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Re: Further to my installation error

On Saturday 19 March 2016 01:27:33 David Wright wrote:
> On Fri 18 Mar 2016 at 22:21:58 (+0000), Lisi Reisz wrote:
> > On Friday 18 March 2016 20:49:55 David Wright wrote:
> > > It's far more likely that you forgot to format the partition, if
> > > that's indeed what you wanted to do.
> >
> > No.  I checked and double checked that the partitions on the disk which I
> > wanted to use for installation were all marked with the F for format, and
> > that nothing on the disk it had been told to leave alone had an F.  It
> > kept wanting to format the spare disk's swap, which I did not want.  So
> > whilst I certainly do not think that it did format properly, it was
> > clearly, explicitly and repeatedly (all three times) asked to do so.
> >
> > Since it was clearly important that the partitions should be reformatted,
> > it would have been remarkably stupid of me to have omitted to do so.  On
> > what basis are you accusing me of having forgotten?  That this particular
> > problem has not hit you?  No, it has not hit me before.
> Um, the quotation "It's far...to do." above was written in response
> to two paragraphs by Adam Wilson "Is it possible...if you will.", and
> had nothing to do with you or your problem/situation at all. The "you"
> in "you forgot" is Adam. So I won't comment further on what you've just
> written above.
> So why did I write "I can't see why Lisi came to that conclusion from
> what she reported here." Because I read the OP which AFAICT talked
> about corrupt files, checksums, and old firmware. Your next post said
> the crisis was over. Your next post (new thread) mentioned a download
> problem. The next post said you had the same problem as before.
> At this point, you also mentioned repartitioning, reformatting and
> wiping a disk thoroughly.
> In the last post (which I commented on when the second paragraph was
> quoted in Adam Wilson's post) you said that trying to use CD1 to do a
> net install made you realise that "if you want to format an existing
> partition properly, so the stuff on it actually goes, use Gparted not
> the partitioner in the Jessie installer."
> Maybe I'm thick, but I can't see why the Debian installer's performance
> at re-partition/format/wipe would cause the reported download
> problems, checksum failures, corrupt files and old firmware.

No, of course not.  But continuing to use the original files, from the 
original failed installation, because they were still there, might, might it 
not??  I am open to suggestions.

> Sorry. 
> I'm no great fan of the d-i partitioner, but I haven't had it fail to
> do what it promised.

Previously nor have I.  But, after the first time, it did not appear to be 
formatting anything, and in the end the disk did not appear to be formatted.  
Note appear.  And it was by then very late and I was tired, and am not beyond 
making mistakes of interpretation at the best of times.  For whatever reason, 
when I formatted with GParted, something appeared to be happening, and the 
result appeared to be successful.

> (Not that I understand precisely the term "wipe".) 

Sorry.  It is not a precise term.  Reformat thoroughly I suppose I meant.  

I am about to install again on another computer.  Unfortunately, I can't reuse 
the original CD because I destroyed it when I thought it was faulty.  I would 
have liked to reuse it to see what happened!


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