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Bug#985832: installation report: netboot debian-installer kernel too old

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: network
Image version:
Date: 2021-03-11 ++

Machine: KVM
Processor: x86_64
Memory: 2 GB
Partitions: does not matter

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): does not matter

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:              [O]
Load installer modules: [E]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [ ]
User/password setup:    [ ]
Install tasks:          [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Overall install:        [ ]


Installing bullseye via network fails since the (directory named)
_current_ debian-installer at


is a kernel 5.9.0-4-amd64:

# file linux
linux: Linux kernel x86 boot executable bzImage, version 5.9.0-4-amd64
(debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) #1 SMP Debian 5.9.11-1 (2020-11-27),
RO-rootFS, swap_dev 0x5, Normal VGA

... which does not match the more recent kernel (modules) in


which rather fit kernel-image-5.10.0-3-amd64.

The installation fails after 'download-installer' succeeded:

"WARNNG **: no packages matching running kernel 5.9.0-4-amd64 in archive"

Since we use Foreman for automatic installation, this bug blocks testing
of debian bullseye in our environment. Is it possible to automatically
create the netboot installer whenever a new kernel is available? Thanks!

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