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Bug#929877: installation-reports: Buster installer hangs at hard disk step with arabic language

Package: installation-reports
Severity: serious
Justification: prevents from installing at all in arabic language


Cc-ing debian-l10n-arabic because they can perhaps look at the partman
translation files and check that there is nothing odd in the file (e.g.
odd ligatures or such odd thing that might disturb gtk).

While doing some tests, I noticed that when running the installer in
arabic language, the hard disk detection step hangs. To reproduce:

- dd < /dev/zero > blip bs=1M count=1 seek=10000
- kvm -cdrom /var/tmp/d-i/debian-buster-DI-rc1-amd64-netinst.iso -drive file=blip -m 2G
- Select the graphical installer
- Select the arabic language
- Select that you don't care that not everything is translated
- Select everything by default except typing non-empty passwords and
  user name

The partman packages get loaded but the installer remains stuck at the
attached screenshot. /var/log/syslog does not provide more information
than what we get when doing all the same in English. The ongoing
processes showing up in ps are

udpkg --configure --force-configure partman-base
/var/lib/dpkg/info/partman-base.postinst configure

Switching to VT4 to see the log then going back to VT5 shows a fully
gray screen, so I guess it's the gtk frontend which is somehow stuck due
to something in the arabic translation?

I tried today's weekly build, with the same result (the only difference
being that it doesn't warn that not everything is translated).


-- Package-specific info:

Boot method: CD
Image version: debian-buster-DI-rc1-amd64-netinst.iso

Machine: kvm

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


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.

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