iMac network hardware

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Sun Sep 19 14:00:59 UTC 2004

On Sun, Sep 19, 2004 at 01:49:30PM +0000, John wrote:
> Colin Watson wrote:
> >Sadly partman-auto is not currently very flexible at all in this
> >regard, and it would take substantial work to make it so. It can vary
> >the layouts by architecture and subarchitecture, and that's about it.
> I've just been reading up on preseeding since some (Dave I think) gave 
> me the link. I don't know how it works internally, but I wonder whether 
> something could run before partman-auto and preseed it with information 
> it can use?

Theoretically yes, although I don't think preseeding is the appropriate
hammer for this particular nail. That would require the user to set up a
customized CD or a URL with a preseed file for their particular
computer, rather than having it Just Work.

Note, by the way, that Warty doesn't have full preseeding support, since
it was added to debian-installer well after we froze and there wasn't
time to backport the many small changes all over the installer code that
were involved in making it work properly. It will end up in Hoary more
or less automatically when we do the big merge from unstable.


Colin Watson                                    [cjwatson at]

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