Building debian-installer with network-console, how do I avoid desktop?

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  1. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    I want to install Debian 7.2.0 x64 server with dm-crypt/LUKS and LVM on a remote machine. I'll have temporary console access. But for now, "remote" means "next to me".

    I'm building debian-installer with network-console using the standard method. The "remote" machine is initially running Debian 7.2.0 x64 server. I put the debian-installer image and debian-installer-rd.gz initrd in the "remote" machine's /boot, and reconfigured grub2 to boot debian-installer by default.

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    Is there a string for "preseed.cfg" that will make the remote installation process more like installing locally? Or can I specify what packages to include in a general way, with categories like those in the standard checklist of software to install? I have studied <> and grub2 documentation, and don't see anything obvious.

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    Edit: OK, so I've found <>. Much food for thought. But I'd still appreciate a simple solution ;)

    Edit2: OK, I've gotten it to work :) Working from example-preseed.txt, it was easy. Basically, without "d-i auto-install/enabled", you're prompted for whatever you haven't specified. In retrospect, that's pretty obvious.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013
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