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What is in the Workstation Minimal install?

asked 2015-08-31 16:54:34 -0500

andmalc gravatar image

updated 2015-08-31 16:55:08 -0500

What gets installed with the Fedora 22 Workstation 'Minimal' Install option? A command line, a minimal Gnome, or Gnome plus gnome apps only? There's no hint in the installation screen and the documentation doesn't say.

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answered 2015-09-01 00:06:50 -0500

updated 2015-09-01 00:13:49 -0500

There is no such thing as the Workstation Minimal install. An installation packageset is either Workstation, or it is not, and the Workstation live image does not offer package selection.

The minimal install is something totally different, the bare minimum required for core functionality like networking and package management. It does nothing useful out of the box; you must know all packages you need to install to use it.

Here's the info:

[pete@randomuser.org@ruminant ~]$ dnf groups info "Minimal Install"
Last metadata expiration check performed 0:00:30 ago on Tue Sep  1 00:05:28 2015.
Environment Group: Minimal Install
 Description: Basic functionality.
 Mandatory Groups:
   Core
 Optional Groups:
   Guest Agents
   Standard
[pete@randomuser.org@ruminant ~]$ dnf groups info "Core"
Last metadata expiration check performed 0:00:44 ago on Tue Sep  1 00:05:28 2015.

Group: Core
 Description: Smallest possible installation
 Mandatory Packages:
   audit
   basesystem
   bash
   coreutils
   cronie
   curl
   dhcp-client
   dnf
   dnf-yum
   e2fsprogs
   filesystem
   glibc
   grubby
   hostname
   initscripts
   iproute
   iputils
   kbd
   less
   man-db
   ncurses
   openssh-clients
   openssh-server
   parted
   passwd
   plymouth
   policycoreutils
   procps-ng
   rootfiles
   rpm
   selinux-policy-targeted
   setup
   shadow-utils
   sudo
   systemd
   uboot-tools
   util-linux
   vim-minimal
 Default Packages:
   NetworkManager
   authconfig
   dnf-plugins-core
   dracut-config-rescue
   firewalld
   ppc64-utils
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I should have indicated where I saw this option: it was in the Software Selection screen in the installer for the Workstation netinstall image. I forget the exact name of the option. In any case, I'm sure the answer you provided is correct and thank you for showing how to list the group package contents with dnf.

andmalc gravatar imageandmalc ( 2015-09-01 14:53:22 -0500 )edit

Okay, it makes sense for the netinstall. The workstation package selection gives you Workstation, the other things are different.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-09-01 20:36:59 -0500 )edit

Note in turn most of the packages in dnf groups info "Core" require other packages. I'm not sure how to recursively get a full list; rpm -qR audit basesystem bash ... | sort | uniq works after a fashion.

skierpage gravatar imageskierpage ( 2018-09-29 18:30:13 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-08-31 17:31:32 -0500

updated 2015-08-31 17:31:59 -0500

From the Fedora 20 documentation:

Minimal Install

This option provides only the packages essential to run Fedora. A minimal installation provides the basis for a single-purpose server or desktop appliance and maximizes performance and security on such an installation.

Only the console and minimal tools will be installed, so no graphical environment.

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