Comment 11 for bug 152261

Thank you, I will give it a try. I am beyond caring about migrating user preferences, I just want a functioning OS... Anyway, I mainly posted at Launchpad, so that folks know this bug is still there.

----- Original Message ----
From: jhaig <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Wednesday, 13 August, 2008 10:52:39 AM
Subject: Re: [Bug 152261] Re: grub not configured with live CD install with pre-existing /home partition (Gutsy RC)

If it is the same problem as I saw I know a way of getting round it,
although I'm not entirely clear of the details. Unfortunately (for
you), it involves avoiding the "migrate users" step, which will mean
that your new Ubuntu install will not have all the XP users set up
automatically for you.

I thought I had pasted my workaround to the bug report, but evidently
I didn't. Here is something I sent to someone else who also had the
problem:

"I managed to install completely by commenting out the section in the
installer that calls the migration helper. I cannot remember where
the section I cut was, but I think it was in
/usr/share/ubiquity/install.py (use the end of syslog I submitted as a
guide - <http://launchpadlibrarian.net/10049783/syslog>)."

I'm afraid, other than reinstalling my own machine I cannot give more
details. I hope this is useful for you.

Regards,

Joe

2008/8/13 Gyorgyi Toth <email address hidden>:
> I'm not sure if it is exactly the same problem, but from my noob
> perspective, it looks quite it.
>
> I had a stable and functioning dual-boot of Hardy and XP (with XP
> installed first) until a few days ago I did a new install of Hardy with
> the latest Live CD. I used manual partitioning during the Live CD
> process, and used the same partition as before, only this time I also
> made a separate partition for /home. The Live CD install proceeds, files
> are copied, etc., no error messages on the graphic interface, only, at
> one point the install stops and I am returned to the Live CD desktop. On
> the partition where Ubuntu is supposedly installed, there are a lot of
> files, but there is no /boot/grub folder.
>
> After restarting, I also got Error 15, in order to have at least one
> functioning OS I used fixmbr and fixboot from the XP recovery CD, so now
> at least I can boot into windows, but Ubuntu install happens the same
> every time.
>
> I did not have this problem when I had no separate /home partition, but
> this could not be the problem, could it?
>
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> grub not configured with live CD install with pre-existing /home partition (Gutsy RC)
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/152261
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grub not configured with live CD install with pre-existing /home partition (Gutsy RC)
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Status in “migration-assistant” source package in Ubuntu: Confirmed

Bug description:
Binary package hint: migration-assistant

Please excuse any slight inaccuracies. I have now installed Feisty, and I cannot remember the details exactly.

I attempted to install the Gutsy RC on a laptop that already had Edgy installed. The disk is partitioned as follows:

  /dev/sda3 - 12G (root)
  /dev/sda1 - 1G (swap)
  /dev/sda2 - 65G (/home)

I tried to do a full reinstall, formatting the root partition and keeping /home. The install proceeds as usual until after all the packages are installed, at which point the /home partition gets mounted on /mnt/migrationassistant. There then appears to be a problem unmounting this partition with an error (in /var/log/syslog) saying that it cannot access /media/.hal-mtab. I am guessing that this causes the installer to terminate prematurely. On rebooting I found that grub had not been configured correctly.

I have just reinstalled Feisty and it appears that it has the same problem except that the migration assistant happens before the package install and after failing to unmount the partition, it gives the option to continue or abort. I manually unmounted and continued, and the install completed successfully.

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