On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 08:59:36AM -0800, Andrew Sackville-West wrote: > yes, that's normal (at least in my experience, it's been a while since > I used it). There are no locales set up on the new system yet... Yes, it went away after dpkg-reconfigure locales. > > to upgrade many packages -- I mean, all packages had come fresh off the same > > server minutes ago. > > That's interesting. What target did you install? you can specify what > version to install. Perhaps you installed an older version than what > was subsequently specified in sources.list? Not sure how so. On the "master" PC (sarge) I had just done an update-upgrade, then debootstrapped sarge onto the USB disk, then chrooted. Puzzling, but doesn't really matter. > yeah. debootstrap is architecture independent, so you have to install > a kernel and bootloader. Yes, I figured that. But it ain't easy. There's simply no way I can think of to make grub install itself on that disk. I have no idea which (hdx,y) to use. /dev/sda is flatly refused as it is not a "BIOS" disk. Why can't grub simply install itself on /dev/sda if I tell it to? Can't grub list all disk partitions in its funny notation so that I can see which one to use? All the time of course I'm in imminent danger of hosing the bootloader on my built-in disk. Anyway, I'm really stumped on the bootloader issue now. Do I have to go back to LILO? Don't really want to because all those bootloading issues seem extremely fishy to me (because I don't understand them), and I don't want to have to mess with different bootloaders. I couldn't find anything in the grub docs that explains how to properly specify a target device. The blind guessing approach I've used so far has usually resulted in a working grub on a built-in IDE disk after two or three attempts. --D.
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