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Bug#783982: marked as done (D-i: preseed from floppy no longer works !)

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regarding D-i: preseed from floppy no longer works !
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Package: debian-installer
Version: 20150422


in older versions of Debian (6.x and 7.x), I could load preseed script
from floppy, and it would work.

I had to change isolinux / bootloader with "preseed/file=/floppy/preseed.cfg":

label debian
  kernel /install.$arch/vmlinuz
  append initrd=/install.$arch/initrd.gz debian-installer/locale=en_US
keymap=us console-setup/layoutcode=us netcfg/choose_interface=auto
priority=critical preseed/file=/floppy/preseed.cfg --

Debian 8 returns me "Failed to retrieve the preconfiguration file"
error, with exactly the same setup.

I need this feature to enable unattended install of Debian 8 VM in
VirtualBox (vbox-unattended feature), where preseed script gets loaded
from virtual floppy.

Working with "debian-8.0.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso". Official Jessie 8.0
Debian installer.
Please fix "preseed/file=/floppy/preseed.cfg":

As a separate, but related question: is it possible to load preseed
script from 2nd CDROM ? (IDE Secondary Slave, or SATA 2nd CD...)
I tried "preseed/file=/cdrom2/preseed.cfg", but it didn't work.

Thanks in advance,
-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov", 01.May.2015.

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tag 783982 + wontfix
notfound 783982 20150422

On Sun, 3 May 2015 23:07:41 +0200 Geert Stappers <stappers@stappers.nl>
> On Sun, May 03, 2015 at 07:50:54AM +0300, Alexey Eromenko wrote:
> > I'd prefer not to introduce any new dependecies, for portability
> > reasons.
> cpio  is available on any *NIX system.
> Having the 'preseed.cfg' in the initrd means
> there is no need to mount a device (like a floppy or second CDROM)
> See https://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/NetbootFirmware
> for an example about adding to the cpio  initrd.
> > Would like to have floppy support back.

Sorry, that is simply too small a corner case for support. Floppy
support was removed for good reasons.


Neil Williams

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