Ubuntu – Select mirror during installation from live mode


Without customising the Ubuntu live image, is it possible to select a mirror during installation? If not, what are the options available? I can think of customising the image, or somehow using preseeding with Ubiquity.

The annoying thing is that I am booting live Ubuntu over the network (via PXE booting), so the network connectivity is assumed. This causes Ubiquity to try to fetch some things from the mirror, even though, by its admission, it doesn't have "internet connectivity", since we are behind a campus proxy. Because of this, it spends a lot of time trying to fetch something and we have to manually skip that part. We do have a (official) mirror within campus, so we would like to use that.

I'd like a way that doesn't involve customising the live environment, so that I can suggest that as a way for students who use their own USB drives.

(Here is, for example, a question about another problem from live booting over the network that I am facing: Ubuntu Live over PXE Boot sets manual config for networking)

Here are a couple of screenshots from a test on a VM:

Disabled update selection for a VM
Fetching mirror information fails

Here are a couple of screenshots from a test on a laptop:

Note the usage of in.archive.ubuntu.com, even though, following @noleti's advice, I had set ftp.iitb.ac.in as the mirror:
Disabled update selection for a laptop
Fetching mirror info fails on laptop
apt-update and sources.list

Best Answer

This is currently on the wishlist for ubuntu, since 2008, it has been reported on lauchpad, it is bug #202052.

It is also unassigned, so I wouldn't expect it any time soon.

Sorry for it not being better news, but without customising your Live image, it isn't possible.

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