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

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How can I customize the Ubuntu installer?

I would like to know how can I customize the Ubuntu installer NOT customize Ubuntu, I just want to modify the installer. We have a large environment here with lots of developers and since we don't ...
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How can I remove packages using preseed?

I'm setting up an automated "no questions asked" preseed system and using Dustin Kirkland's server preseed as an example. He uses the following line to install three packages as part of the ...
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Setting up USB flash drive for preseed

I've been trying to install ubuntu-server on an old laptop. It has a screen and keyboard but the "u" and "p" keys don't work so I can't type sudo or apt. I thus could not set up ssh using the generic ...
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“No root filesystem” error when preseeding

I am trying to perform automatic installation of Ubuntu server (11.10). My partitioning recipe is here: d-i partman-auto/disk string /dev/sda d-i partman-auto/method string lvm d-i ...
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How to install squid-deb-proxy-client via preseed/early_command

Using Lucid, installing from the Lucid mini.iso. Both AMD64. In the following I've tried as \, all of apt-get, apt-install, anna-install, dpkg: d-i preseed/early_command string <cmd+opt> ...
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How do I get prompted for a hostname in a preseed?

I want my automated install to ask me for a hostname. This is my preseed file and this is my pxe startup conf LABEL auto64-1110 MENU LABEL ^C Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit auto install met proxy ...
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Can't automate user creation with preseeding

I'm creating KVM guest with following virt-install options and preseed.cfg, and always user creation dialog "[!!] Set up users and passwords" is shown. How do I automate that section with preseeding? ...
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Preseeding the installer?

I need to preseed a dual boot installation of Ubuntu 10.04. I want partman to use all already existing Linux partitions and all free space (like the option when installing Fedora 13). what would that ...
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How can I configure preseed to use a drive ONLY if it exists?

Some of the machines that I'm provisioning have a separate /dev/sdb to be used for /home, and some only have a single disk. Is there a way I can set up preseed so that if /dev/sdb exists, it uses ...
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How do I preseed Postfix's mailname?

I don't want postfix to ask for its mailname i just want it to use its fqdn name. This is my preseed file
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How do I preseed a disk to 50% / and /tmp?

I need to install ubuntu server 10.04 by preseed file and part disk into 50% for / and rest for /tmp. I tried this: # Partitioning # use first hard drive SCSI/SATA: d-i partman-auto/disk string ...
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Continue with out a default route? [duplicate]

I am doing a complete unattended install of Ubuntu 12.04. I am doing static network configuration. Here is content for Static network configuration from the preseed file. d-i netcfg/disable_dhcp ...
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How do I configure two NICs in ubuntu-server preseed? [closed]

I have a script that installs ubuntu server to a new VirtualBox instance via PXE and preseeding. So far it is working great, I can run a complete install and come out with a fresh machine with one ...
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How can I get a PXE install to ask for the hostname

I use a pxe install for a lab of machines, one problem I have is that the hostname is always set to 'ubuntu'. This is wrong, it should instead ask during the install what hostname should be used. One ...
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How can I accept Microsoft EULA agreement for ttf-mscorefonts-installer in the preseed file?

How can I accept Microsoft EULA agreement for ttf-mscorefonts-installer in a preseeded install - that is, what d/i foo/bar command do I need to add to my preseed file?
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How do I preseed multiple partitions on one disk; /tmp /data /usr swap?

trying to get preseeding on 12.04 64bit with what should be a basic setup to work: /dev/sda - the only drive beeing used / - rootfs - 100GB /boot - 1GB /tmp - 10GB /data - should take all available ...
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What is the correct way of setting up an abnt2 keyboard layout in preseed?

I am creating a preseeding file for an automatic ubuntu 11.10 installation and I am having problems setting up the keyboard configuration. I need the keyboard to be configured as abnt2 so I added this ...
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How do I stop the installer putting invalid entries in my /etc/hosts file?

I have a number of Hardy hosts that seem to get an invalid hostname placed in their /etc/hosts during the installation process. There's a line in /etc/hosts on a freshly built, unmodified host that ...
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How do I preseed the installer to use a specific locale?

I am doing a preseed (actually only ask the keyboard map and timezone) of Lucid Lynx install and trying to use the same locale that I selected in the boot screen, I.E. if I select french lang I want ...
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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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Which debconf preseed option to install GRUB automatically to MBR?

NOTE: I'm using preseed here , this step should be done automatically from preseed config This is the final step before finishing installation , install grub to MBR: I'm not sure which debconf ...
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Long pause in pxe/preseed install

I'm encountering a long pause during unattended (preseeded) install of precise server via pxe. The install eventually works, but appears to just sit there for 20 or 30 minutes after it authenticates ...
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Disable confirmation for LVM in preseed file?

I'm not sure which debconf option should I use to bypass this disk change confirmation: And does the order of debconf commands matters ?
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Ubuntu does not follow the preseed file for network settings

I am trying to automate Ubuntu installations using Cobbler and preseed. I referred to this officical sample seed file for Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/installation-guide/example-preseed.txt ...
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How do I modify this preseed snippet to partition my hard drive?

I'm attempting to create my first Ubuntu Server 10.04-4 LTS x64 preseed file and I'm afraid I can't figure out the hard drive partitioning aspect: I have a 2TB hard disk that I need configured as ...
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Preseed late_command not running

I must be missing something obvious. I've taken over the development of a customised Ubuntu installation, which uses the 11.04 Desktop Live ISO with a customised preseed file to make the installation ...
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How to prompt for input while doing preseed/late_command?

My preseed server install file executes a number of additional tasks with a bash script called with preseed/late_command. I wish to prompt for a password during this process to install LDAP ...
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Full disk encryption with-preseed?

Ubuntu 8.04 and later provide encryption using LUKS and eCryptfs. The question is how to configure preseed to do it automatically? There is an option in preseed to encrypt user's home, but no option ...
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Multiple Preseeds

I just installed and successfully did a test MAAS installation using the generic preseed that comes with MAAS. My organization is looking at MAAS to scale our Ubuntu-based infrastructure, and we were ...
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How to show just a progress bar during a preseeded installation?

Based on the comment on a question on Superuser.com, I started wondering if it's possible to show a progress bar with no text during an installation. That could be used to provide a user-friendly ...
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Unattended Ubuntu installation LVM confirmation

I am working on getting an unattended install iso setup for deploying the current LTS of Ubuntu (12.04.3) and have everything just the way I want it, except it is still asking for me to confirm 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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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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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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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 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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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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Detect processor during preseed post-install script

Is it possible to detect the processor, such as by uname -p, from within a preseed post-install script? uname -p returns unknown, and in-target uname -p returns nothing. I ask because I need to fetch ...
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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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Unable to install, “no root file system is defined” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “No root file system defined” error while installing ubuntu I am trying to feed the pressed to ubiquity while installing Xubuntu 11.10 . Following is what I ...
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How to set apt options like “Acquire::http::No-Cache=true” in preseed.cfg [closed]

Something on our company's network is causing some apt updates to fail during an unattended install. We recently discovered that we can fix the apt problem on a previously successful installation ...
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Which debconf preseed option to auto reboot after installation?

Another pressed config to find here .. auto reboot after installation
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Ubuntu Kickstart/seed file - weak password

I have used the kickstart generator tool to generate a kickstart/preseed file for ubuntu KVM installations which has worked well until now. It stopped working when I switched over to using a very weak ...
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Automated installation using preseeding from url failed (from within VirtualBox)

I'm trying to do automated installation using preseeding from url, but it failed. Basically, I'm following Ubuntu Server Quick Install, No Questions Asked! ...
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set installer background / not able to run early_command in custom preseed file

I have a custom preseed file for a Precise Live CD (which is well loaded on boot, I checked syslog for that). My initial problem is that when booting in install mode (default behavior for a Live ...
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How do I configure a preseed to skip the language support question?

I'm attempting to create a preseed configuration file for automating the install of Ubuntu Server 10.04-4 LTS x64 via a bootable USB thumb drive and I've hit a major snag in the process. The ...
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How to auto poweroff after Ubiquity preseed install of Ubuntu desktop

I have remastered a normal desktop amd64 iso you can officially download. With the following contents of isolinux/isolinux.cfg the preseed works fine: default live label live menu ...