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Bug#621919: marked as done (GRUB fails to install when there is some GPT left over)

Your message dated Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:45:13 +0200
with message-id <201308301245.50219.holger@layer-acht.org>
and subject line dealing with old installation-reports
has caused the Debian Bug report #621919,
regarding GRUB fails to install when there is some GPT left over
to be marked as done.

This means that you claim that the problem has been dealt with.
If this is not the case it is now your responsibility to reopen the
Bug report if necessary, and/or fix the problem forthwith.

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Package: installation-reports
Severity: important
Tags: d-i squeeze

-- Package-specific info:

Boot method: network
Image version: 
Date: 20100408

Machine: Custom server

Disk /dev/sda: 243201 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

   Device Boot Start     End   #cyls    #blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1          0+ 243200  243201- 1953512001   fd  Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda2          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/sda3          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/sda4          0       -       0          0    0  Empty

and this until `sdn'.

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:  [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install tasks:          [O]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Overall install:        [ ]


I've tried to install Squeeze on a 14 disks RAID6 array with LVM on top of it.

GRUB failed to install.

After spending several hours with Vladimir Serbinenko on #grub, we managed
to discover that the problem lies in the fact that I created GPT tables on a
first try to install, and this on all disks. Then, in a second try to
install, I created a msdos partition table instead of the GPT ones.

But there was some leftover of the first GPT partition table, and this seems
to have been detected and used by Linux.

The easy fix would be to wipe out the first and last 256kb on each disk
before creating a partition table. This would wipe out any left over of
other partition table type.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.38-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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reassign 604033 debian-installer
severity 604033 wishlist
forcemerge 604033 699430
retitle 699430 debian-installer: support for Intel Matrix Raid (RST, imsm)
reassign 699293 pcmciautils-udeb


thank you for submitting installation reports, much appreciated.

I read through all the bugs mentioned here (and I'm sure they were read by 
several people at the time they were submitted) and am closing them now as/if
- they (finally) indicated success and/or
- I know from first hand experience that the functionality is working in 
Wheezy and/or
- they only contained very little information and/or
- they contained user errors and/or
- they were caused by broken hardware and/or
- they have been from a development phase where things were not stable and/or
- they are quite old (and thus likely fixed today) and/or
- moreinfo was asked and not given.

If I've closed a bug incorrectly please do reply (it's easy to reopen and I'll 
do if requested) or just file a new one - thats often better, as the bug log 
will be clearer and shorter and not contain cruft.


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