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Documentation of "Base Environment"

Posted: 2020/02/03 14:51:28
by frigge
Hi guys,

I'm just installing a fresh VM with CentOS 8 and I was wondering if there is a documentation what is contained in the "Base Environment" packages and the additional software packages, which you can setup during the installation step "Software Selection".

What additional packages and configuration come with "Server with GUI"? Whats the difference to "Workstation"? Is there a different GUI installed? What tools are installed, which not ...

Long story short, is there a package list available for each option?
Screenshot attached.

Thank you!

Best regards

Re: Documentation of "Base Environment"

Posted: 2020/02/03 22:12:59
by sml
From Performing a standard RHEL installation:
To view the packages contained in a specific environment, see the repository/repodata/*-comps-repository.architecture.xml file on your installation source media (DVD, CD, USB). The XML file contains details of the packages installed as part of a base environment. Available environments are marked by the <environment> tag, and additional software packages are marked by the <group> tag.
See e.g. ... x86_64.xml

Re: Documentation of "Base Environment"

Posted: 2020/02/03 22:32:54
by frigge
Hi sml,

thanks! My hope was that there is a wiki page or something similar, where I can check the groups content, before installing. The xml file is not that nice to read :D

Meanwhile I installed a minimal basic installation and red the manual for RHEL8, especially the chapter of "yum group": ... ular-tasks

For everyone else who was also looking for that, a short summary:

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yum group list //List of all available groups
yum group list hidden //Shows a bit more group ;-)
yum group info "Group Name" //Shows the group content
yum group install "Group Name" //Installs the default packages of this group
yum group install "Group Name" --with-optional //Installs also the optional packages of this group
Best regards

P.S.: Is it possible to mark threads as solved? :)

Re: Documentation of "Base Environment"

Posted: 2020/02/03 22:58:31
by summitflier
If you're feeling brave,
you can do a yum group install "my Group"
be sure not to use a -y (auto answer). Then it will show you what is going to be installed, but not actually install it.
another option is... cd /tmp
yum group install -y "my Group" --downloadonly --downloaddir=.

Then you can look at the RPMs to see what it downloaded. Without them actually being installed.