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Note that we may work around some of these issues by not including certain problematic architectures in the beta release.

This is a tracking page for issues that need to be dealt with before we can release RC2 of DebianInstaller for Etch.

  • For day-to-day issues, see ["DebianInstaller/Today"].

Release goals overview

To Do

Main Goals

  • Kernel 2.6.18 - waiting for next kernel upload

Other Goals

  • Graphical installer
    • cleaning up and debugging
    • still some keymap issues
  • Check d-i memory usage (all arches!) and update lowmem limits
    • done for i386
  • Test free memory check in partman-(auto-)crypto - works?BRShould be implemented for partman-lvm, and possibly partman-md, as well

  • Various
    • Switch from dhcp to dhcp3 in d-i and for installed system?BRNote: done for installed system; post-Etch for d-i

    • Recognize netinst/full CD installs so we can lower priority on the "use mirror" question in apt-setup -- [http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2006/11/msg00583.html discussion]

    • Make "expert" install default to "priority=medium"?


  • Both newt and gtk frontends have "dark" theme for visually handicapped
  • Graphical installer
    • some keyboard/keymap issues solved
    • touchpads now work (though not yet optimal)
    • automatic switching of default font on language selection
    • console switching problem on AMD64 solved
  • Language support
    • Added: Belarusian, Georgian, Malayalam, Kurdish
    • No longer supported: ...
  • Various
    • Support for ftp protocol re-enabled (though without selection from country/mirror lists)
    • Option to blacklist modules
    • ...


  • Blocking
    • ...
  • Maybe blocking
    • libparted does not support ext3 partitions that have dir_index or resize_inode set (complains about "incompatible feature enabled"); this means that in partman resizing such partitions or copying data to (from?) them ([http://bugs.debian.org/405098 #405098]) is not supported; also reported in [https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/parted/+bug/59620 ubuntu]

    • CD-ROM support on sparc32 (esp) broken in kernel; see e.g. #393786
    • NTFS resize corruption for Vista partitions (NTFS 3.1) ([http://bugs.debian.org/379835 #379835])

      • Patch committed for partman-partitioning that disables partitioning for Vista partitions
      • Issue in ntfsresize has been resolved
      • Issue in libparted is slowly being worked on
    • "Device switching" after reboot on systems with multiple HD controllers; is really an old issue but occurs more frequently after switch to udev
    • Graphical installer
      • Usability: <enter> does not activate <Continue> button for some template types

      • Not possible to generate random keys (often used for swap) for crypto setup due to missing entropy plugin
    • Some issues for ppc:
      • floppy installations broken because device node for swim3 module is not generated by udev (probably kernel issue)
    • Some very recent CD/DVD devices seem not supported ([http://bugs.debian.org/407759 #407759])

    • On mips a disk device may be detected as a partition ([http://bugs.debian.org/404950 #404950]). This is really a kernel problem in the driver, but could easily be worked around in partman-base (definitions.sh).

    • Should we do something in D-I about the TCP window scaling issue ([http://bugs.debian.org/401435 #401435])? Probably not, but get it mentioned in the Release Notes.

  • Non-blocking

To Do before release

  • Wanted packages
    • fontconfig (2.4.2-1)

    • module-init-tools (3.3-pre4-1)
    • ...
  • Check status/issues/migration for non-d-i udebs
  • Check what happened to development packages due to [http://bugs.debian.org/301138 #301138] possibly getting solved

  • Update debian-cd

Post-RC2 development

Hopefully there won't be an RC3.

Post-Etch ("Lenny") development

  • Support to load and install from more than one full CD or DVD
  • Support for installing Debian on hardware requiring drivers/firmware not in the regular kernel images
    • includes supplemental repository support for udebs Started by Bastian Blank, probably won't happen for beta3; work parked in people/waldi

  • Implement/improve/test IPv6 support
  • Find replacement for the ISC DHCP client in d-i
    • dhcp3 is really too big for d-i
    • busybox has something but that will probably need to be extended to avoid regressions
    • klibc has also a DHCP client, it even can identify itself with vendor id "d-i"?BRFJP: but do we want to use klibc in images when we already have libc?

  • General cleanup
    • removal of 2.4 kernel support
    • general code cleanup, e.g. old backwards compatibility hacks
  • Persistent device naming for disks
  • partman
  • Split the initrd into three
    • the 1st containing the basic system
    • the 2nd containing drivers for the latest hardware (so only this "initrd" needs modification for new hardware)?BRFJP: is this even realistic?

    • the 3rd being language support, which only gets loaded if enough memory is available - [http://wiki.debian.org/I18n/Extremadura2006ModularizingD-I more detailed plans for this]

  • Build system
    • Add a new build target or method to build all packages from the SVN and build an image with them rather than build with uploaded packages. This would speed up interactive reviews of translations as well as other coordinated changes. Of course, it would break often..:-)
  • Integration of http frontend developed by Attilio?
  • Support for installing a server with Xen instances as suggested by Russel Coker at [http://etbe.blogspot.com/2007/01/lca-talk.html LCA]?

  • Various
    • Finish last bits of udeb transition
    • Change "link in /" to "link in /boot"?
    • Add option to load additional CDs during pkgsel (needs support in cdebconf for switching CDs during tasksel?)