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Bug#712907: grub-installer: No longer installs automatically on a normal machine with one hard drive

On Sat, 2014-08-30 at 21:00 +0100, Steven Chamberlain wrote:
> tags 712907 + help
> thanks
> Hi,
> On 20/06/13 18:56, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> > The change introduced in version 1.86 added a new question in Debian
> > Installer, causing the installation to hang at the end asking where to
> > install grub.
> This dialog is really not accessible to a normal person.
> In wheezy ISTR a multiple-choice dialog listing the detected devices or
> partitions on the system?  (Or maybe I'm thinking of `dpkg-reconfigure
> -plow grub-pc`).  Could we not have something more closely resembling that?
> At the very least, there should be a best-guess default value to blindly
> hit 'enter' to.  I know we struggled to get that right before, but let
> me explain why I think this dialog is no better:
> The instructions in the dialog are plain wrong in some cases:
> /dev/sda is not always the name of the first hard drive.  Some
> virtualised block devices have other names;  perhaps some RAID drivers
> still use other names such as /dev/ciss/ /dev/ida/?  And FWIW
> GNU/kFreeBSD has /dev/da0, /dev/ada0 or other naming for disk drives.

Right.  We don't use the block device names in the configuration of the
installed system and we shouldn't use them here (not primarily, anyway).

Under Linux, we should ask udev for the model name (and maybe serial
number) and show this as well as the device name.  I expect there is
some similar facility under kFreeBSD but I don't know what it is.


Ben Hutchings
Q.  Which is the greater problem in the world today, ignorance or apathy?
A.  I don't know and I couldn't care less.

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