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




On Mon 07 May 2018 at 18:37:16 -0400, Dan Norton wrote:

> On Mon, 7 May 2018 23:22:46 +0100
> Brian <ad44@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> > 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.
> > 
> 
> This is getting exciting. Will I still get a command line?

If you mean at first boot; yes.

I preseed in a file with "tasksel tasksel/first multiselect", which
means no task is selected for installation. I've never done it from
a prompt. Perhaps "tasks="?

-- 
Brian.