Debian Bug report logs - #591278
debian-installer: confusing questions on GRUB installation

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: Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>

Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:21:02 UTC

Severity: minor

Done: Christian PERRIER <bubulle@debian.org>

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From: Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: debian-installer: confusing questions on GRUB installation
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 19:17:42 +0200
Package: debian-installer
Severity: minor

I installed squeeze using the netinst iso within VirtualBox. Late in the 
installation process there's some confusion about setting up GRUB. d-i 
asks me whether I want to proceed without installing GRUB. If I choose 
"No", the question plainly pop up again. If I choose "yes", d-i scans 
for other operating systems and, after that, asks me whether GRUB should 
be installed to MBR. From this point on, everything is fine.

This behaviour is rather confusing, I don't understand why it asks me 
whether to proceed without GRUB installation in the first place.

Best regards

Jan

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.utf8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash




Reply sent to Christian PERRIER <bubulle@debian.org>:
You have taken responsibility. (Sun, 01 Aug 2010 17:51:11 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Sun, 01 Aug 2010 17:51:12 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 591278-done@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Christian PERRIER <bubulle@debian.org>
To: Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>, 591278-done@bugs.debian.org
Cc: cjwatson@debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#591278: debian-installer: confusing questions on GRUB installation
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 13:46:24 -0400
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Quoting Jan Heitkötter (usenet-10@heitkoetter.net):
> Package: debian-installer
> Severity: minor
> 
> I installed squeeze using the netinst iso within VirtualBox. Late in the 
> installation process there's some confusion about setting up GRUB. d-i 
> asks me whether I want to proceed without installing GRUB. If I choose 
> "No", the question plainly pop up again. If I choose "yes", d-i scans 
> for other operating systems and, after that, asks me whether GRUB should 
> be installed to MBR. From this point on, everything is fine.
> 
> This behaviour is rather confusing, I don't understand why it asks me 
> whether to proceed without GRUB installation in the first place.


All this more comes from the GRUB package(s) that are currently being
polished by GRUB maintainers. I suggest closing the bug report as I'm
not even sure that reassigning it to grub2 (or grub-legacy) would be
anything but a hassle for the poor guy currently doing this (Hi
Colin!).


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Bug#591278; Package debian-installer. (Mon, 02 Aug 2010 16:18:02 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org>:
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Message #15 received at 591278@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org>
To: Christian PERRIER <bubulle@debian.org>
Cc: Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>, 591278@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#591278: debian-installer: confusing questions on GRUB installation
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 17:15:51 +0100
On Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 01:46:24PM -0400, Christian PERRIER wrote:
> Quoting Jan Heitkötter (usenet-10@heitkoetter.net):
> > I installed squeeze using the netinst iso within VirtualBox. Late in the 
> > installation process there's some confusion about setting up GRUB. d-i 
> > asks me whether I want to proceed without installing GRUB. If I choose 
> > "No", the question plainly pop up again. If I choose "yes", d-i scans 
> > for other operating systems and, after that, asks me whether GRUB should 
> > be installed to MBR. From this point on, everything is fine.
> > 
> > This behaviour is rather confusing, I don't understand why it asks me 
> > whether to proceed without GRUB installation in the first place.

I'm guessing that you're using the Alpha 1 netinst?  This is essentially
desynchronisation between grub2 and grub-installer; I believe that
grub-installer 1.51 should fix this, so perhaps you could try with a
somewhat more current netinst (e.g.
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/)
and see if it's reproducible with that?

> All this more comes from the GRUB package(s) that are currently being
> polished by GRUB maintainers. I suggest closing the bug report as I'm
> not even sure that reassigning it to grub2 (or grub-legacy) would be
> anything but a hassle for the poor guy currently doing this (Hi
> Colin!).

For the record it's entirely fine to reassign bugs to grub2 if that's
where they're believed to belong (although in this case grub-installer
would be more appropriate).  A couple more won't make much difference.
:-)

Cheers,

-- 
Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]




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Bug#591278; Package debian-installer. (Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:36:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>. (Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:36:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #20 received at 591278@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Jan Heitkötter <usenet-10@heitkoetter.net>
To: Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org>
Cc: Christian PERRIER <bubulle@debian.org>, 591278@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#591278: debian-installer: confusing questions on GRUB installation
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 19:32:53 +0200
Am Montag, den 02.08.2010, 17:15 +0100 schrieb Colin Watson:
> I'm guessing that you're using the Alpha 1 netinst? 

Yep.


> This is essentially
> desynchronisation between grub2 and grub-installer; I believe that
> grub-installer 1.51 should fix this, so perhaps you could try with a
> somewhat more current netinst (e.g.
> http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/)
> and see if it's reproducible with that?

I just tried the daily netinst iso ("daily build #5") and with this GRUB
installation works fine. :-)

Cheers

Jan




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