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Bug#600524: marked as done (system unbootable after installation using GPT)

Your message dated Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:34:36 +0200
with message-id <20170227193436.lt6jbbovu6fpucbm@localhost>
and subject line Closing squeeze-only bugs
has caused the Debian Bug report #507399,
regarding system unbootable after installation using GPT
to be marked as done.

This means that you claim that the problem has been dealt with.
If this is not the case it is now your responsibility to reopen the
Bug report if necessary, and/or fix the problem forthwith.

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507399: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=507399
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Package: installation-reports
Severity: normal
Tags: d-i

-- Package-specific info:

Boot method: USB stick
Image version:
both images are downloaded at 16 Oct 2010

Installation medium was prepared in following way
1. gunzip boot.img.gz and dd it in /dev/my_usb_stick
2. Mount and copy iso file

I'd like to point out that documentation about booting from
USB is very scarce and extensive googling is required. Also
when instaler complains that no iso are found it should suggest
to put iso on the flash drive. This move is highly non-obvious

Date: 17 Oct 2010

Machine: Intel D510MO MB (Atom CPU is built in) + WD20EARS (2TB)
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [O ]
Detect network card:    [O ]
Configure network:      [O ]
Detect CD:              [ ] There no CD drive
Load installer modules: [O ]
Detect hard drives:     [O ]
Partition hard drives:  [O ]
Install base system:    [O ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O ]
User/password setup:    [O ]
Install tasks:          [O ]
Install boot loader:    [E ]
Overall install:        [E ]


== Attempt 1. ==

Install goes without any problems. However after install computer
is unbootable it even doesn't come to GRUB menu, just says
"no bootable medium found". Still it's possible to boot from USB
stick in resque mode. When I try to reinstall GRUB it fails to do
so because of GPT

Here is error message
grub-installer: grub-setup: warn: This GPT partition label has no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible!

Some googling reveals following links:

* http://grub.enbug.org/BIOS_Boot_Partition
* https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/partman-base/+bug/506670
* https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/parted/+bug/107326

When GPT is used and it's silently used with 2TB+ disk GRUB require
small partition so I made another attempt to install debian.

== Attempt 2. ==

During install I created small (1MB) partition and marked is as
bios_grub. GRUB installs without any errors or warnings after that
but system is still unbootable. I can boot in resque mode from 
USB stick and run 'grub-install /dev/sda' in the shell or 
reinstall grub from menu no errors reported but system still
fail to boot


Please make sure that the hardware-summary log file, and any other
installation logs that you think would be useful are attached to this
report. Please compress large files using gzip.

Once you have filled out this report, mail it to submit@bugs.debian.org.

All information below is removed since it's irrelevant. I use
another box to file report. 

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Dear submitter,

these bug are tagged squeeze without any wheezy/jessie/stretch tag
implying that the bug is not present in more recent Debian releases.

squeeze is no longer supported.

We are sorry that we couldn't deal with your issue in squeeze.

If this bug was incorrectly tagged squeeze, please reopen the bug
and remove the squeeze tag.



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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