help with package installation in Ubuntu kickstart

Rohit Kumar Mehta rohitm at
Tue Jun 26 17:36:55 BST 2007

Hi guys, I am still fighting with getting certain packages to install in 
a noninteractive kickstart.

It does a wonderful job at getting all the basics right for our 
different machines (most hardware, the partioning and X work great!)
which is why I want to use it.  However I am having some trouble getting 
our customizations working. The only way I know how to work around this 
is with an ugly hack, that is to put my finish script in 
/etc/rc2.d/ and make it rm itself and reboot when 

I can install most packages fine via the %packages directive in my 
ks.cfg, however certain packages like krb5-user are not found.  I tried 
including "universe" with the following:
preseed --owner base-config apt-setup/universe boolean true
url --url
but I still see in syslog "Package krb5-user has no installation candidate"

In /target/etc/apt/sources.list.apt-setup, universe is included
but /target/etc/apt/sources.list contains only:
deb cdrom:[...feisty...]/ feisty main restricted

I tried ignoring the %packages option and kickstart finish script.  I 
simply wget'ed the sources.list I wanted, and ran a bunch of apt-get 
commands.  However, for some reason I cannot get it to install packages 
noninteractively however.  I tried setting the DEBIAN_FRONTEND variable, 
modifying /etc/debconf, and modifying /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf, but 
none of these seem to make any difference from the installer.

If theirs any way to get our packages installed (like krb5-user) through 
the kickstart process, I'd love to do it that way.  If not, I suppose
I should be able to get everything working through a one time script 
which runs on first boot.

Thanks for all the great work on Ubuntu and any advice you can provide!


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