etch install partitioner fails, no CD
I burned a Dec 10 weekly Etch 1 of 15 CD to try the installer.
Seems to work fine until we try the auto-partitioner.
I had already prepared my 6 GB test drive with ext3
on hda1 and swap on hda2. Autopartitioner blew that
away and replaced it with an LVM partition.
Then it reported failure.
I booted knoppix and prepared the drive again.
This time I said no to autopartition and it failed,
explaining there is nothing mounted as /target.
So I got a shell and made /target and mounted
Next it did not know where to look for install media.
Since there was no helpful message about where
the CD is supposed to appear, I installed the base
system and GRUB over the network. At every step,
the install menu wants to run that broken
After rebooting, the base install works, except
the apt-configure needs to be told the CD is
/dev/hdc. I notice /etc/fstab is unconfigured here.
During package selection, I have to repeatedly
mount the CD; apt is not doing it automatically.
Tasksel hangs and I give up on it. Apparently it
doesn't know what to do when the things behind it
fail. Apparently it traps signals so I have to kill
it from the shell. Will use apt-get as usual.
Don't give this release to a newbie, they'll be
frustrated and go back to Windoze.
This is about as generic a PC as you can find today.
P4, APIC, SiS chip set, ATA drives, one per cable.
Looks like hardware detection is hosed in the Dec 10
Etch snapshot, resulting in no /etc/fstab.
If I knew which package that was I'd file a bug.
Otherwise, the new base-config is a little nicer.