Installing Default Packages

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lowerBoundry
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Installing Default Packages

Post by lowerBoundry » 2019/04/18 18:07:15

Hi all.
I'm new to...... well everything. I have CentOS running on WSL (Windows 10) using: https://github.com/fbigun/WSL-Distro-Ro ... tag/v0.0.1
It appears there are no packages on this build, as even using sudo results in "command not found". OK, I know enough to yum install sudo, but if http://mirror.centos.org/centos/7/os/x86_64/Packages/ is the full list of default packages, I'll never get them all installed.

My question is, can I run a single command that will install all of the packages that would have been included on a regular non-GUI build? I've already yum -y update so I think I'm ready to go.

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Re: Installing Default Packages

Post by TrevorH » 2019/04/18 18:21:54

That isn't CentOS and doesn't use our yum repos. You'll need to request support from whoever runs that git repo.
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Re: Installing Default Packages

Post by lowerBoundry » 2019/04/18 18:24:13

EDIT: cat /etc/centos-release returns: CenOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core) so that feels like something is right. YUM also seems to work, as I've installed sudo, man, openssh, and some others.

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Re: Installing Default Packages

Post by desertcat » 2019/04/20 06:06:56

lowerBoundry wrote:
2019/04/18 18:24:13
EDIT: cat /etc/centos-release returns: CenOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core) so that feels like something is right. YUM also seems to work, as I've installed sudo, man, openssh, and some others.


TrevorH is right. Given that you are "NEW"to well.. everything". The BEST suggestion is to start over from the ground up:

1) Go to Mirror list [ https://www.centos.org/download/mirrors/ ] and pick a mirror near near you [Example: https://mirrors.ocf.berkeley.edu/centos/ ]. Pick the version of CentOS you wish to Download from the Index [Example: 7.6.1810]. Find isos/ => x86_64 and click on it => find CentOS-7-x86_74-DVD-1810.iso. A box will pop up select Download and SAVE the file.

2) Once the download is complete go back to the parent directory and download sha256sum.txt. This will certify that the copy you downloaded was not corrupted.

3) Once you have certified that you have a clean copy, burn it to a DVD/CD-ROM or Thumb Drive and proceed to do the install.

4) Unless you have a MAD reason during your install you will given an option what packages you want to install. DO NOT select a "Minimal Desktop" as all that will give you is a Console -- it is very MINIMAL. DO SELECT one of the other options + GUI! There is no valid reason NOT to have a GUI -- maybe in the OLD days, but not today where HDD's under 1 TB are virtual extinct, and SSD's under 500 GB are becoming scarcer every day. Linux is not some behemoth OS that eats up everything like Windows does. Even if all you are doing is using CentOS as some type of Server -- say print, or time server -- a GUI will make administration of the server a lot easier. Given you are -- by your own admission -- "NEW to well... everything", and I seriously doubt that you are either a UNIX or DOS junky, a CLI ONLY is probably best avoided. By DEFAULT the GUI for RHEL is GNOME, an alternate is KDE, which is a superb GUI, but for reasons unknown, starting with CentOS 8.0 KDE will no longer be an option. Unlike Windows, Linux will support multiple Desktop Environments (DE). I would also select as part of my package selection KDE and experiment with both GNOME and KDE. While KDE is going away, it will NOT happen overnight. Should you LIKE KDE, there *is* another DE that is very KDE-like called Cinnamon, which is the one I will be migrating to.

5) Given that you are a "Windows Refuge" may I suggest that you see if you can find an experienced Linux hand, and preferably someone who knows RHEL/CentOS? Unlike brain dead Windows where M$ thinks they know what is best for you and all you have to do is say "install" and you don't have to think of anything else, with Linux you have a gazillion options that will allow you to CUSTOMIZE YOUR computer to the way YOU want it, not the way M$ says you want it. BTW just for your own curiosity I am a M$ 10 "Insider" and I get to "play" the latest and greatest versions of M$ Windows 10. The only time I run Windows-anything is as a Virtual Machine. Having someone who *knows* Linux will help you decide on what options are available to choose from and which YOU want, from those which you do NOT want. Depending upon you your choices, the needed packages will then be installed that support your choice/s, while omitting those packages that are extraneous.

Hope this helps you.

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Re: Installing Default Packages

Post by TrevorH » 2019/04/20 13:43:00

WSL are specially built versions of everything. You don't have the same binaries running on Windows as on llnux, it's all rebuilt to run on it. CentOS has nothing at all to do with anything that is available via WSL.
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Re: Installing Default Packages

Post by lowerBoundry » 2019/04/24 16:38:17

Thank you everyone, I appreciate you're feedback.

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