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bug #32865: Yeeloong installer fails: "Downloading a file failed"

Submitted by:  Michael Dorrington <michd>
Submitted on:  Sun 20 Mar 2011 01:18:39 PM UTC  
Category: gNewSense 3Severity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: All architecturesStatus: Fixed
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: Karl Goetz <kgoetz>
Open/Closed: Closed

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Tue 09 Jul 2013 01:42:23 PM UTC, comment #10:

Yeeloong installer of Parkes beta 2 works fine.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Project Administrator
Tue 13 Nov 2012 12:15:43 PM UTC, comment #9:

The bug seems to be fixed. Anyway, the installation procedure went fine. Installation date on Nov. 12 2012

samy <samy>
Sat 10 Mar 2012 04:30:09 PM UTC, comment #8:

I just tried this guide http://wiki.gnewsense.org/Projects/GNewSenseToMIPS on my Yeeloong and, of course, I've encountered this bug. After that I tried to manually wget that Release file in the terminal (Alt-F2) and wget segfaulted:

I've found out that installer's wget always crashes if I use hostnames; if I use IP addresses instead, it works alright:

Adding " archive.gnewsense.org" to the /etc/hosts didn't help.

Dmitry Samoyloff <sinister>
Mon 05 Mar 2012 01:27:01 PM UTC, comment #7:

Just got my Yeeloong and would love to use gNewSense.
Got the one with a ZIF SSD, so debootstrapping is awfully time consuming, if even possible. Has there been any progress with this?

timo b <timob>
Sat 14 Jan 2012 03:10:22 PM UTC, comment #6:

The problem is still present. If there is not a fix in the works, what would be a good (or even a not so good) work-around?

Lars Noodén <larsnooden>
Sun 20 Nov 2011 01:28:00 PM UTC, comment #5:

John, I was in a similar situation to you. And I was rather shocked when the installer didn't work and I cared enough about it to take the time to submit a detailed bug report. I now have a fully free software GNU system running on my Yeeloong but it is Debian GNU/Linux. You can find the instructions on how to install at:
If you have an issues with installing Debian on the Yeeloong give me a shout and I'll try to help.

Michael Dorrington <michd>
Fri 18 Nov 2011 09:21:20 PM UTC, comment #4:

Is the characterization of this problem given by Karl Goetz inaccurate? It is not clear why, after having identified the problem clearly, a solution has not yet been produced. This bug continues to be a seemingly trivial barrier to those wishing to use a well known fully free software distribution on a well known free software friendly hardware.

I am a mathematician who has recently become interested in the practical implications of free software and the so called ``GNU Philosophy". I currently have limited knowledge of bits and bobs that make up a gnewsense distribution, and wish strongly to dive headfirst into Lemote+gnewsense. This bug is preventing me and others, in a seemingly arbitrary way, from expanding our understanding of this special instance of the more general relationship between free software and hardware which respects free software.

John <jmeuser>
Tue 28 Jun 2011 03:09:58 AM UTC, comment #3:

Has any progress been made in getting a new parkes netinstaller?

James Turner <jturner>
Thu 07 Apr 2011 01:29:39 PM UTC, comment #2:

This is the problem:

http://archive.gnewsense.org/gnewsense-metad/gnewsense/dists/stable/Release -O - | grep ^Codename: | cut -d' ' -f 2
Mar 20 12:48:56 choose-mirror[3963]: INFO: codename set to: parkes

in short, i set 'parkes' (our new target) to stable, but the mipsel installer is metad, the old stable. as a result it tries to download files for the wrong version of the installer, dies, and you see the result above

I hope to work on parkes netinstaller next week, i'm going to hope this doesnt bite too many people until then.

Karl Goetz <kgoetz>In charge of this item.
Thu 31 Mar 2011 08:59:19 PM UTC, comment #1:

To be clear, the installer failed at this stage.

Retry - retried but failed again.

Change mirror - did not get any further because the mirror is preseeded.

Cancel - Droped to the install steps menu but, AFAIR, without this stage succeeding you can not sensibly advance.

Michael Dorrington <michd>
Sun 20 Mar 2011 01:18:39 PM UTC, original submission:

Using the instructions at
which uses files at
to install gNewSense on Lemote Yeeloong 8101B fails at the (preseeded) choosing a mirror stage with:

In /var/log/syslog:

This is after the stage that fails due to missing 'Release' files as described in <https://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/?32851> which now works.

Michael Dorrington <michd>


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