Ubuntu – In “Tasksel” how to select a package

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I found a video on YouTube that shows someone using the command tasksel from the server's boot menu after a fresh install of Ubuntu Server. Simple enough it looked like, but when I go to the options I want to choose for installation it has no information on how to select them, and when I click Enter on one of them it takes me back to the command prompt.

So how do I make a selection of the items listed under tasksel?

I have tried Shift++ to add, but no luck. Anyone know?

I want to install Ubuntu Desktop, as Ubuntu GNOME GUI is not an option in the listing for Ubuntu 17.10 Server.

Best Answer

Open the terminal and type:

sudo tasksel  

A Package configuration window will open. Select a task by scrolling down or pressing the down arrow key ( ) and pressing space. This will put an asterisk beside the selected task and mark it for installation. Tasks that are already installed are marked by an asterisk. If you make a mistake, press space again to unselect a selected task. From the Software selection list select a task and use the Tab key to select <Ok> and then press Enter as shown in the below screenshot:

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Depending on the size of the group of packages in the selected task, you may need to wait a while for the packages in the selected task to finish installing.