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Bug#826189: debian-installer: unable to set up advanced network connections from installer

severity 826189 wishlist
tag 826189 + moreinfo

On Fri, 03 Jun 2016 01:06:36 -0400 nick <nicholas00pontillo@gmail.com>
> Package: debian-installer
> Version: 20160516+b1
> Severity: normal
> Dear Maintainer,
> I cannot find a way to do anything other than enter WEP/WPA2
> passwords and SSIDs. Specifically I would like to be able to connect
> to networks with PEAP authentication from the installer, but this is
> not currently possible as far as I can tell. I would like for us to
> basically be able to do anything from the installer that we can do
> from the network-manager application.

It is unlikely that the installer will ever have comparable levels of
support to the final running system, if only due to the dependencies of
an installed application and the lack of available support during the
operation of the installer. It's a corner case that is unlikely to meet
the needs of more than a handful of users.

Are you trying to use this authentication to operate the installer or
simply to configure in the installed image automatically?

If you simply need to configure the system after install (e.g. you
could use a DVD image to provide the packages to install and setup the
network mirror later) then it should be easy to create a script/package
which does this step once the system is fully/mostly installed.

One other way to do this would be to do a secondary install - deploy
the system with a ramdisk or NFS or similar which would be able to make
the network connection and then do a manual install onto the media,
e.g. using debootstrap.


Neil Williams

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