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Description of problem:
Anaconda will install a large tree of unwanted packages during install, without
producing a prompt. This is especially noticeably during kickstart installations
where each package to be installed is explicitly listed.
Some of these packages seem to be the alternative language support for every
supported language, and the dependencies required to satisfy them. If they are
being included to satisfy a dependency, the dependency-resolution prompt should
Others are being included for no apparent reason at all. For example, sendmail
(postfix is being installed by choice), namazu, namazu-devel, openssh,
openssh-clients, openssh-server, openssh-askpass, gtk+, and more.
I've seen this occur both on standard and kickstart installs, although it's
easier for me to quantify with a kickstart installation. It makes putting
together a minimal kickstart install for servers a real nightmare,
package-management-wise. This behaviour was present in previous versions of
RedHat but at much-reduced level: Typically auto-installed packages were tied to
the kernel (i.e. kernel pcmcia support). In 8.0, the field of packages has
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install without specifying one of the (many) specified packages.
Actual Results: Canna was installed.
Expected Results: Packages that aren't specified, either by selecting a group
including them or by selecting them individually, should not be installed.
Unspecified packages I've found installed so far after a kickstart install (this
is by no means complete, only a partial listing):
Created attachment 82444 [details]
ks.cfg that produces no dependency warnings, yet installs many, many unspecified packages
This appears to also indicate some problems with dependency-resolving inside
anaconda itself, as in auditing the resulting installation I'm finding a number
of silently-resolved dependencies for packages that are listed in the ks.cfg
Perhaps the two symptoms (silently resolved dependencies and extraneous package
installations) are symptoms of a larger package-selection problem?
Err, right then. Some, but not all, of these are attributable to what appears to
be a bug in the Core/Base groups auto-inclusion: In auto-including the groups
"Core" and "Base", anaconda doesn't bother to distinguish between 'default' and
'mandatory'. Shouldn't only mandatory packages be installed as part of the
forced-install of Core/Base?
I've found the error in my ks.cfg that was causing the full language support
packages to be installed. A change in the meaning of "lang_support --default
<language>" slipped by under my radar. :)
But this still fails to explain why certain packages *not* listed in Core/Base
that do not have explicit dependencies were also installed (i.e. mutt, net-snmp,
My apologies on the repeated commentary on this. The sticky mess that is package
resolution in anaconda continues to amaze me.
openssh/net-snmp are explained away because they're part of the 'default'
packagelist in the 'base' group. However, I still can't find an explanation for
mutt, as it's part of "text-internet", and has no references to either it, its
group, or the various meta-groups that contain it and its groups, inside 'base'
I've changed the summary line and priority to something more suitable. Getting a
true 'minimal' set of auto-includes, at the very least in the kickstart install,
would be Very Nice. Or, perhaps even better, a flag for ks.cfg to disable
automatic package inclusion, so that only the specified packages get installed.
I'd really hate to be forced to create weird localized kickstart trees just to
get a decent server kickstart going. :)
I think you'll want to read the section on langsupport here:
langsupport --default en_US
which installs all langs and makes en_US the default.