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Re: Attempting a VERY minimal install (using --no-install-recommends ;)




On 04/24/2019 01:10 PM, Joe wrote:
On Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:36:29 -0500
Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I'm attempting a very minimal install because:
1. small size in and of itself is a good goal
2. fending for oneself is a valuable educational experience compared
     to having everything handed to you on a "golden platter" {Debian's
     default installer}

My current experiments revolve around defining my personal take on a
minimal MATE desktop. Part of the motivation is that some recommended
packages clash with ones I wish to use. Just removing offending
packages after the fact is unaesthetic.

My test machine has both a default install from DVD 1 and my
minimalist install. I had done a standard install without specifying
any GUI or extra packages.

My base setup was installed by doing
    apt-get --no-install-recommends install task-mate-desktop
    apt-get install pluma gparted synaptic

All it lacks is internet connectivity.
I have a WiFi hotspot from T-mobile which I effectively use as a
modem (WiFi is intentionally disabled). On the standard install it
appears eth2 on Network Manager Applet.

I used Synaptic to install network-manager-gnome
The apparent problem is that connecting the hotspot does dot trigger
the "connecting" icon.

How do I determine what else I need to install?
[Recall point #2 in my first paragraph ;]
TIA



Difficult to say without knowing what you don't have.

Agreed <chuckle>

Can you specify an 'automatic' connection with Network Manager?

I don't know yet. I've just brought up 4 URLs that the wiki says I should read. I had expected the icon for Network Manager Applet to appear on MATE's Panel. It does not.

If not, you probably need dhcpcd.

That's not my problem. It is not present on install DVD 1.
Also on the full install I have on the same machine none of the dhcpcd modules listed by Synaptic are installed.

NM gains abilities according to what helper programs are
available.


I have some reading to do.
Thank you.