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Bug#752133: debian-cd: Use cpu autodetection by default on amd64-i386 CDs

Hi Vagrant!

On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 06:39:45PM -0700, Vagrant Cascadian wrote:
>Package: debian-cd
>Version: 3.1.15
>Severity: wishlist
>With a multi-arch CD containing both amd64 and i386, the default boot menu
>entry appears to install 32 bit, and the user has to explicitly select the 64
>bit installation option.
>Unless you first go to the help menu, and then "hit ENTER to boot:"...
>Then it autodetects weather you're running amd64 or i386, and runs the
>appropriate one. So most of the code is already there...
>Wouldn't it make more sense to default to autodetection, and allow the user to
>select 32 or 64 bit explicitly (maye even hidden away in an "Advanced"

Oh, bugger. We've explicitly enabled the auto-detect in the past. I
wasn't aware it had stopped working, to be honest. :-( Looks like
there's a bug that's crept in here.

>Is there concern that autodetection might fail too often to be worth it?
>I've seen hundreds of computers per year work just fine of a fairly random
>distribution in hardware at a computer recycling facility, and I cannot recall
>ifcpu64 failing me even once... that said it was mostly 3-7 year old
>I could dig a little deeper and possibly write a patch, if there wasn't
>opposition to the general idea...

Please, by all means!

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that
 English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on
 occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them
 unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."  -- James D. Nicoll

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