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Bug#655304: 'exim4 failed' / libsasl2-modules-gssapi.. -> Can't bind to ldap server..

retitle 655304 Netinst CD silently continue to install broken system when there is no Internet connection

[Christian Maxen]
> If the network is left unconfigured during
> mainserver-only-installation (or network is manual configured but no
> cable is connected), there is no message that informs anything .. and
> with the first boot, the installation/admin runs into the 'error'
> Bug#655304 described.

Right.  I was able to reproduce this using the netinst CD, answering
'norwegian', 'norway', 'norway - latin1', then aborting the DHCP
configuration and setting some bogus manual IP configuration.  I
selected Main-Server only as the profile.  The installer continues
without any errors and one end up with a broken Main-Server.

Just to be clear and for future reference.  The netinst installation
_require_ Internet connection to work properly.  If you lack Internet
connection, you have to use the DVD to install.

> But, the work in there seams to be, to know where/how to initiate/put
> a message, to inform about, and handle a non-existing internet
> connection.

The natural place is in the debian-edu-profile script in the
debian-edu-profile-udeb package, where it already try to use the
Internet and know if it is working.

I'm not sure if this is a bug we want to fix for Squeeze, but we should
try to address it for Wheezy.
Happy hacking
Petter Reinholdtsen

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