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Re: Bits (Nybbles?) from the Vancouver release team meeting



On Monday 14 March 2005 22:59, Joey Hess wrote:
> We seem to have some serious problems with d-i on newer sun systems
> (such as sun blades). Keyboard doesn't work, CD may not work.

There is progress on the keyboard issue for SunBlade, though solving it 
completely take some doing as there are several issues interacting.

The best option currently seems to be installing at medium priority and 
choosing "no keyboard" as the default kernel keymap works fine.
If there are ppl with a non-US keyboard, they should choose an USB 
keyboard and pray their layout installs without errors.

FYI the following mail I received privately from Vincent McIntyre.

Cheers,


----------  Forwarded Message  ----------

Subject: Re: confirm: sb100 keyboard partial success
Date: Sunday 13 March 2005 22:32
From: Vincent.McIntyre@csiro.au
To: Frans Pop <aragorn@tiscali.nl>

> Please try selecting <go back> here and then the menu item for keyboard
> selection; you should get a menu showing different keyboard types.

this is what I get for the keyboard selection menu.

Select A Keyboard Layout
  Sun keyboard
  PC-style (AT or PS-2 connector) keyboard
  USB keyboard
  No keyboard to configure
[go back]

Sun Keyboard is highlighted.

> What happens if you select a usb-mac keyboard (instead of a SUN-type
> keyboard) and one of the keymaps shown there?

Choosing USB keyboard (there was no "usb-mac" option)
takes me to the "Select a keyboard layout" menu.

> Please try both US keymap, UK keymap _and_ one of the others (e.g.
> German).

US (American English)
 I get "installation step failed". The failing step was "Select a
 keyboard layout".

UK (British English)
 I get into the "detect cdrom" stage, which fails as usual.
 The keyboard is working ok.

DE ("German")
 I get into the "detect cdrom" stage, which fails as usual.
 The keyboard is working ok.
 At this stage I tried to select "open a shell"
 This worked, in contrast to the previous time.
  The keymap is not quite right: "/" is mapped to "-", "y" & "z"
  are swapped, "&" maps to "/", etc.
  This might be expected, given the "wrong" choice I made.

> What happens if you select an AT (PS/2) keymap?

Without rebooting, ie trying to switch from USB to AT/PS2, I get an
"installation step failed" message.

> What happens if you select "No keyboard"?

Again w/o rebooting, from the main menu I go into "select kb layout"
and choose "no keyboard to configure". I am taken back to the main menu.
The keyboard seems to be working still.

If I reboot, and do the "go back" step as at the top of this mail, then
choose "No keyboard to configure", I get taken directly to the "detect
and mount cdrom" step.
The keyboard works ok. Starting a shell, all the keys are mapped ok.

Poking in /var/log/syslog, I see some interesting things.
I've transcribed (and now my hands hurt) what happens when I choose
'no kbd' as described just above.

  debconf: setting debconf/language to en
  debconf: setting debconf/language to US_en:GB_en:en
  languagechooser: info: asking for language specific packages to be
installed.
  languagechooser: info: debian-installer/locale='en'
  languagechooser: info: debian-installer/fallbacklocale='en_US@euro'
  languagechooser: info: languagechooser/locale='en'
  languagechooser: info: debian-installer/language='en_US:en_GB:en'
  languagechooser: info: debian-installer/country='US'
  languagechooser: info:
debian-installer/consoledisplay='kbd=lat0-sun16(iso15)'
....snip....
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: Menu item 'countrychooser' selected
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure countrychooser status: 2
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure iso-3166-udeb status: 2
  countrychooser: info: LANGUAGECODE_LANGUAGECHOOSER = 'en'
  countrychooser: info: COUNTRYCODE_LANGUAGECHOOSER = 'US'
  countrychooser: info: LOCALE_LANGUAGECHOOSER = 'en'
  countrychooser: info: FALLBACKLOCALE = 'en_US@euro'
  countrychooser: info: set debian-installer/locale = 'en_AU'
  countrychooser: info: set debian-installer/language =
'en_AU:en_US:en_GB:en'
....
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: Menu item 'kbd-chooser' selected
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure kbd-chooser, status: 2
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libc6, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libdebconfclient0, status: 0
  main-menu(389): INFO: falling back to the package description for
libdebconfclient0-udeb
  main-menu(389): INFO: falling back to the package description for
libdebconfclient0-udeb
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libdebconfclient0-udeb, status: 2
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libc6, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libdebian-installer4, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: virtual package libdebian-installer4
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure console-keymaps, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: virtual package console-keymaps
  main-menu(389): INFO: falling back to the package description for
console-keymaps-usb
  main-menu(389): INFO: falling back to the package description for
console-keymaps-sun
  main-menu(389): INFO: falling back to the package description for
console-keymaps-usb
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure console-keymaps-usb, status: 2
  main-menu(389): INFO: falling back to the package description for
console-keymaps-sun
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure console-keymaps-sun, status: 2
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: setting debian-installer/serial-console to
 false kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: mounting usbdevfs to look for kbd
  kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: parsing /proc/bus/usb/devices
  kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: found usb keyboard: 0x438:0x5
  kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: non-Apple USB keyboard detected
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: keyboard type sun: present: unknown
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: keyboard type at: present: unknown
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: keyboard type usb: present: unknown
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: setting debian-installer/serial-console to
 false kbd-chooser(471): INFO: setting debian-installer/uml-console to
 false kbd-chooser(471): INFO: can't tell if kdb present: add no keybard
 option kbd-chooser(471): INFO: kbdchooser: GOBACK received: leaving
  main-menu(389): INFO: Menu item 'kbd-chooser' succeeded but requested
 to be left unconfigured
  main-menu(389): INFO: Modifying debconf priority from 'high' to
 'medium' debconf: setting debconf/priority to medium
...
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: Menu item 'kbd-chooser' selected
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure kbd-chooser, status: 4
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libc6, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libdebconfclient0, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: virtual package libdebconfclient0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure libdebian-installer4, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: virtual package libdebian-installer4
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: configure console-keymaps, status: 0
  main-menu(389): DEBUG: virtual package console-keymaps
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: setting debian-installer/serial-console to
 false kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: mounting usbdevfs to look for kbd
  kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: parsing /proc/bus/usb/devices
  kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: found usb keyboard: 0x438:0x5
  kbd-chooser(471): DEBUG: non-Apple USB keyboard detected
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: keyboard type sun: present: unknown
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: keyboard type at: present: unknown
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: keyboard type usb: present: unknown
  kbd-chooser(471): INFO: setting debian-installer/serial-console to
 false kbd-chooser(471): INFO: setting debian-installer/uml-console to
 false kbd-chooser(471): INFO: can't tell if kdb present: add no keybard
 option kbd-chooser(471): INFO: kbd-chooser: not setting keymap (kbd ==
 none selected)
  main-menu(389): INFO: Modifying debconf priority from 'medium' to
 'high' debconf: setting debconf/priority to high

> I suspect you are booting with the default 2.4 kernel, correct?

yes, I just hit <ret> at boot: prompt so I get 2.4.27.

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