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




On Mon 07 May 2018 at 18:04:47 -0400, Dan Norton wrote:

> 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?

Leave off tasks=standard for more minimalness.

(base-installer/install-recommends=false doesn't do anything. The base
system is always installed without Recommends:).

-- 
Brian.