OEM mode does not work on server images

Bug #1411124 reported by Martin Pitt on 2015-01-15
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debian-installer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I just downloaded today's vivid amd64 server image (http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/cdimage/ubuntu-server/daily/20150114/) and selected OEM mode in gfxboot. d-i asked me for an user name/password, but not an OEM user password or the OEM label, nor did it write "OEM" anywhere, so this looks like OEM mode isn't working.

After the install finished, there is indeed no oem user nor oem* package installed.

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

installer syslog.

Jan 15 06:43:15 kernel: [ 0.000000] Command line: file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu-server.seed vga=788 initrd=/install/initrd.gz quiet -- debian-installer/language=de keyboard-configuration/layoutcode?=de oem-config/enable=true

This shows that I did select OEM mode in gfxboot, but it didn't have any effect.

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :


Ah, this is quite interesting. I was seeing the same issue with OEM, as well as with accessibility features, etc. I had not noticed that these settings are added after the -- separator.

This would most likely be caused by the same thing as I just fixed in d-i -- the kernel strips out anything after "--"; so if one edits the separator to be --- on the command line and tries to use the boot menu options, they will work.

I'm marking this as a duplicate of bug 1427252; the fix should make it in the archive soon, and following that new images should work properly.

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