CD to boot into rescue mode allowed me open a shell in the /dev/md/0
environment and grub-install to the other two drives.

   * What was the outcome of this action?
As expected, with grub installed on all three drives, I could boot into a RAID5 array.

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-- Package-specific info:

Boot method: CD
Image version: current NetInst for Wheezy as of July 14
Date: <Date and time of the install>

Machine: old ASUS Athlon 64 motherboard with an add-in SATA controller to give enough SATA ports for a RAID5 array
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>

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

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


I note that the installer doesn't give you the option to partition a RAID array, even though this is a legal and perfectly reasonable thing to do. Without this capability I have to set up the RAID array before starting the installer if I want a partitioned

Also, I'm submitting this report from my regular workstation, so I've removed
the non-relevant parts of the report that would normally be below.


Please make sure that the hardware-summary log file, and any other
installation logs that you think would be useful are attached to this
report. Please compress large files using gzip.

Once you have filled out this report, mail it to submit@bugs.debian.org.

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