tasksel --task-packages does not list packages in task

Bug #1576279 reported by emueller@ennit.de on 2016-04-28
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tasksel (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

On a fresh installed Unbuntu 16.04 LTS amd64 Server system the application tasksel is not working properly.
Normally the following command sould list all the packages installed when choosing the task server:

tasksel --task-packages server

however on different installs of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS server amd64 this commandline only produces the following output:

~$ sudo tasksel --task-packages server
server^

Comparing straces from an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS amd64 server and an Ubuntu 16.04 LTS amd64 server shows, that the applications seems to be doing it's job and searches for the relevant packages but the difference is the output.
It might be worth mentioning the the 'broken' tasksel on 16.04 still exists with 0 as if everything is ok.

~$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Release: 16.04

~$ dpkg -l tasksel
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
+++-=============================-===================-===================-===============================================================
ii tasksel 3.34ubuntu3 all tool for selecting tasks for installation on Debian systems

~$ apt-cache show tasksel
Package: tasksel
Priority: optional
Section: admin
Installed-Size: 244
Maintainer: Ubuntu Installer Team <email address hidden>
Original-Maintainer: Debian Install System Team <email address hidden>
Architecture: all
Version: 3.34ubuntu3
Depends: debconf (>= 0.5) | debconf-2.0, liblocale-gettext-perl, apt, tasksel-data, perl-base (>= 5.14.0-1)
Pre-Depends: debconf (>= 1.5.34) | cdebconf (>= 0.106)
Conflicts: base-config (<< 2.32), debconf (<< 1.4.27)
Filename: pool/main/t/tasksel/tasksel_3.34ubuntu3_all.deb
Size: 32524
MD5sum: 05c0b76cba96994749089b55e3708069
SHA1: fbb72d7ef405c7af55f7650189d66586b643ae55
SHA256: f32056ce191459a7d88130fcb7913b3cacf6f9e96a4107a859b36828b5948c04
Description-en: tool for selecting tasks for installation on Debian systems
 This package provides 'tasksel', a simple interface for users who
 want to configure their system to perform a specific task.
Description-md5: cbbb747708986d11ea77c80b9b038fec
Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
Origin: Ubuntu
Supported: 5y
Task: ubuntustudio-audio

description: updated
M.Witte (m-witte-d) wrote :

same problem here.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in tasksel (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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