i386 installer may install x86_64 on a system

Bug #397371 reported by rew on 2009-07-09
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
debian-installer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: base-installer

Wishlist item.

I have a bunch of installer CDs lying around. As x86_64 machines can run i386 code just fine, it might be nice to have the i386 install CD offer to install an x86_64 kernel/system...

Here are some suggestions that might help implement this.

- chainload to a 64 bit kernel?
- use virtualbox to run postinst stuff in the installed root? (only possible on <whatever-enabled> CPUs)
- Introduce an early reboot: Install the 64-bit kernel (after partitioning/mkfs) and then boot it with the rest of the system off the CD.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Thanks for the idea, though I'm not sure I see any realistic way for this to happen at all soon :-) I'll keep it as a wishlist entry ...

affects: base-installer (Ubuntu) → debian-installer (Ubuntu)
Changed in debian-installer (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
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