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Bug 586831 - yum groupinstall does not add required groups
yum groupinstall does not add required groups
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: yum (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: James Antill
BaseOS QE Security Team
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Reported: 2010-04-28 08:56 EDT by Matthias Schroder
Modified: 2014-01-21 01:17 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-04-28 10:57:42 EDT
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Description Matthias Schroder 2010-04-28 08:56:36 EDT
Description of problem: When doing a 'yum groupinstall Desktop' the required groups (e.g. 'X Windows' or 'Fonts' are not installed. The installed packages are thus incomplete, and the 'Desktop' not functional.

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How reproducible: 100%

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install machine with Base only
2. yum groupinstall Desktop
Actual results: installed packages not sufficient for functional Desktop (no X, no fonts,...)

Expected results: all packages and groups needed for a functional desktop are installed

Additional info: I see the Desktop category in the comps.xml file, but it seems as if yum does ignore it?
Comment 2 James Antill 2010-04-28 10:06:00 EDT
What are "required groups", and how would yum groupinstall know they are required?
Comment 3 Matthias Schroder 2010-04-28 10:27:16 EDT
As 'required' groups I would consider the groups that are listed with 'groupid' in the 'category' of a group. Sorry for the bad phrasing, probably a leftover from early comps.xml days where groups had required packages (<packagereq type="...) and required groups '<groupreq>...'. I see no groupreq at all in the RHEL6beta comps.xml, but there are the categories. Are the categories only used by anaconda?
Comment 4 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-04-28 10:29:03 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux major release.  Product Management has requested further
review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux Major release.  This request is not yet committed for
Comment 5 James Antill 2010-04-28 10:57:42 EDT
Yes, groupinstall/etc. operates on groups.

I once did a category plugin: http://james.fedorapeople.org/yum/plugins/categories.py

...but it didn't seem like a good idea to have people using that (categories are too heavy weight, in general, to be useful) so it isn't packaged.
Comment 6 Matthias Schroder 2010-04-28 11:15:57 EDT
Why are categories too heavy? I find the idea to have properly defined groups or categories extremely useful. Having groups that do not pull in the required packages or groups are rather useless. What would be the point of (group-)installing 'Desktop', when that does not pull in the 'X Windows' and 'Fonts'?

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