Bug#2341: Install problems
Package: Initial Installation.
I just finished reloading a spare system (twice) with Debian and I want to
relay a few problems that I noticed.
--> I intended to load up the current Debian 1.1 candidate, but what I
got from unstable/disks-i386/* was the 0.93 installation set.
--> I had lots of problems loading in the base floppies. In the middle
of the loading process, my system would hang. I have not had
problems with this hardware before, so I am going to blame it on
the floppy_merge program. Since floppy_merge ignores interrupts
and only one virtual console is available, each time the program
got stuck, I needed to reboot the system, cycling through multiple
floppies each time. When I restarted the load, more files would
be successfully loaded with each successive attempt (at least
three attempts per installation) until I managed to load in all
of the files. When I ran:
floppy_merge /dev/fd0 | gunzip | cpio --extract -v
manually, it seemed to be more successful than when I restarted
the load from the installation menu.
--> On both installation attempts, when I rebooted with the custom boot
disk, fsck found a corrupted file system (the one & only on that
machine) and automatically corrected it. Are we unmounting the
file system(s) when we reboot? Are we running sync?
--> The binfmt_elf module did not load when I rebooted from the custom
boot floppy. Further, it does not even exist on the newly loaded
system, so I can not go ahead with switching the system over to
the 1.1 suite of packages. (Perhaps this file was not completely
written to my newly created hard disk when I rebooted?) I could
build a boot floppy with elf enabled on my main system, but not
everyone has that option.
An attempt at an elf-only installation set.
A network installation option. If it can not be fit into the
existing set of disks, I would like to see a separate set which
provides this functionality. (Also, there are removable-media
SCSI drives. Perhaps we should allow for people to install from
them instead of from a floppy or CD-ROM.)
A second virtual console.
Floppy_merge should not ignore interrupts. If the interrupt
that it does not mask is not ^C, then the user should be
informed as to haw to break out of it.
Fix whatever is causing fsck to complain when the system is
booted for the first time.
David H. Silber firstname.lastname@example.org Project: Debian GNU/Linux (dbackup)
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