In RHL72, a new feature was added to Upgrade option.
If one has 'XFree86' package installed, and not either gmc, nautilus or kdebase,
anaconda will automatically install gnome with a message:
Upgrade: System has X but no desktop -- Installing GNOME
This adds a *huge* load of gnome cruft to the system.
There are perfectly valid reasons for running with XFree86 but without a 'desktop', e.g.:
1) have XFree86, XFree86-libs, XFree86-xfs, Mesa, Xaw3d installed; with these, you
can install & run most simple X programs over X11 forwarding. These are sufficiently minimal
so they can be installed on some servers too. The above list could be shortened a bit too.
2) above plus some very simple window manager like fvwm2 or twm -- no stuff like gmc
or nautilus required!
==> Upgrades MUST NOT _silently_ add (about all) Gnome packages with these conditions.
Prompting the user would be ok I guess.
This is because otherwise, upgrading from a release which didn't use GNOME to
the current release can leave you without any desktop system. Matt?
diff -u -r22.214.171.124 upgrade.py
--- upgrade.py 27 Feb 2002 00:16:13 -0000 126.96.36.199
+++ upgrade.py 12 Mar 2002 22:05:36 -0000
@@ -20,6 +20,7 @@
from flags import flags
from fsset import *
from partitioning import *
@@ -420,9 +421,23 @@
+ currentVersion = 0.0
+ recs = db.findbyprovides('redhat-release')
+ except rpm.error:
+ recs = None
+ for rec in recs:
+ vers = string.atof(db[rec][rpm.RPMTAG_VERSION])
+ except ValueError:
+ vers = 0.0
+ if vers > currentVersion:
+ currentVersion = vers
# if we have X but not gmc, we need to turn on GNOME. We only
# want to turn on packages we don't have installed already, though.
- if hasX and not hasFileManager:
+ # Only do this mess if user is upgrading from version older than 6.0.
+ if hasX and not hasFileManager and currentVersion < 6.0:
text = "Upgrade: System has X but no desktop -- Installing GNOME"
id.upgradeDeps ="%s%s\n" % (id.upgradeDeps, text)
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.