Migrate data from localized Windows?

Bug #95152 reported by pirast on 2007-03-23
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
migration-assistant (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: migration-assistant


a Geman newsticker writes in their test of the Feisty Beta that the migration assistant does not work.

They guess that it may be caused by a localized Windows but sadly did not report a bug. (at least it seems so)

Is it possible that the migration assistant only looks in "Documents and Settings" for the users' data? Localized Windows versions usually also have this path localized, in a German Windows version it's name is "Dokumente und Einstellungen".

pirast (pirast) on 2007-03-23
description: updated
Evan (ev) wrote :

No, it will look in the proper location based on information it obtains from the Windows registry. However, I will need the log files, specifically /var/log/syslog and /var/log/installer/debug, in order to find the true cause of the error for them. These can be obtained by running the installer with the --debug option. Instructions for doing so can be found here:

Are you having this issue as well? Do you have contact information for them or a link to this article?

Changed in migration-assistant:
assignee: nobody → evand
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info
pirast (pirast) wrote :

I provided them with the link to this bug report.

Also, I can not reproduce the issue as I do not have Windows installed.

akl (akl) wrote :

Hi Evan,

os-prober on a system with a localized german copy of windows xp professsional presents me with the following output:

/dev/sda1:Windows XP Media Center Edition:Windows:chain
/dev/sdb1:Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS (6.06):Ubuntu:linux
/dev/sdb3:Ubuntu feisty (development branch) (7.04):Ubuntu1:linux

So it does recognize the windows installation on sda1 correctly. Unfortunately it then chooses to ignore it. I noticed that the function search_windowsxp () in ma-search-users is looking for the path name "$mountpoint/Documents and Settings"/* As Martin points out this would be called "Dokumente und Einstellungen" in the german version.

I'll attach the /var/log/installer/debug log that got created by running ubiquity with the -d option on this particular system.

Evan (ev) wrote :

Ah, that would do it. I must've missed that code when making the application internationalized environment aware. I'll fix this for the next build.

Changed in migration-assistant:
status: Needs Info → In Progress
akl (akl) wrote :

Great, thanks :-)
I really think this feature will make a lot of people happy.

Evan (ev) wrote :

migration-assistant (0.4.4) feisty; urgency=low

  * Grab the location of Documents and Settings from the registry.
    (LP: #95152)

 -- Evan Dandrea <email address hidden> Wed, 4 Apr 2007 15:09:17 -0400

Changed in migration-assistant:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :


Changed in migration-assistant:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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