Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort - Debian ; Package: debian-installer Version: lenny-beta2 Severity: wishlist I repacked the initrd to add the broadcom firmware files (see #492878) but must have stuffed something up as when I netbooted it failed to load any modules. However now any menu item I ...

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  1. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    Package: debian-installer
    Version: lenny-beta2
    Severity: wishlist

    I repacked the initrd to add the broadcom firmware files (see #492878)
    but must have stuffed something up as when I netbooted it failed to
    load any modules.

    However now any menu item I pick - including "Abort the installation"
    says:

    Installation step failed
    An installation step failed. You can try to run the failing item
    again from the menu, or skip it and choose something else. The
    failing step is: Abort the installation

    It would be nice to have an emergency "reboot" option - this is a
    remote machine so I can't just hit the off switch (and the BMC isn't
    responding either :-().

    Adrian
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  2. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 08:57:30AM +0100, Adrian Bridgett wrote:
    > However now any menu item I pick - including "Abort the installation"
    > says:
    >
    > Installation step failed
    > An installation step failed. You can try to run the failing item
    > again from the menu, or skip it and choose something else. The
    > failing step is: Abort the installation
    >
    > It would be nice to have an emergency "reboot" option - this is a
    > remote machine so I can't just hit the off switch (and the BMC isn't
    > responding either :-().


    Could you check your dest/MANIFEST.udebs file to see which version of
    rootskel you have built in the initrd?

    I have noticed a similar issue with the currently UNRELEASED version,
    see: http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/.../msg00451.html

    Cheers,
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  3. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 00:16:49 +0200 (+0200), Jrmy Bobbio wrote:
    > Could you check your dest/MANIFEST.udebs file to see which version of
    > rootskel you have built in the initrd?


    I grabbed the netboot images from
    http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ on Friday 15th August, I
    then unpacked the initrd, added the firmware images and repacked the
    initrd (find . | xargs cpio -o -H newc | gzip -c > initrd). I can't
    see what I did wrong in the initrd repacking but I presume I must have
    broken it somehow (maybe I managed to repack an older initrd - perhaps
    I mistakenly repacked etch's initrd with lenny's kernel).

    > I have noticed a similar issue with the currently UNRELEASED version,
    > see: http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/.../msg00451.html


    I do use preseeding, but I haven't set that option.

    Thanks,

    Adrian
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  4. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 08:28:31AM +0100, Adrian Bridgett wrote:
    > On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 00:16:49 +0200 (+0200), Jérémy Bobbio wrote:
    > > Could you check your dest/MANIFEST.udebs file to see which version of
    > > rootskel you have built in the initrd?

    >
    > I grabbed the netboot images from
    > http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ on Friday 15th August, I
    > then unpacked the initrd, added the firmware images and repacked the
    > initrd (find . | xargs cpio -o -H newc | gzip -c > initrd). I can't
    > see what I did wrong in the initrd repacking but I presume I must have
    > broken it somehow (maybe I managed to repack an older initrd - perhaps
    > I mistakenly repacked etch's initrd with lenny's kernel).


    Ok, so with this procedure I was in the wrong track.

    You could you please look if you see anything wrong in the syslog.
    Eventually, you can add "set -x" to:
    * /var/lib/dpkg/info/di-utils-reboot.postinst
    * /lib/debian-installer/exit
    * /lib/debian-installer/exit-command

    Cheers,
    --
    Jérémy Bobbio .''`.
    lunar@debian.org : :Ⓐ : # apt-get install anarchism
    `. `'`
    `-

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  5. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 10:04:57 +0200 (+0200), Jrmy Bobbio wrote:
    > You could you please look if you see anything wrong in the syslog.
    > Eventually, you can add "set -x" to:
    > * /var/lib/dpkg/info/di-utils-reboot.postinst
    > * /lib/debian-installer/exit
    > * /lib/debian-installer/exit-command


    I can't do _anything_ from the menu I'm afraid and it's a remote box
    with only serial console access so I can't swap VT Any option I
    pick errors (which by itself is probably fine and completely my fault
    AFAIK). The problem is that if the menu system is broken (say part of
    the install process wiped / completely for example) then you get stuck
    and can't "abort the installation" since that has several dependencies.

    I'll try and reproduce on a local box to dig a bit deeper.

    Thanks,

    Adrian
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  6. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 09:36:39AM +0100, Adrian Bridgett wrote:
    > I'll try and reproduce on a local box to dig a bit deeper.


    Have you had the chance to do so? Otherwise, I would be inclined to
    close this bug report.

    Cheers,
    --
    Jérémy Bobbio .''`.
    lunar@debian.org : :Ⓐ : # apt-get install anarchism
    `. `'`
    `-

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  7. Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort

    On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:47:45 +0200 (+0200), Jrmy Bobbio wrote:
    > On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 09:36:39AM +0100, Adrian Bridgett wrote:
    > > I'll try and reproduce on a local box to dig a bit deeper.

    >
    > Have you had the chance to do so? Otherwise, I would be inclined to
    > close this bug report.


    I've not I'm afraid - I don't think I'm going to be able to find the
    time either :-(

    Adrian
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  8. Bug#495279: marked as done (debian-installer: unable to abort)


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