This was going to be a bug, but since fjp says it's now behaving properly, I better first ask. The preferred way to install a Debian system has always been to install a minimal system and then assume an install-on-demand strategy for additional packages. At least, I have heard this to be called "the Debian way of installing", have always advocated, and received amazing amounts of positive feedback about it. In the past, it has been possible to do this by opting not to run dselect or aptitude. The current incarnation of base-config, however, does not give you a choice. Even in expert mode, it displays a task selection screen, and even if I opt for manual package selection (or select nothing at all), I get dumped into aptitude with *a lot* of packages selected. For instance, gcc and friends are all marked for installation, but I don't want those on most of my systems. The policy says: standard These packages provide a reasonably small but not too limited character-mode system. This is what will be installed by default if the user doesn't select anything else. It doesn't include many large applications. which does not read to me that all priority standard packages must be installed on a Debian system. Thus, I feel that choice is being taken away... It's also not how Debian previously worked. The result of this is that users end up with systems that have a lot already installed, whether needed or not. I thought this was the domain of RedHat & Co... Please give the user the option to skip package selection (especially tasksel or whatever is used) and don't force aptitude or tasks on the user in the way that base-config does so right now. I find it especially dangerous to present the user with tasks up front simply because this tends to cause users to install way too much, thereby possibly decreasing the performance and/or security of the system. FWIW, the following two seem to work: 1. Start aptitude and simply quit right back out of it. Unfortunately, the package selection will propagate onwards to the next invocation of aptitude. 2. Simply skip the software installation step. This will leave a minimal system. Comments welcome. -- System Information: Debian Release: 3.1 APT prefers testing APT policy: (600, 'testing'), (98, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental') Architecture: i386 (i686) Kernel: Linux 2.6.8-cirrus Locale: LANG=en_GB, LC_CTYPE=en_GB (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_GB.UTF-8) Versions of packages base-config depends on: ii adduser 3.59 Add and remove users and groups ii apt 0.5.27 Advanced front-end for dpkg ii bsdutils 1:2.12-10 Basic utilities from 4.4BSD-Lite ii console-data 2002.12.04dbs-46 Keymaps, fonts, charset maps, fall ii debconf 1.4.38 Debian configuration management sy ii passwd 1:4.0.3-30.2 Change and administer password and pn tasksel Not found. -- .''`. martin f. krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> : :' : proud Debian developer, admin, user, and author `. `'` `- Debian - when you have better things to do than fixing a system Invalid/expired PGP subkeys? Use subkeys.pgp.net as keyserver!
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