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Bug#386244: tasksel 'Desktop environment' task hangs

Joey Hess wrote:
Chris Lale wrote:
The install is in two halves.

No, etch has not had a two-stage install since early this year.

Sorry, you are right. The CD is removed and the system rebooted after tasksel is finished and grub is installed.

I have begun a new install to refresh my memory. I am using the netinstall CD and my home ADSL modem/router to access a remote mirror. While the installer is running tasksel, an installation step fails:

"Configuring gnome-applets
An installation step failed. You can try to run the failing item again from the menu, or skip it and choose something else. The failing step is: Select and install software"

but I think this is just package dependency problems and nothing to do with tasksel.

I had a similar error during the original install and could not complete installation of the 'Desktop environment' although I had a functioning commandline after reboot. That is why there was no CD in the drive when I re-ran tasksel manually ie I completed the installation despite the 'Desktop environment' task failure, removed the CD, rebooted, logged in as root at the commandline and ran tasksel. Tasksel hung because there was no CD in the drive.

The /etc/apt/sources.list file created during installation still contains a line for the CD source. Aptitude and Synaptic are happy to download and install packages without the d-i netinstall CD in the drive, but tasksel is not. I must manually edit /etc/apt/sources.list in order for tasksel to work. Perhaps other people will get caught out if they try to run tasksel after a netinstall - unless the installer comments out the CD source at the end of installation?


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