How to do a minimal install

Asked by Melck


I tried the new installer and tried doing a minimal install of Ubuntu to create a basic vm template. When I was using the old legacy installer I configured the preconfiguration with `tasksel tasksel / first multiselect ubuntu-minimal`.

How can I specify (or see) the list of default packages for the installation?

Do you plan to add an option in the future to allow this or these possibilities will disappear to standardize the installation?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

The server install has a meta-package "ubuntu-server" which pulls in the below:

You can use preseeding to set install options and packages to install at install time. Alternatively you can use systems like chef/puppet to ensure systems have a standardised configuration.

Is this what you mean?

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Bernard Stafford (bernard010) said :
#2 - The Ubuntu desktop minimal system. This is a minimal desktop environment. - Minimal core of Ubuntu 20.04 This is the standard minimal install package list.

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Melck (m3lchior) said :

I am not specific enough. I am in a packer + autoinstaller context (see

Currently I have no way to avoid installing ubuntu-server and ubuntu-standard.

I'm using the late_commands to uninstall and purge them, like this:

- curtin in-target --target=/target -- apt-mark auto ubuntu-standard ubuntu-server
- curtin in-target --target=/target -- apt-get autoremove --purge -y

There is another way to do it ? Do you plan to let user choose ?

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