Monday was Labor Day, a federal holiday in these United States, making a three-day weekend.
I spent quite a lot of it looking at a computer that kept saying this:
We're sorry; the installer crashed. Please file a new bug report at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+filebug (do not attach your details to any existing bug) and a developer will attend to the problem as soon as possible. To help the developers understand what went wrong, include the following detail in your bug report, and attach the files /var/log/syslog and /var/log/partman:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/lib/ubiquity/bin/ubiquity”, line 210, in
File “/usr/lib/ubiquity/bin/ubiquity”, line 205, in main
File “/usr/lib/ubiquity/bin/ubiquity”, line 58, in install
ret = wizard.run()
File “/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/gtkui.py”, line 358, in run
File “/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/gtkui.py”, line 989, in process_step
File “/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/gtkui.py”, line 743, in progress_loop
RuntimeError: Install failed with exit code 139; see /var/log/syslog
Mind you, I was doing something that may be fairly silly:
- take a moderately ancient machine with a tiny ISA drive with Windows on it,
- shove a low-budget SATA card into it, a Rosewill RC-209
- ignore the fact that the BIOS will see the drive but won't offer to boot from it
- leave Windows XP on the ISA drive
- install a massive (half-ter
rabyte!) drive on the SATA card
- partition the drive to give Windows a little more room to play
- install Ubuntu to the bulk of the SATA drive.
It was the last step that kept croaking. Even thought the CD I burned passed all integrity checks.
So I filed a bug report. Currently, I'm downloading the alternate Ubuntu installer, and doing a full scan of the (brand new) disk's integrity in case it has some physical fault. Takes a long time to scan half a terrabyte.
Earlier, a similar install using the same model card and a similar SATA disk alone on a similar computer (without the attempt to dual boot on two drives) went swimmingly.
But this one would croak even if I unplugged the ISA drive with windows on it. So There's Something Funny Going On….
Update: disk checks out fine.
Meanwhile, thanks to the Super Grub Disk I managed to rescue Windows from a non-functioning entry I'd put into the MBR. Three cheers for the Super Grub Disk! I'm now back to where I was 40 hours ago!
(Lest anyone feel too sorry for me, this isn't my main machine, and I actually like solving problems like this, even (especially?) if I caused them.)