Call for Release Candidate testing (again)

Wenzhuo Zhang wenzhuo at
Wed Apr 18 12:22:20 UTC 2007

Wenzhuo Zhang wrote:
> I am testing the desktop-i386 image on an old desktop machine right now.
> I've come across three problems so far:
> 1. The feisty installation on my laptop fails to burn the image using an
> external USB Combo drive (Model: TEAC DW-224E-B). Neither the "Write to
> disc..." context menu facility nor the cdrecord (now wodim) command line
> works with the external combo drive any more. It's a sad regression since
> the previous Ubuntu releases work well with this combo drive.
> 2. I chose the manual partition method. On the Edit a Partition window,
> the Mount Point drop-down menu was empty initially. Only after I typed
> in "/" and reopened the "Edit a Partition" window could it display a
> drop-down menu of possible choices.
> 3. The desktop has two hard drives. One is connected to the motherboard
> as primary master, and the other is connected to a Promise Ultra100 TX2
> IDE controller card as tertiary master. The feisty live-cd recognizes
> the primary boot drive as /dev/sdb, and the tertiary master as /dev/sda.
> I am not sure if this could pose a problem when installing the Grub MBR.
> Let's see the result after the installer finishes its job later.

Another problem:

4. I live in GMT +8 timezone. Upon the first boot, fsck complains that the
superblock last mount time is in the future, and requires a reboot. Here are
the relevant messages on the screen:

* Checking root file system...
fsck 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)
/dev/sdb4: Superblock last mount time is in the future. FIXED.
/dev/sdb4: Superblock last write time is in the future. FIXED.
/dev/sdb4 has gone 49710 days without being checked, check forced.
/dev/sdb4: ***** REBOOT LINUX *****
/dev/sdb4: 98408/2064384 files (0.1% non-contiguous), 585723/4122680 blocks
fsck died with exit status 3

 * The file system check corrected errors on the root partition
 but requested that the system be restarted.
 * The system will be restarted in 5 seconds.

This should be fixed in the installer so users in the GMT + timezones won't
see the scary warning messages and an unnecessary reboot.


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