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Bug#759290: debian-installer: 'Automated install' does not delay the locale and keyboard questions

Control: retitle -1 debian-installer: 'Auto install' does not delay questions when DHCP sends preseeding url
Control: tag -1 - unreproducible
Control: severity -1 wishlist

Hi Samuel,

thanks for your quick reply!

On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 01:52:17AM +0200, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> Andreas B. Mundt, le Mon 25 Aug 2014 23:19:03 +0200, a écrit :
> > when experimenting with unattended installations using PXE-boot and
> > preseeding d-i, I did not find the 'Automated install' (auto mode)
> > working as described in [1]:
> >
> >    The auto kernel parameter is an alias for auto-install/enable and
> >    setting it to true delays the locale and keyboard questions until
> >    after there has been a chance to preseed them ...
> >
> > When I choose 'Automated install' from the 'Advanced options' menu,
> > the first questions show up nevertheless (before setting up the
> > network) and I have to answer them or preseed them on the kernel
> > boot line.  Could it be that the delaying functionality got lost?
> No, it is still there, but only if you provide some preseeding URL on
> the boot line or CD image etc. Otherwise it will prompt for the URL, and
> I guess that while at it, there's no point in not configuring the
> keyboard before that.
> At any rate, booting jessie b1 with the Automated install boot entry and
> passing url=http://dept-info.labri.fr/~thibault/preseed-jessie.txt on
> the kernel command line does install a Debian system without any prompt.

You are right, it works indeed when providing a url, just tested it

Before, I was using the method "B.2.5. Using a DHCP server to specify
preconfiguration files" described in [1].  Is there a reason not to
delay the questions with that method?

Perhaps it could be mentioned in [1], but feel free to close this bug
if you think it's inappropriate.

Best regards,


[1] https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/apbs02.html.en#preseed-dhcp

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