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Bug#737750: debian-installer: Netboot initrd does not download, ata-modules or sata-modules udebs

On Tue, 2014-11-18 at 12:25 +0000, Kieran Mansley wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:09:38 +0000 Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>
> wrote:
>  > I just tested it in KVM/QEMU.  It does download ata-modules.
>  >
>  > Are you using the current (7.4) netboot images?  If I remember rightly,
>  > old netboot images may stop working after a point release if you don't
>  > keep the corresponding udebs on a local mirror.
> I'm able to reproduce this problem on a variety of servers configured to
> use AHCI SATA controllers with the Debian 7.7 network install.  I've not
> dug into the exact cause of the problem but I can see that there is no
> AHCI module loaded by the network installer, "modprobe ahci" returns
> that such a module is not known, and dmesg gives no hint of the disks
> being discovered or probed.  As a result no hard disks are detected and
> the install can't proceed.  lspci does show the SATA controller as present.
> If I instead use a DVD image to boot the installer then everything is fine.
> I'm not sure what I can usefully do or provide to help debug this but
> happy to assist if I can.

As I recall, network installations of other Linux distributions at
Solarflare use an ISO image hosted on the local network and don't
require Internet access, and the test systems are strictly firewalled.

Is the test system allowed to make HTTP connections to the configured
Debian mirror?  Did you set the HTTP proxy correctly?


Ben Hutchings
Any smoothly functioning technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.

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