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Tasksel package provides a simple interface for users who want to configure their system to perform a specific task. This program is used during the installation process, but users can also use tasksel at any time.


Desktop environment

Sample use

tasksel (Start the User-interface screenshot)


tasksel --list-tasks (List the tasks available on a system.)

tasksel --task-packages web-server (List the packages that would be installed by that task)

Note that in DebianWheezy and beyond tasksel provides and uses dummy packages (known as meta packages) to pull required dependencies. for example:

"standard" task

The standard task is a special task used by Debian Installer. It actually relies on the packages's priority.

What does the "standard system" task include?

tasksel --task-packages standard

which is an aptitude search string that equates to aptitude search ~pstandard ~prequired ~pimportant -F%p

"laptop" task

The laptop task is a special task use by Debian Installer, to pull the packages useful on a laptop:

tasksel --task-packages laptop