[kwlug-disc] how to create a debian "preseed" file corr. to an existing system?

Andrew Sullivan Cant acant at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Sun Aug 16 12:53:47 EDT 2009


Lori,

That could be very handy. I have been thing that I need a system tl auto-install Debian systems but I never made the time to look into it.

I did have a quick look at the documentation for Puppet, an automate configuration engine, and it looked like that had a method for auto-installing packages too. It The claimed that it would monitor and update remote configurations as necessary.

But that might be overkill for what Rob is looking for.

Andrew
 
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> Here is the preseeding manual for Debian:
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> http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/apb.html
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> Looks like debconf-get-selections is what you want.
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> A handy command to get a list of all installed packages on a system is:
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> dpkg --get-selections > installed_packages.list
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> Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> >  i'm sure there's a simple answer to this, but i'd like to create a
> > preseed file that corresponds to an *existing* system.  on red hat
> > systems, that corresponds to the system-config-kickstart utility.
> > something similar on debian?  thanks.
> >
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