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Old 10-12-2006, 02:49 AM   #1
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Fedora Core 5 Gnome Installed Anyway

I just did a system re-install, I had a lot of clutter I didn't feel like taking forever to clean up, so I just re-installed my OS. When I did the re-install, I decided to install KDE instead of Gnome, so I just unchecked Gnome and checked KDE. I've got a question though, I'm watching the update process and it's updating packages like "gdm" and "gnome-panel" and I didn't even install Gnome. I'm thinking that one of the packages in this script I wrote had a gnome dependency. It's a script I wrote for just such an occasion as an OS re-install so I don't have to sit here and do it all manually. Could some of you take a quick peek at this and see if you see a package that would have subsequentially installed Gnome without me knowing?

#This script is for use with the Fedora Core 5 Linux Operating System.
#This script is intended for use in the occurrance of an OS re-install, 
#and will install all of the software that I use and update everything 
#so I don't have to do it manually.
#Before running this script, please make sure you have updated and patched yum
#according to
#This script is the original work of Marcus Dean Adams
#If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me at

#This if statement makes sure the user is root.
if [ "$UID" -ne "$ROOT_UID" ]
  echo "You have to be root to run this script."
  exit $E_NOTROOT

#Yum graphical extender.
yum -y install yumex

#Multimedia codecs.

mkdir /usr/local/lib/codecs/

mkdir /usr/lib/win32

tar xvfj all-20060611.tar.bz2

rm all-20060611.tar.bz2

cp ./all-20060611/* /usr/local/lib/codecs/

chmod 755 /usr/local/lib/codecs/*

cp /usr/local/lib/codecs/* /usr/lib/win32/

rm -rf ./all-20060611

#MP3 Support
yum -y install gstreamer-plugins-ugly

yum -y install bittorrent-gui

yum -y install xine xine-lib xine-skins

#MPlayer Browser Plugin

rpm -Uvh mplayerplug-in-3.25-1.fc5.i386.rpm

rm mplayerplug-in-3.25-1.fc5.i386.rpm

#Python Tools such as IDLE
yum -y install python-tools

#Installs rdesktop, a utility for accessing Windows machines with Remote Desktop
yum -y install rdesktop

#Smb4k - An application that enables the easy mounting of Windows shares
yum -y install smb4k

#Updates everything
yum -y update

#NVidia Driver
yum -y install kmod-nvidia

#Restarting so updates will take effect.
echo ""
echo "This script brought to you by Marcus Dean Adams, questions or comments can"
echo "be e-mailed to me at"
echo ""
echo "Script complete, restarting in 1 minute so updates will take effect..."
echo "Please close any running programs and save any unsaved work..."
/sbin/shutdown -r +1
Old 10-12-2006, 04:59 AM   #2
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It's more likely to be another package in the Fedora install which is causing Gnome to install (Evolution, maybe?). You can check if any of the packages you installed via your script are to blame by doing
yum deplist <package>
yum deplist yumex
That should give you a list of all the dependencies for the package.

You might want to check the install logs in /root for any indication of why/when the Gnome packages went in.

Old 10-21-2006, 09:14 AM   #3
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Yeah I just found a lot of holes in that script. Upon re-installing my OS I just remembered that I have to patch yum and all kinds of things, none of which are automated in this script.


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