I want to install Ubuntu without using Ubiquity. I want to install it through the command line only. Not looking for Ubuntu Server install. Just help on how I can install it through the command line.

I know in Arch Linux you can use pacstrap base to install a basic system. Is there any way I can manually extract the file system from the LiveCD?

  • Why not server install?
    – Tim
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:24
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    You can use debootstrap for a similar purpose, but it isn't available by default in any of the Ubuntu ISOs.
    – muru
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:26
  • So, how can I use debootstrap to copy the filesystem from my ISO to the new filesystem?
    – crank123
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:29
  • Or, install a very basic system.
    – crank123
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:35
  • Well, first either you'd have to customize the ISO before preparing bootable media, or have internet available while installation. Which will it be?
    – muru
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:37

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Ubuntu does have Minimal CDs that are 35MB - 40MB in size that install the base system and allow you to do command line installation. They also let you choose only the packages that you want to install.


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