Questions relating to preseeding (which provides a way to automatically answer questions asked during the installation process).

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How do I remove the 'Write the Changes to the Disks?' question during preseed?

I am pretty new to Ubuntu and Linux. I have spent a lot of time trying to get an unattended install up and running for my Headless Server. As it stands I have everything almost there but when ...
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Ubuntu preseed - disable i386/multiarch

I'm installing servers with pre-seeding but our local mirror only has amd64 packages. Yet, installer tries to fetch sources for i386 packages as well and basically strolls on it for a while during ...
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How do I automate the installation of acroread?

I would like to install acroread via script without interaction. Is there a way to pre-accept the license agreement?
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How can I set up the Trusty Desktop ISO for preseeding?

With Precise, I used to create a USB stick using the so-called "Alternate" installer DVD with my own preseed.txt, update isolinux/txt.cfg with a new menu item that would pass my preseed file on the ...
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EFI and working LVM partman-auto/expert_recipe?

I have an LVM based recipe that used to work on non-EFI based systems. How do I recreate the same recipe so that it works in EFI/UEFI mode? I have the following recipe right now (and I've tried ...
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Is it possible to ask arbitrary questions in the preseed during ubuntu install

I have built an automatic installation system for building nodes from bare metal, it produces a pretty basic install, then installs puppet and contacts the puppetmaster for the rest of the ...
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PXE Linux kernel line for Preseed

I want to setup a Preseed for my Edubuntu 12.04 on my PXE Server, running PXE Linux but I can't seem to figure out how to add the Preseed. LABEL Install edUbutnu Junior 12.04 x86 MENU LABEL ...
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How to prevent the deployment process from accessing DNS server?

I noticed that when deploying a virtual machine while using a preseed, the host name specified in the preseed is ignored and the one from DNS server is used instead. Detailed description The Ubuntu ...
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Preseed ignoring “disable_dhcp”

I'm trying to preseed a VM on an ESXi server, using Packer. Problem I'm having right now is that whatever the options I've put in the preseed file (see below), the installer keeps telling me that no ...
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Is there any reference or material about the preseed file of MaaS Fast Installer?

These days, I have tried to assign IP address to a node using the fast path installer (curtin). In automatic installation procedure, we can assign a ip address to the primary network interface using ...
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How to preseed installing grub to a device during installation without prompt?

I am trying to do a fully automated ubuntu preseed installation. I am stuck because I cannot preseed the answer to installing grub on a device other than /dev/sda without having to manually hit ...
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How the installer can find my preseed.cfg file?

Am following the Ubuntu help(Automating the installation using preseeding) and created the preseed.cfg file. Am trying to install "Ubuntu 12.04 LTS" using USB so kept the preseed.cfg file in top ...
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Why am I getting “apt-setup/security_host ubuntu doesn't exist” while instaling from pressed?

I am trying to install the 12.04 desktop using preseed file, same file I use for 12.04 server installation. It works fine for the server but on desktop I am getting: apt-setup/security_host ubuntu ...
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Preseeding: Can't access cdrom?

At work we often need to install Ubuntu Server and several extra packages while offline. To make this faster, I'm creating a custom Ubuntu Server install via preseeding (following this documentation: ...
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avoid partition messages with unnatended preseed file

I'm configuring an unnatended installation with one NTFS partition (to be used later) and then root, swap and home partitions. d-i keeps asking me about the first partition, and I want to avoid that ...
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What is the preseed setting to configure a disk partition as a Power PReP boot partition?

I am attempting to automate an Ubuntu installation on a Power8 system. But I'm not sure what the format type should be for the boot partition. I know that it needs to be PReP, but I can't seem to find ...
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preseed file and installation script

I am using a preseed file to auto install ubuntu 12.04. I create a normal user account (able to use sudo), I skip the creation of a root account. At the end of the file I have put this (seen it from ...
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Completing a “minimal virtual machine” install with a kickstart file

I have built an unattended setup ISO for Ubuntu 12.04.4 using instructions provided on the community wiki, however, I'm having a hard time with two specific pieces of the install: The installer ...
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Installing linux-generic-lts-quantal in 12.04.3 via preseed

I'm struggling with getting this working. The problem is, the backported raring kernel breaks OVS. So we need the quantal kernel. I've tried this in my preseed: d-i ...
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How do I setup a fine grained preseed with tasksel set to manual?

I am trying to preseed a netboot install of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) x64. Work Setup My preseed configuration works fine as long as tasksel is not set to manual. For example: [...] d-i ...
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How to modify Ubuntu Precise .iso preseed?

I'm trying to modify the installation sequence of Ubuntu Precise. I need add a repository package inside the iso. I make my own apt repository mirror and add my own packages with reprepro ...
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How can I preseed package installation without a network connection?

I am working to create an unattended offline installation of the Ubuntu Server 12.04. I have everything preseeded so far, but I still can't figure out how to install other packages without requiring ...
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Preseed create two empty partitions (“do not use”) with partman

I have a question about preseeding. I need to create a simple partition table like this: / 10 G EXT3 primary swap 8 G SWAP primary 100G "Do not use" primary (to be ...
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Unattended Installation for Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop?

I am trying to make unattended ubuntu installation for ubuntu14.04 desktop using preseeding file. i have used this link for creating preseed file. ...
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Preseed Failed with wget

I have this strange issue. I am doing a netboot + using local mirrors of trusty 14.04 I have done the following to PXE boot the installer label trusty-amd64-manual kernel ...
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How to automate configuration of legacy wireless drivers during installation

Perhaps the most common roadblock in deploying Linux on donated machinery is getting them to access the wireless network, due to the known issues with supporting legacy Broadcom drivers. Instead of ...
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How to configure RAID + 2 LVM volumes via preseed?

Internally, we use Ubuntu (14.04 Trusty) on our workstations, and until now we've done all of our builds by hand, including the creation of RAID/LVM/LUKS-encrypted volumes. This doesn't scale, and ...
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pxe boot, IPV6 delays installer 15 minutes

Using Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Looking through the log I can see the below error is shown 6 times. ##IPv6 addrconf: prefix with wrong length 48 With around 3 minutes apart each other Dec 7 04:18:42 ...
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Reusing disk partition during ubuntu installation

is there a way to tell partman to re-use current disk layout/lvm layout when using preseeding? either that or bypass partman completely? i'm using a custom preseed file with my own partman recipe. but ...
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Tasksel error in 14.04 preseed

I have a 14.04 preseed that errors and bails out with this being reported to syslog: Jul 23 17:54:12 pkgsel: starting tasksel Jul 23 17:54:13 in-target: Unknown option: debconf-apt-from Jul 23 ...
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Trusty preseed error

I have a preseed file that installs Trusty but the install is giving me this error: Jul 22 17:52:42 in-target: Setting up sysv-rc (2.88dsf-41+deb7u1) ... Jul 22 17:52:42 in-target: info: Reordering ...
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How do I configure a preseed to continue on a specific error?

I have a complex partman configuration that stops on a "partman-auto-lvm/vg_create_error". When I hit "Continue" I get a perfect working installation. How can I ignore this error? Is there any way to ...
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Trusty Images for Openstack

I 'm in the prozess of creating Trusty images for Openstack. What I have noticed is that the net-install with preseed creates an image of 1.9 GB. I just need a VM with openssh. Is it possible to ...
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How do I write a preseed file to exactly reproduce a default server build?

I'm trying to provision a batch of virtual servers. They are 100% nothing special - I go through the default install selecting English/UK, primary network eth0, hostname, default user, regular ...
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How can I preseed commands to run after the preseed reboot?

During an automated preseed installation, how can I run a script just once after the final reboot? My use case is provisioning a machine with salt, as called by a foreman. Foreman gives me a ...
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Is it possible to use the conditional arguments in a preseed?

I am trying to create a preseed.cfg that is usable for a CD based installation and a network based installation. I figured the easiest way to do this would be to use a bash conditional "if". As part ...
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How to add user defined cloud-config preseed in MAAS

I would like to have a custom cloud-config ran upon deploy on all instances controlled and managed by MAAS. This seems like a pretty standard operation and doesn't seem to far from the beaten path; ...
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Display message during Ubuntu installation

I'm using Preseed to install Ubuntu Desktop. I have early_command settings which download some scripts/files and then launch a script. Depending on the result of the script, I need to display a ...
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preseed early_script to detect NTFS

I have a PXE server, which permit to deploy Ubuntu images. But some users have already a Windows system, and I would like to detect if Windows is already installed or not on the client machine. I ...
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Skip creation of a normal user account at automated install

I use d-i passwd/make-user boolean false in preseed.cfg but installer asks me username for creation. Is there any way to skip default user creation.
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Installer is not following the preseed file

I am trying to make an unattended install of Ubuntu using a preseed file. My issue is that, the installer is following the same old way even after placing the preseed file and writing entries in ...
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Nested crypto(luks) partitioning in ubuntu preseed

It is easy to define nested luks partitioning in ubuntu environment using following commands cryptsetup luksFormat /dev/sda(i) {entering passphrase: xxxxx} cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda(i) some_name1 ...
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Unattended installation using kickstart and preseed gives blank screen

I have build my own custom image of ubuntu server 14.04.2 for an unattended installation using kickstart and preseeding, and it all looks good, but when the installation finishes it gives me nothing ...
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How to modify a preseed file concerning hard drives

I have made good use of the preseed discussions. The one that I am struggling with is to alter the preseed file for this scenario. There are two physical drives and the first drive is setup as '/' ...
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Kernel panic while booting preseed ISO for 14.04.2

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/UnattendedCD I'm following these instructions, attempting to set up a preseed install. When I boot the resulting ISO in vmware, it kernel panics: ...
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Preseed installation of 14-04-server from USB — disk selection

I'm doing an unattended installation of Ubuntu-14.04-server with a USB drive and a preseed file on different type of servers (HP Proliant ML110, ML310, ML350, etc). This preseed file contains multiple ...
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At ubuntu server boot cli, how can I check if internet is configured?

Basically I want to preseed ubuntu server set up but it keeps on saying file can't be loaded, so I was thinking maybe there is something wrong with my internet connection. But there is no ping or ...
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Using preseed options to specify path of install files?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 from a PXE server, and I'm experimenting with preseed files. I've been looking specifically for the preseed option that lets me specify the path for the ...
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Manipulating the installer dialog when running a kickstart/preseed install

When you run an unattended install, various information flashes by about the packages being installed, and otherwise what the installer is doing. Installing this package, configuring this, setting up ...
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Preseed - don't ask about the keyboard

In my 14.04 preseed file, it keeps prompting me for the "Country of origin" and "Keyboard layout", even though my preseed file should prevent that from happening. I've tried every permutation of the ...