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If you forgot to select some software at the "Software Selection" screen on a fresh install, what are the commands to install them after the fact. I know you can install them manually at anytime after everything is said and done, but what are the commands to install just as if you [*]starred them on that screen.

For instance:

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

will install the LAMP Server. What are the commands for the DNS Server, Mail Server and Tomcat Java server?

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Even after the installer you can use tasksel to install tasks, it just needs installing:

sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel

If you're just after a list of available tasks, tasksel is still the easiest way to achieve this. Install it and run tasksel --list-task and you get a nice list of the available tasks, their install status and a description.

And if you need a trimmed list, something like this should do:

tasksel --list-task | awk '{ print $2 }'
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Oh ok! Thank you very much! – joe Mar 21 '12 at 23:39

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