Bug 88400 - De-selected package installed
De-selected package installed
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-04-09 16:06 EDT by William WK Lee
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:52 EDT (History)
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Description William WK Lee 2003-04-09 16:06:06 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 

Description of problem:
Red Hat Linux 9 Text Mode Installation Fault: I start the installation in text 
mode by specifying "linux text" at the boot prompt.  At the package selection 
manual, I de-select Webserver, X Windows system and Gnome windows manager.  
However, all these are installed and a Xconfigurator is presented at the end of 
the installation!

So poor in package management.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. At the boot prompt, type "linux text"
2. Follow the installation steps till selection of package
3. De-select webserver, X Windows system and Gnome
4. Let the installation complete.


Actual Results:  The de-selected items of Apache, XFree86, Gnome, etc. are 

Expected Results:  The de-selected packages should not be installed.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Mike Hoye 2003-09-02 23:10:10 EDT
The RH9 installer doesn't seem to care much about what you actually choose,
whether you're using text-only or graphical installers. I have unsuccessfully
tried to get through the process without installing cups, sendmail and anything
gnome-related, but the installer not only installs cups and sendmail anyway, but
they're up and running after the first reboot.

In install-related news, you can't actually uninstall them through the GUI at all.

Comment 2 Charles Curley 2003-10-02 13:36:44 EDT
I'll add this here rather than file a new bug, as it may be related. I found
this on severn Betas 1 and 2. I have not tested for it on RH 9.

OpenOffice.org has three RPMs, of an average size of 35 MB. If you install the
Office/Productivity group, you get all three. Fine. If you select
Office/Productivity and then deselect OpenOffice.org, openoffice-i18n-1.0.2-4
and openoffice-libs-1.0.2-4 are installed anyway. They have no purpose other
than to support openoffice-1.0.2-4, and can be removed immediately after
[root@issola root]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3             1.6G  1.3G  235M  85% /
/dev/hda2              98M  6.2M   87M   7% /boot
none                   34M     0   34M   0% /dev/shm
[root@issola root]# rpm -e `rpm -qa | grep openoffice`
[root@issola root]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3             1.6G  1.1G  460M  71% /
/dev/hda2              98M  6.2M   87M   7% /boot
none                   34M     0   34M   0% /dev/shm
[root@issola root]#

The problem is reproducable with kickstart files. The only workaround of which I
am aware is to use a kickstart file and deselect all the packages you don't want.

This error costs 225MB, which is significant on older machines, such as those
used by non-profits, educational institutions, and in poorer countries where
folks don't have a lot of money.
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2004-10-04 23:09:14 EDT
This should be better in newer releases.

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