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

Ok, that makes sense. What I was trying to do was just install a Debian system with the particular stuff I wanted, and I wanted to connect to the network before installation so I could use a minimal iso and download stuff during installation. What I actually did was just use a bigger iso image with a lot of stuff, including network manager, included, which worked fine (and I connected after installing). So yeah, I guess in terms of convenience what I'm asking for wouldn't add much, and although I don't understand much of the technical stuff you said, I interpret your message as saying the cost of implementing it in the installer would be, comparatively, very high, for small benefit, and I can see that now.

Thanks for the reply.

On Tue, 2016-06-28 at 14:05 +0200, Neil Williams wrote:
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.

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