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From: Chris Gianelloni <wolf31o2@g.o>
Subject: Re: installer project status
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 08:26:35 -0400
On Aug 6, 2005, at 1:16 AM, Andrew Gaffney wrote:
> * no lvm or software raid support

If the installer detects an already-present lvm/raid, will it allow  
you to use it for your disks?  The reason that I ask this is I am  
wondering if it is still possible to perform the necessary setup  
steps for these outside the installer, then simply select them within  
the installer.

> Of course, to offset these bad things, we have a few features that are
> available with the installer that were not available previously:
>
> * livecd-kernel - the installer will install the kernel from the  
> LiveCD into
>   the new install so that you don't have to wait for genkernel to  
> do its
>   thing. It is installed as a package with emerge so that certain  
> dependencies
>   are satisfied (virtual/alsa for example)
> * GRP w/o an extra CD - the installer will quickpkg and emerge -K  
> packages from
>   the LiveCD instead of using prebuilt binary packages. This  
> obsoletes the GRP
>   CD, which will probably disappear in the next release.
> * dynamic stage3 - the installer can build a stage3 equivalent in  
> the chroot
>   directory from the packages on the CD. This will be useful down  
> the road for
>   networkless installs. Currently, there is no snapshot on the  
> LiveCD for
>   space reasons, but play with it anyway.
>
> Along with the GTK frontend, there is also a dialog-based frontend.  
> This is
> useful for doing remote installs via SSH. gli-dialog also supports  
> some things
> that the GTK frontend doesn't and vice versa. If not using gnome, the
> installer can be started by running 'installer' from a terminal.  
> This will try
> to launch the GTK frontend first with the 'installer-gtk' script.  
> If this
> fails, it will fall back to the dialog installer with the  
> 'installer-dialog'
> script. If you wish to use the dialog frontend, you can run  
> 'installer-dialog'
> directly.

For those of you that want the LiveCD, but don't want the overhead of  
running X/Gnome, you will be able to start the CD with "gentoo nox"  
and it will skip the actual starting of gdm, so you can have your  
command-line goodness.

> Now, for the *most* important part...reporting bugs. Gentoo's  
> bugzilla has a
> special sub-section for the installer. When you click the link to  
> enter a new
> bug report, select "Gentoo Linux" and then "GLI" from the  
> "Component" list.
> Please search for the bug you're reporting *before* creating a new  
> bug. We
> would much rather see "me too" comments, or even the much more  
> silent act of
> adding yourself to the bug's CC, than having to deal with tons of  
> duplicate
> bugs. When you do encounter an error in the installer, try to grab
> /tmp/installprofile.xml and /var/log/install.log from the LiveCD  
> environment.
> We may request them when you file a bug.

Please, please, please, please do not file bugs about the LiveCD  
under the GLI component.  Also, don't file GLI bugs under the "Gentoo  
LiveCD" product.

I have created a bug especially for issues with the LiveCD.
http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=101540

--
Chris Gianelloni
Release Engineering - Strategic Lead/QA Manager
Games - Developer
Gentoo Linux



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