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Bug#834373: UEFI: Fails to install to blank drive

Hi Evan, and thanks for prodding about this...

On Sun, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:33:10PM -0500, Evan Cox wrote:
>Package: partman-efi
>As per #85 at
>https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bug/1418706 , I was
>asked to file this bug in Debian's bug tracker. The basic issue is that
>Ubuntu fails to install to a completely blank drive (e.g. a blank virtual
>hard disk) if installing in UEFI mode and you choose a custom partition
>layout. This bug is present in multiple Ubuntu releases, including 16.04
>LTS. Not sure which version of partman-efi this is, as I cannot actually
>install Ubuntu to check. To quote from the original report:
>"When doing a UEFI-mode install using the latest daily Vivid ISO (Thu Feb
>5), Ubiquity incorrectly concludes that a blank drive contains an existing
>BIOS-mode install (see error in attached screenshot).
>The resulting error dialog is also broken: none of the buttons do any thing
>when clicked: X (close button), "Go Back", "Continue".
>You can seemingly move the install forward by clicking "Continue" in the
>main installer window, but things are still broken somewhere as grub isn't
>getting correctly installed (system is unbootable after the install

I've just tested partman-efi right now in Debian using a blank target
drive, booting in UEFI from both DVD and from USB. I don't see any
issue myself.

How exactly did you test, please - what machine, boot media etc.? I'm
guessing this might be something caused by ubiquity, but it's not
something I've ever looked into myself as we don't use it in Debian.

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