Missing package selection in Ubuntu 10.10 installer

Bug #659964 reported by Sworddragon on 2010-10-13
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pkgsel (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson
Colin Watson

Bug Description

I'm using the the Ubuntu 10.10 alternate CD installing a commandline system with the expert mode enabled. On Ubuntu 10.04 there popuped after some time a menu with a packet selection (if I remember correct a few enries was a samba server, apache tomcat and the last one was manuell packet selection). This menu appears in Ubuntu 10.10 only if I iterate this step (don't remember which it was on the installation).

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Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
Sworddragon (sworddragon) wrote :

I have made an installation with VirtualBox and marked the steps:

1. I used the alternative installation CD (32-Bit).
2. I have choosen "Install a commandline-system" and "Expert mode" in the installation menu.
3. I selected "Install Ubuntu"
4. The problem appeared in the step "Select and install software"

The menu that is here missing is named "Software selection". The installation runs without showing it. But if I if I choose "Select and install software" after it finished the first time tasksel will run at 11% and the menu "Software selection" appears successful.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → New
affects: ubuntu → debian-installer (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2010-11-03
affects: debian-installer (Ubuntu) → pkgsel (Ubuntu)
Changed in pkgsel (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2010-11-03
summary: - Missing packet selection in Ubuntu 10.10 installer
+ Missing package selection in Ubuntu 10.10 installer
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

This is a rather exotic bug. I'm actually not sure why it didn't happen in 10.04!

The way we make this question appear in expert mode but not in other modes is by way of this code in a preseed/early_command:

  . /usr/share/debconf/confmodule; db_get debconf/priority; case $RET in low|medium) db_fset tasksel/first seen false ;; esac

However, this isn't enough to carry that setting over to the debconf database in /target. I suspect that we need to do something like this, clumsy though it is:

  . /usr/share/debconf/confmodule; db_get debconf/priority; case $RET in low|medium) tmp="$(mktemp -t)"; echo 'tasksel tasksel/first seen false' >"$tmp"; debconf-set-selections "$tmp" ;; esac

I'll need to test this before going ahead with it, though.

Changed in pkgsel (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Colin Watson (cjwatson)
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Oops, I almost forgot about this bug. We really, really ought to fix this for Natty.

Changed in pkgsel (Ubuntu Natty):
milestone: none → ubuntu-11.04-beta-2
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2011-04-12
Changed in pkgsel (Ubuntu Natty):
status: Triaged → In Progress
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Fixed and deployed on the CD image build machine:

revno: 1650
committer: Colin Watson <email address hidden>
branch nick: debian-cd
timestamp: Tue 2011-04-12 17:19:15 +0100
  properly transfer setting of tasksel/first seen flag to target (LP: #659964)

Changed in pkgsel (Ubuntu Natty):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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