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Bug#759737: debian-installer: Need preseed entry to select default grub device

Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org> (2014-11-18):
> Chris Kuehl <ckuehl@ocf.berkeley.edu> (2014-11-17):
> > Andrew's patch looks very reasonable to me, as it would allow sysadmins
> > to fully automate installs without further complicating the issues
> > raised in #712907 (which mostly affect interactive installs).
> > 
> > I've spent a few hours attempting to test the patch, but can't seem to
> > properly integrate my locally-built grub-installer udeb into a netboot
> > build (either via localudebs or by downloading and unpacking the udeb
> > manually from the installer shell). I strongly suspect my own
> > incompetence is to blame, though, and not the patch.
> > 
> > I might be missing something, but we can't seem to find any other way to
> > fully automate jessie installs via preseeding, like we could with
> > wheezy. (For context, our physical machines are split between using
> > /dev/sda and /dev/sde for the first hard drive, while VirtualBox uses
> > /dev/sda and KVM /dev/vda.)
> grub-installer is fetched from the network in most cases, so it's a bit
> hard to use a custom one. I tend to build a netinst CD with easy-build.sh
> (from debian-cd.git), which works fine… once you've got a debian-cd thing
> configured.
> > I wonder whether the severity of this bug should be raised to important?
> > I suspect that automating installs is an important feature for many
> > other d-i users, so I'm not sure wishlist is appropriate for this bug.
> > 
> > I'm going to continue attempting to test the patch, and report back if I
> > have any luck.
> The severity isn't really important; the fact I've added it to my list
> of things to keep an eye on, is. Thanks for the poke.

I've finally managed to allocate a few moments to look into it. The
patch seems reasonable to me as well, so I've pushed it (along with a
few typo fixes) to master, and uploaded a 1.103 package. I'll probably
have it hinted into testing shortly.


Thanks, Andrew!


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