This bug was fixed in the package hw-detect - 1.117ubuntu2.3

hw-detect (1.117ubuntu2.3) xenial; urgency=medium

  * install opal-prd on OpenPOWER machines. LP: #1555904
  * Drop hw-detect.pre-pkgsel.d/20install-hwpackages, as it installs
    universe package, which is probably in itself not useful on
    Ubuntu. LP: #1577833

 -- Dimitri John Ledkov <>  Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:36:54

** Changed in: hw-detect (Ubuntu Xenial)
       Status: Fix Committed => Fix Released

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Status in The Ubuntu-power-systems project:
  Fix Released
Status in debian-installer package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in hw-detect package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in debian-installer source package in Xenial:
  In Progress
Status in hw-detect source package in Xenial:
  Fix Released

Bug description:

   * opal-prd should be installed on OpenPOWER systems

  [Test Case]

   * install power system

   * check that /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/ibm,opal/diagnostics

   * if above is true, check that opal-prd package is installed

  [Regression Potential]

   * Additional package installation is performed, thus the install
  process may take longer, and additional disk space will be used.
  However the new code path is non-fatal, and all errors are ignored,
  thus all installation should still proceed past this point. For
  systems without relevant diagnostics exposed, this code path is a no-

  [Other Info]
   * Original bug report

  Just tried an install with current 16.04 network media, using standard
  server package selections, and it looks like opal-prd isn't installed
  by default:

   [jk@fstn ~]$ dpkg -l opal-prd
   dpkg-query: no packages found matching opal-prd

  This is required for RAS-type functions on OpenPOWER machines; and has
  a similar role to something like acpid, on x86.

  I'm not sure whether filing this against the skiboot package is best,
  or whether this should be moved to something installer-related. Happy
  to shift if necessary.

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