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Re: partition table on guix system

From: Christophe Pisteur
Subject: Re: partition table on guix system
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 09:22:33 +0200
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Le vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 17:49 +0200, Mathieu Othacehe a écrit :
> Hey,
> > Both tests fail with the strange message that the installer cannot
> > access the sdb2 partition  where the guix installer is (see picture
> > 3)
> Oh, I see. It should now be fixed
> with:e12be802e02b3345a753e7ec1287852a7337a0a5.
> It would be great if you could test this new installation image:

1. I made the following tests with the proposed image, with the graphic
installer and the manual partitioning. 
Here are the partitions I made:
/dev/sda: 1. swap               2. / bootable
/dev/sda: 1. swap               2. /                    3. /home
/dev/sda: 1. swap               2. / bootable                           
        /dev/sdb: 1. /home
Without and with encrypted /home

Everything works perfectly! (notice: I only tried until the installer
generated the /etc/config.scm file). 

2. I found a problem: if, during the manual partitioning, you delete a
free space (by mistake), the installation crashes  (see picture) and
you have to start again from the beginning (language choice). I had the
same problem with the official 1.3 installation image.

Besides, I have three things to share (either with the 1.2, 1.3 or the
one tested today). I hesitated to do three separate emails, but I may
have misunderstood something about the installation process and don't
want to pollute the guix email.

A. About the time zone configuration: when you start the installation
process from a reboot, you have to select the city with the arrows (and
not by typing the first letter of the city: example Europe/Zurich) but
when you interrupt an installation and start again from the beginning
(= the choice of the installation language), when you get to the choice
of the time zone, you can type in the first letter of the city and the
installer selects directly the city that starts with this letter. It is
not a problem concerning the choice of the time zone but rather that
the process of resuming the installation from the language does
probably not completely start from the beginning (?). I just wanted to
point it out.

B. I would find it very useful if the installer offered to set up a
print cups service when selecting services. Editing the /etc/config.scm
file to set up cups is the first thing I do after any installation. 

C. About the choice of the keyboard layout "fr_CH.utf8":  strangely
(i.e. contrary to debian installer for example), you have to choose
"German (Switzerland)" first and then the variant "French
(Switzerland)". It is not intuitive to choose a "French (Switzerland)"
keyboard in the "German (Switzerland)" category. The debian installer
proposes directly the keyboard "fr_CH.utf8" when you choose the
regional settings Switzerland / French. 

Thanks for your hard work! 


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