I'm installing Ubuntu from an Ubuntu Minimal image, and I've gotten to the software selection part. What I'm wondering is, which packages are included in the "Basic Ubuntu Server" option?

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I'm assuming it's a bundle of packages, but which exactly are included in it?

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In the spirit of teaching a man to fish...

You can find a list of tasks and their proper names with the command:

tasksel --list-tasks

This will tell you that the "Basic Ubuntu Server" task is named "server". With this name, you can generate a list of the related packages:

tasksel --task-packages server

For example, on Ubuntu "Quantal" 12.10:

steven@lat:~$ tasksel --task-packages server | sort
acpid
apport
apport-symptoms
bc
byobu
consolekit
curl
ethtool
fonts-ubuntu-font-family-console
landscape-common
libck-connector0
libcurl3
libevent-2.0-5
libgc1c2
libgpm2
libiw30
libnl-3-200
libnl-genl-3-200
libpam-ck-connector
libpcsclite1
libpolkit-agent-1-0
libpolkit-backend-1-0
libpython2.7
libwhoopsie0
patch
policykit-1
python
python2.7
python2.7-minimal
python3-apport
python3-problem-report
python-apt
python-chardet
python-debian
python-gdbm
python-gnupginterface
python-minimal
python-newt
python-openssl
python-pam
python-pkg-resources
python-serial
python-six
python-twisted-bin
python-twisted-core
python-zope.interface
screen
tmux
update-notifier-common
vim
vim-runtime
w3m
whoopsie
wireless-tools
wpasupplicant
xz-utils
steven@lat:~$ 
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    Thank you! On Ubuntu 16, the tasksel --task-packages server doesn't return the list. – Maxim Masiutin May 1 at 8:13
  • Great reference, but to be fair, I don't think you can actually run those command during the install process, and if you don't have any other machines to simultaneously run Ubuntu on it's hard to tell without prior familarity whether or not you want to install something at the time it asks. – Michael Jul 3 at 21:52

Tha Basic Ubuntu Server package bundle includes:

python-zope.interface
python-lazr.restfulclient
python-serial
ubuntu-serverguide
python-pam
vim-runtime
python-wadllib
python-pycurl
libpcsclite1
python-simplejson
vim
libnl1
python-pkg-resources
python-pexpect
wpasupplicant
python-twisted-bin
python-launchpadlib
libpython2.6
python-twisted-core
python-problem-report
patch
python-oauth
python-lazr.uri
python-apport
libjs-jquery
python-openssl
apport
bc
python-httplib2
wireless-tools
apport-symptoms
libiw30
screen
python-newt
landscape-common
byobu
python-smartpm

Source

  • The basic 11.10/12.04 server package hasn't included byobu for me, IIRC – ish Jun 19 '12 at 22:17
  • byobu was included for me with the basic ubuntu server package. – ohaal Jun 20 '12 at 10:47

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