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Re: Merging ‘wip-newt-installer’ in master?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Merging ‘wip-newt-installer’ in master?
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2019 23:50:16 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Mathieu,

Mathieu Othacehe <address@hidden> skribis:

> I pushed a few commits to the branch. All main features are now
> implemented. The only important stuff missing (in my opinion) is the
> encryption support during partitioning (as well as RAID and LVM I
> guess). I also took most of Thorsten remarks into account.
> I'll keep tinkering the branch in the next few days, but it is now
> possible to have a complete experience and install a real system!

Sorry for the long delay!

I gave it a try with ‘guix system vm gnu/system/install.scm’ and overall
it looks really nice to me!  A few random things:

  • On the first screen, should “Graphical install” come first?

  • Should the choice of a locale come before the welcome screen?

  • Should the keyboard layout default to “English (US)” rather than
    “Afghani”?  Likewise for the layout variant.

  • s/Ok/OK/  :-)

  • For the partition encryption passphrase, we should probably ask for
    confirmation, no?

  • There’s a debug dialog box called “user-partitions” that pops up
    after hitting “Ok” on the partition choice.  :-)

  • In the “Desktop environments” screen, we should we allow for no
    desktop environments, and then (or before?) have a second screen
    where users can choose between a headless server kind of install or
    a lightweight-X11-desktop kind of install?

  • At the end, after seeing the complete OS definition, I got “execlp:
    cryptsetup: Operation not permitted” written at the top of the
    “Congratulations” screen, and it looks like nothing was actually
    installed (I had chosen the encrypted-root setup).  After that I

      ERROR: pty: failed to exec child /gnu/store/…-installer: Operation not 
permitted (exec_child() in src/pty.c:299)

    in a loop and the VM became unusable.  Not sure what happened!

So what are the next steps?  IMO we should consider merging real soon
and get people to test.  WDYT?



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