I am trying to preseed a netboot install of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) x64.
My preseed configuration works fine as long as
tasksel is not set to manual. For example:
[...] d-i base-installer/install-recommends boolean false d-i base-installer/kernel/image select linux-image-3.8.0-19-generic tasksel tasksel/first multiselect minimal d-i pkgsel/include string \ lubuntu-artwork lubuntu-default-settings plymouth-theme-lubuntu-logo plymouth-theme-lubuntu-text \ anacron ca-certificates acpi-support dbus-x11 lxpanel lxsession openbox pcmanfm ttf-dejavu-core \ fonts-freefont-ttf xinit x11-common xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-video-vmware \ xserver-xorg-video-radeon gvfs alsa-utils policykit-1-gnome lxappearance-obconf lxrandr lxterminal \ localepurge deborphan synaptic iotop curl p7zip-full d-i preseed/late_command string \ wget http://220.127.116.11/share/preseed_late.sh -qP /target/tmp/; \ chmod 777 /target/tmp/preseed_late.sh; \ chroot /target/ /tmp/preseed_late.sh [...]
This works readily in a virtual machine.
However, as soon as I set
tasksel to manual,
aptitude conflict resolution grinds to a halt with hundreds of
<package>:i386 wanting to be installed. For example:
[...] d-i base-installer/install-recommends boolean false d-i base-installer/kernel/image select linux-image-3.8.0-19-generic tasksel tasksel/first multiselect manual d-i pkgsel/include string \ ubuntu-standard [...]
This simple preseed leads to an
aptitude manual configuration screen with 282 broken packages, all of them being i386 variants of the dependencies of ubuntu-standard, while the amd64 variants has been or was being installed. Manually deselecting the conflicting i386 packages seems to fix each specific conflicts (I did not deselect all the packages).
I do not know how these
<package>:i386 crept up. I tried using ubuntu-minimal or ubuntu-standard:amd64 at
pkgsel/include with no success, even by setting
base-installer/install-recommends to true. I searched for a preseed option to force the architecture in ubuntu documentation and debian documentation (wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed) but to no avail.
My intent was to simply further slim down the install footprint and get finer grained control over what packages should be installed. I know that I could use Ubuntu Core (wiki.ubuntu.com/Core), however I would prefer a preseed specific solution.
Hence, I would geatly appreciate some pointers on how to properly setup a preseed with manual
tasksel and how can I fix the i386 package installation issue (it might just be a bug specific to 13.04 x64).