Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 107680
RFE: Re-introduce X configuration and individual package selection on installation
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:32 EST
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Description of problem:
As an enhancement request, please re-introduce the install-time X configuration
dialog and individual package selection dialog during installation.
Previous versions of RH allowed some limited configuration of X during the
install. Most importantly, it allowed the selection of either run level 3 or
run level 5 as the default (by selecting "graphical or non-graphical login"). I
have always installed new versions with a run-level of 3 in case there was a
problem with the anaconda-configured X configuration (which there sometimes
were). In fact, with Fedora test3, I was indeed left with a bad X configuration
which caused my system to hang when first booted. Removing this option seems
like a step backward unless Red Hat can guarantee that all X configurations will
work properly as generated by anaconda (which hardly seems possible given the
number of hardware variations out there).
Also, please re-introduce the individual package selection option during
install. There are many packages that are inaccessable from the normal package
selection screens or from the post-install "add and remove packages" utility.
Yes, they can be added manually later, but it was easier with earlier versions
of RH, and thus represents a step backward, especially for experienced users.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora test3, individual package selection and X configurations
dialogs are missing.
Actual Results: I was not able to select run-level 3 ("non-graphical login")
during installation. I was left with a non-functioning X configuration which
required extra steps to fix compared to if I had started from run-level 3.
Also, installer did not present the individual package selection option.
Expected Results: I expected to be able to select non-graphical login (runlevel
3) as the default during the installation.
I expected to be able to individually select several lesser-used packages
instead of having to manually install them from CD later.
As mentioned previously, these changes to the installation seem to be step
backward for experienced users. They may not seem like a big deal, but in both
cases, they resulted in extra work and steps required to fix problems and get
needed packages installed.
The X configuration used for post-install should be as close as humanly possible
to what we use during installation (we're not quite there, but that's the
ideal). So if it works for the install, it should work on the post-install
system. Adding configuration back fixes the wrong problem -- the problem is
that the X configuration wasn't right, not that you couldn't choose run level 3.
And individual package selection is bug 97176