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OL8 Beta whiptail missing

Wayne Pugsley
Wayne Pugsley Member Posts: 4 Blue Ribbon
edited May 23, 2019 12:06PM in Oracle Linux and UEK Preview


I have been testing out the new OL8 BETA and we create a lot of our own custom installs that use very detailed kickstart scripts. In these scripts we have large %pre sections that call other scripts and gather user inputs before proceeding with an automated install etc. On OL6 and 7 we do this using whiptail but on the OL8 BETA the whiptail command does not exist. I ran a “compgen -c | sort -u” and whiptail is not listed.

so has whiptail been officially removed from the initial OL8 boot image used during the initial build process or is this an omission from the BETA that will be corrected in the final release? It is available / installed as a package after a standard install but just NOT available during the initial boot image used by the likes of kickstart etc.




  • user11317232
    user11317232 Member Posts: 1
    edited May 22, 2019 1:18AM

    Whiptail is part of the package newt, which is not included in the Fedora 28 boot iso. Since the upstream distribution is based on Fedora 28, I'd assume it will not be part of the OL8 final image.

    However, rebuilding the boot ISO using lorax is very straightforward, so newt can be easily added to the installer.

  • Wayne Pugsley
    Wayne Pugsley Member Posts: 4 Blue Ribbon
    edited May 23, 2019 12:06PM

    Thanks for the reply. Indeed whiptail is part of the newt package and is available in all the OL7 boot images as we use whiptail a huge amount during our kickstart builds. Not having it available in OL8 during the kickstart boot / build phase will not be acceptable to us as a huge Oracle partner unless there is an alternative to it that is just as easy / lightweight to use that does the exact same functionality.

    Ideally we do not want to have to rebuild the boot ISO etc every time.

    There is also no mention at all in the OL8 documentation that this feature is no longer available to use during kickstart builds etc.