package selection section has no packages to select

Bug #21214 reported by Joe Barnett on 2005-09-08
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
system-config-kickstart (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

the "Package selection" part of system-config-kickstart displays no packages to
select as part of the kickstart image.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2007-04-19
Changed in system-config-kickstart:
assignee: kamion → nobody
Arthur Lutz (arthur-lutz) wrote :

I have the same problem, has anyone found a solution to this ?

Marcus Asshauer (mcas) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. You reported this bug a while ago and there hasn't been any activity in it recently. We were wondering is this still an issue for you? Can you try with latest Ubuntu release? Thanks in advance.

Changed in system-config-kickstart:
status: New → Incomplete

Same problem with me, on ubuntu 7.10
I don't understand how such a bug can remain for several months, as it is
really an issue: We are preparing to install Ubuntu on a large number
od dektops and laptops. Gutsy is still the latest release (Hardy is still in beta)

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

mcas: Rather than just sending pings, it would really only have taken you a minute or two to install the package and confirm that this bug is essentially still present. Please don't set this to Incomplete again.

Pierre: The reason I haven't addressed this is that it isn't really all that straightforward to present well in the UI, and yet it's very easy to work around and should not block anyone's work. All you need to do is edit the output Kickstart file and list the packages you want in the %packages section.

The package groups listed there don't apply, but you can use "@ Ubuntu Desktop" or "@ Kubuntu Desktop" for the ubuntu-desktop task, and otherwise just use package names.

Changed in system-config-kickstart:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed

hi colin,
If it's not so straightforward, I understand your reasons.
But, I already knew how to use kickstart with redhat, and what I need now is the names
of the Ubuntu groups, if any, to avoid entering hundreds of package names in ks.cfg.

Anyway, you should at least modify the help on package selection, featuring
a window showing all groups with their checkbox. I suspect that
you took this from a redhat box! I take this opportunity to mention an other
(minor) bug: there a shift between the selected item and the displayed help:
  to get the help on 'package selection', you must select 'display configuration"

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

The Ubuntu groups are those listed in 'tasksel --list-tasks'.

Of course this UI came from Red Hat - they invented Kickstart.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I've fixed the context-sensitive help order in my local tree.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2008-07-11
Changed in system-config-kickstart:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2009-01-21
Changed in system-config-kickstart:
assignee: nobody → kamion
codemonk (codemonk) wrote :

sameproblem on 10.04 beta2

Mei (ddouthitt) wrote :

Same problem exists on 10.10 (Maverick). Is a six year old bug normal??? This was reported in 2005, and here it is now 2011.

Fix this already!

Kevin Wolf (kwolf72) wrote :

This makes me a little sad. Still exists in 11.04.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2012-05-17
Changed in system-config-kickstart (Ubuntu):
assignee: Colin Watson (cjwatson) → nobody
Josh Greifer (joshgreifer) wrote :

Unbelievable. This has been unassigned?? This presence of this bug renders the GUI pretty useless.

Eliezer Croitoru (eliezer) wrote :

It's still there in 14.04.

The bug is not making the application useless but rather uncompleted.
There is a link for ubutnu automated deployment:

I am looking for the 14.04 version of this pdf

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