Testing Netinst AMD64 CD fails to create MD devices for RAID1
>>>>> "Camaleón" == Camaleón <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Camaleón> On Sat, 25 Jun 2011 08:38:15 -0400, Marc D Ronell wrote:
>> There seems to be a bug with software RAID1 in the 06/21/2011
>> version of the Testing Netinst AMD64 CD image. Separate
>> partitions can be linked to create the md devices, but then one
>> or the other of the two md devices fails after the initial sync
>> is attempted. So the failure is occurring before the resulting
>> raid partitions are used. They fail without being formated,
>> labeled, etc. It is not possible to proceed with the rest of
>> the Debian installation.
>> Anyone have a good work around?
Camaleón> How about making the raid before installing Debian?
Camaleón> Or maybe trying with another netinst image? This one is
Camaleón> from 2011-06-25:
Camaleón> And this one uses sid's installer:
Thanks for the pointer to the image with the sid installer above. That
basically worked. I found a couple of issues, I think, which might
be useful to change on the installer. One is that the md devices took
a long time to sync as each was DELAYED. Installing an internal
bitmap on each device sped up the sync process and allowed the devices
to be usable:
# mdadm -G /dev/md1 --bitmap=internal
After each md device synced, I installed the internal bitmap and that
might have helped to stabilize the devices. From there I was able to
format the md devices with xfs.
A second issue is that the /etc/lilo.conf file did not specify the
initrd image which was put in the /boot directory by the Debian
installer. Once that configuration line was added to lilo.conf, the
boot loader installed and worked, the only other issue was to be sure
that the md device selected for the lilo install had to be version
0.90 as opposed to version 1.2.
Hope that helps someone and thanks for the suggestion of using the
image with the sid installer.
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