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Bug#689548: debian-installer: serial console glitches

Package: debian-installer
Version: 20121003
Severity: normal


i've set up a wheezy box for running virtual machines using libvirt,
QEMU/KVM, virt-install, etc.

i don't really like installing VMs using VGA-over-VNC, so i tried a
serial console installation, like this:

    virt-install \
        --name=mytestvm \
        --ram=1024 \
        --vcpus=1 \
        --cpu host \
        --disk pool=guest_images_lvm,size=32 \
        --network bridge=br0 \
        --graphics none \
        --location http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/dists/wheezy/main/installer-amd64/ \
        --extra-args="priority=low -- console=ttyS0,115200"

i ran this over ssh, running in an 80x25 xfce4-terminal, value of TERM
was "xterm", if that matters.  some things i noticed:

    * pressing "end" on my keyboard didn't go to the end of a list of
      menu items, but instead acted as if i had selected "go back" (that
      is, as soon as i pressed "end", the previous menu screen was

    * normally on a long menu screen you can scroll down by pressing the
      down arrow key.  this doesn't seem to work, and i couldn't manage
      to reach the (hidden) options on the "configure the package
      manager" screen where you can toggle sources.list entries for the
      security and volatile repositories.  i've attached a screen shot
      of my terminal to show what this looks like.

Robert Edmonds

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