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Re: minimal installation (was: A long rant on Debian 9)




On Mon, 7 May 2018 10:42:17 -0400
Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> jpff composed on 2018-05-07 12:34 (UTC+0100):
> 
> > Felix Miata wrote:  
> 
> >> My Debian installations are all net installs that include  
> 
> >> 	tasks=standard base-installer/install-recommends=false  
> 
> >> on the kernel cmdline. I get nothing I don't need installed that
> >> way. Xorg and whatever else I need I get with apt* once booted
> >> normally.  
> 
> > That looks interesting; it attemts to answer my deep problem about
> > no X, xdm, xterm etc.  
> 
> > My problem nowis I do not know where/how to apply this.  I have not
> > seen any mention of a kernel command line in the net install.  More
> > please!  
> 
> I'm not up to speed on the conventional HOWTO for answering this. I
> rarely use conventional installation boot media. Virtually all my
> installs are in multiboot environments. This enables installation
> booting by using a bootloader already present on the system, by
> loading an installation kernel and initrd, complete with the
> parameters mentioned, plus several others, such as network
> configuration, and leaving off quiet and splash=silent.
> 
> IME, virtually any distro's installation media when its presence
> first appears on screen allows for some method of appending
> parameters to the kernel cmdline. It may be an "e" key, or an ESC
> key, or an up or down arrow key, or a function key, and likely will
> suggest how when its screen first paints.

That "kernel cmdline" phrase is a point of confusion. By editing
the "Install" item in the netinst menu, I can change:

  linux   /install.amd/vmlinuz vga=788 --- quiet

...to this, all on one line:

  linux   /install.amd/vmlinuz vga=788 --- tasks=standard
  base-installer/install-recommends=false

Is that going to result in a minimum installation?

 - Dan