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

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Package: debian-installer; Maintainer for debian-installer is Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>; Source for debian-installer is src:debian-installer.

Reported by: adrian@smop.co.uk

Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:27:04 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Found in version lenny-beta2

Done: Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#495279; Package debian-installer. Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #5 received at submit@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Adrian Bridgett <adrian@smop.co.uk>
To: submit@bugs.debian.org
Subject: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 08:57:30 +0100
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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Message #10 received at 495279@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>
To: adrian@smop.co.uk, 495279@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:16:49 +0200
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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/2008/08/msg00451.html

Cheers,
-- 
Jérémy Bobbio                        .''`. 
lunar@debian.org                    : :Ⓐ  :  # apt-get install anarchism
                                    `. `'` 
                                      `-   
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Bug#495279; Package debian-installer. Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #15 received at 495279@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Adrian Bridgett <adrian@smop.co.uk>
To: 495279@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 08:28:31 +0100
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).

> I have noticed a similar issue with the currently UNRELEASED version,
> see: http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2008/08/msg00451.html

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

Thanks,

Adrian
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Bug#495279; Package debian-installer. Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #20 received at 495279@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>
To: adrian@smop.co.uk, 495279@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 10:04:57 +0200
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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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Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#495279; Package debian-installer. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to adrian@smop.co.uk:
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Message #25 received at 495279@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Adrian Bridgett <adrian@smop.co.uk>
To: 495279@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 09:36:39 +0100
On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 10:04:57 +0200 (+0200), Jérémy 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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Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#495279; Package debian-installer. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #30 received at 495279@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>
To: adrian@smop.co.uk, 495279@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 16:47:45 +0200
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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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Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#495279; Package debian-installer. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to adrian@smop.co.uk:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #35 received at 495279@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Adrian Bridgett <adrian@smop.co.uk>
To: 495279@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 18:05:59 +0100
On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:47:45 +0200 (+0200), Jérémy 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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Reply sent to Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>:
You have taken responsibility. (Sat, 20 Sep 2008 12:51:12 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to adrian@smop.co.uk:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Sat, 20 Sep 2008 12:51:12 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #40 received at 495279-done@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org>
To: 495279-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#495279: debian-installer: unable to abort
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 01:20:31 +0200
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On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 06:05:59PM +0100, Adrian Bridgett wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:47:45 +0200 (+0200), Jérémy 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 :-(

Well… I am closing it then, as we did not have any other reports of a
similar issues.  Please re-open if you encounter the same problem.

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