Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 55415
Suggestion on Chapter 3-Package Group Selection
Last modified: 2014-08-04 18:23:21 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have the following suggestion: It would be nice to put, in the
installation guide(Chap3-Package Group Selection), a brief explanation of
each component there is to be selected (custom installation). Like what
packages it installs and what is the function of the package group.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
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There are a few reasons we do not include this information:
1) If you select individual package selection in the installation program, you
can get descriptions for each package available.
2) It is too difficult to maintain and the likelyhood of packages changing or
moving around after we freeze the documentation is very high.
3) We have a limited page count in the Installation Guide and including this
type of content would push it way over the limits we are already hitting.
It is a good suggestion and if our process changes so that these packages are
decided upon for good before we have to finish the manauals (and if our page
count is extended), we will consider putting in these descriptions.
Thanks for writing and for your interest in Red Hat Linux.
I too would like descriptions of the top level package group selection choices.
I'm installing RH72 and although I'm an experienced Linux user, I can only try and
guess what Classic X Window System means, and if I want to install it. Listing
all packages that a given package group choice installs might be overkill and
consume too much of the manual, but one paragraph description for each package
group would be very useful. That information could also be put to the help text
box at left hand side of the package group selection screen.
This is a good suggestion and I will try to have it added for the next release
of the manual. By then, I should be able to figure out what "classic X" is as
Thank you skarkkai that is exacltly what I wanted to convey.
And thank you smoore.
Ok, I'm going to close this bug as deferred. Rather than adding this to the
documentation, we (the docs team) believe this should be part of the
installation program and handled like the individual package descriptions. We
completely agree that this information needs to be added, but think the
installation program is a better place for it than the documentation. We will
continue to work with the developers to ensure this gets the proper treatment.
Yes I agree that in the Installation is better to have all the complete
information and you can always see all the packages or select them during
installation. But maybe just a very general description of the items in (Custom
Installation) would be good for the doc and instalation as well.
As firstname.lastname@example.org mentioned: What "Classic X" means?
Just so it is more user friendly. :-)
True, I see your point and completely agree. But with 30 packages in the custom
class install path, that's a lot of text to add to a manual where there is
almost no room to grow. This is one of the reasons we want it to be covered in
the installer, we just have a limited amount of space available in the printed
manuals. Heck, I still don't know what "Classic X" means so I really do
understand the point of having this information available. I'm just trying to
find the most appropriate way of presenting it so it can reach the widest
Good. In fact the manual could describe briefly only each one of the CONCEPTS
in "Package Group Selection" (The ones that have an Icon) but NOT a description
of the packages!
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