Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100 - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100 - Debian ; Package: installation-reports Severity: normal -- Package-specific info: Boot method: network Image version: http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/...op32x/netboot/ -- June 28 2008 Date: June 28, 2008 Machine: Thecus N2100 Partitions: Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders Units = cylinders ...

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  1. Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100

    Package: installation-reports
    Severity: normal

    -- Package-specific info:

    Boot method: network
    Image version: http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/...op32x/netboot/ -- June 28 2008
    Date: June 28, 2008

    Machine: Thecus N2100
    Partitions:

    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000c6e0b

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 973 7815591 fd Linux raid autodetect
    /dev/sda2 974 1216 1951897+ fd Linux raid autodetect
    /dev/sda3 1217 19457 146520832+ fd Linux raid autodetect
    allegri:~# fdisk -l /dev/sdb

    Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0006c723

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 973 7815591 fd Linux raid autodetect
    /dev/sdb2 974 1216 1951897+ fd Linux raid autodetect
    /dev/sdb3 1217 19457 146520832+ fd Linux raid autodetect

    allegri:~# df -Tl
    Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/md0 ext3 7692776 636852 6665152 9% /
    tmpfs tmpfs 258508 0 258508 0% /lib/init/rw
    udev tmpfs 10240 76 10164 1% /dev
    tmpfs tmpfs 258508 0 258508 0% /dev/shm
    /dev/md2 ext3 144221560 192132 136703392 1% /srv

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

    Comments/Problems:
    One small issue. The installation is preseeded from the old environment on
    flash, that is the configuration in the config partition of the original
    thecus firmware. This makes sense for the initial install, but less so when
    doing a reinstallation. In this case the old firmware was installed with a
    static ip, which didn't make any sense at all in the network i was installing
    in.

    The big issue was that i couldn't configure a custom mirror or even select a
    country mirror. After some debugging it turned out that the newt frontend
    immediately returned backup instead of actually showing the UI bits. The
    relevant debconf debugging output is:

    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GET mirror/country
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 manual
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/hostname
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/directory
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GO
    Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 30 backup

    Using the text frontend instead of the newt frontend let me finish the
    installation just fine.

    Sjoerd



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  2. Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100

    * Sjoerd Simons [2008-06-28 22:19]:
    > One small issue. The installation is preseeded from the old
    > environment on flash, that is the configuration in the config
    > partition of the original thecus firmware. This makes sense for the
    > initial install, but less so when doing a reinstallation. In this
    > case the old firmware was installed with a static ip, which didn't
    > make any sense at all in the network i was installing in.


    I'm not sure what to do about this, though. While the current rules
    may not work for everything, at least they are pretty simple to
    understand (i.e. the configuration is read from flash). I guess I
    could try to take the configuration from disk if there's one, but I'm
    a bit worried that this would just confuse users (will it take the
    config from disk? from flash?)

    I don't think people re-install often enough to put much time into
    supporting this scenario better. People should simply flash the
    original Thecus firmware (as documented) and then, from there, flash
    Debian again.

    However, I'd be interested to hear your comments. Maybe you have some
    good ideas how the situation could be handled.

    > The big issue was that i couldn't configure a custom mirror or even select a
    > country mirror. After some debugging it turned out that the newt frontend
    > immediately returned backup instead of actually showing the UI bits. The
    > relevant debconf debugging output is:


    I don't know anything about the debconf frontends, so someone else
    will have to comment.

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  3. Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100

    * Martin Michlmayr [2008-06-30 09:33]:
    > * Sjoerd Simons [2008-06-28 22:19]:
    > > One small issue. The installation is preseeded from the old
    > > environment on flash, that is the configuration in the config
    > > partition of the original thecus firmware. This makes sense for the
    > > initial install, but less so when doing a reinstallation. In this
    > > case the old firmware was installed with a static ip, which didn't
    > > make any sense at all in the network i was installing in.

    >
    > I'm not sure what to do about this, though. While the current rules
    > may not work for everything, at least they are pretty simple to
    > understand (i.e. the configuration is read from flash). I guess I
    > could try to take the configuration from disk if there's one, but I'm
    > a bit worried that this would just confuse users (will it take the
    > config from disk? from flash?)
    >
    > I don't think people re-install often enough to put much time into
    > supporting this scenario better. People should simply flash the
    > original Thecus firmware (as documented) and then, from there, flash
    > Debian again.
    >
    > However, I'd be interested to hear your comments. Maybe you have some
    > good ideas how the situation could be handled.


    Sjoerd, do you have any comments? I don't see how this could be
    handled in a better way and I don't think many users will run into
    this problem, so I don't intend to do anything about it... however,
    maybe you have a good idea I couldn't think of.
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  4. Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100

    * Sjoerd Simons [2008-06-28 22:19]:
    > The big issue was that i couldn't configure a custom mirror or even select a
    > country mirror. After some debugging it turned out that the newt frontend
    > immediately returned backup instead of actually showing the UI bits. The
    > relevant debconf debugging output is:
    >
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GET mirror/country
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 manual
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/hostname
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/directory
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GO
    > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 30 backup
    >
    > Using the text frontend instead of the newt frontend let me finish the
    > installation just fine.


    Frans, Jeremy, Colin, etc: can one of you comment on this?
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  5. Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100

    On Saturday 13 September 2008, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
    > * Sjoerd Simons [2008-06-28 22:19]:
    > > The big issue was that i couldn't configure a custom mirror or even
    > > select a country mirror. After some debugging it turned out that the
    > > newt frontend immediately returned backup instead of actually showing
    > > the UI bits. The relevant debconf debugging output is:
    > >
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GET mirror/country
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 manual
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/hostname
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/directory
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GO
    > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 30 backup
    > >
    > > Using the text frontend instead of the newt frontend let me finish
    > > the installation just fine.

    >
    > Frans, Jeremy, Colin, etc: can one of you comment on this?


    Sjoerd, can you please try again with a current daily image?
    There have been some changes and we've not have any other reports of
    mirror selection failures, so it seems most likely that you hit a bad
    daily image.

    If it still fails then please send the full syslog with debconf debugging
    enabled (gzipped!).

    Cheers,
    FJP



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  6. Bug#488434: installation-reports: somewhat problematic install on Thecus N2100

    Sjoerd, we're still waiting for your input on this. (see below)


    * Frans Pop [2008-09-16 19:45]:
    > On Saturday 13 September 2008, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
    > > * Sjoerd Simons [2008-06-28 22:19]:
    > > > The big issue was that i couldn't configure a custom mirror or even
    > > > select a country mirror. After some debugging it turned out that the
    > > > newt frontend immediately returned backup instead of actually showing
    > > > the UI bits. The relevant debconf debugging output is:
    > > >
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GET mirror/country
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 manual
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/hostname
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> INPUT critical mirror/http/directory
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 0 question will be asked
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: --> GO
    > > > Jun 28 16:38:30 debconf: <-- 30 backup
    > > >
    > > > Using the text frontend instead of the newt frontend let me finish
    > > > the installation just fine.

    > >
    > > Frans, Jeremy, Colin, etc: can one of you comment on this?

    >
    > Sjoerd, can you please try again with a current daily image?
    > There have been some changes and we've not have any other reports of
    > mirror selection failures, so it seems most likely that you hit a bad
    > daily image.
    >
    > If it still fails then please send the full syslog with debconf debugging
    > enabled (gzipped!).
    >
    > Cheers,
    > FJP
    >
    >
    >


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