Installer “Caught in a Loop” at "Removing conflicting operating system files..."

Bug #1676141 reported by L. P. Luigi Espenlaub on 2017-03-26
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partman-target (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Bug 946663 in the “partman-target” package is back in big time! If fixed in 12.04 it is definitely come UN-fixed in present distros.

It Originally was reported in and marked “Fix Released”

The exact same symptoms have returned, amazingly, in Lbuntu 16.10, 16.04.2 and Ubuntu 16.10. on my wife's HP110-220z 1.8 Ghz twin processor 16 GiB of Ram computer yet under powered for the pre-installed Win8, which I have now removed all but for the hidden MBT section which should not have been used with Win8 to begin with.

I say "amazingly" advisedly, as this bug has been around since at least Ubuntu 12.04 in 2012/04/11.

A guess is the “fix” that was released was never fully implemented, or has been deleted from the code accidentally. Since the problem seems restricted Windows while upgrading Debian installations where the desire is to retain the /home partition from a previous installation usually complicated by boot problems. I can see someone thinking it is extra code that is just getting in the way of other efforts.

Others identified the /home partition as the primary culprit, especially if doing an install where you want to keep the data in it for what ever reasons. My experience using the work around below confirms it in my mind.

The details pane only shows about six lines of messages at a time and I was unable to copy and paste it to a file during the "Looping" install. I have 54 photographs of selected parts of the data scrolling through the details pane for an Ubuntu 16.10 install and an Lubuntu 16.04.2 install. I can e-mail cropped copies or attempt to OCR them and provide an rtf file to the assigned programmer.

There is a workaround in two posts, which worked for me.


both referred to this "common bug"

By setting /home to "Do not use this partition" in the installer version of Gparted my Lubuntu 16.04.2 install finished.

I now have to revise /etc/fstab/ to mount /home automatically.

There have been some flaky moments since the install, but I am not sure they are installation related.

I hope the person who put out the "Fix" last time left some notes. Yeh, I know, we all swear we will document what we've done just as soon as we get these next three barn burners out the door.

The details pane showed mostly the MTP probe probing every usb device. Then not finding a MTP usb device, cycling through all 100 plus drivers again and again and again. [There are only 10 total physical internal and external usb ports in this HP 110-220z]

Now its time for me to solve the "HP BIOS specific" Grub2 boot problem

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