Package Group “X Window System” Has Disappeared

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Until last week, I could install a CentOS 7 based desktop using the following approach:

1. Install minimal system.

2. yum groupinstall “X Window System”

3. yum install gdm gnome-classic-session gnome-terminal liberation-fonts

4. Install applications as needed.

This morning, the package group “X Window System” seems to have disappeared. This is embarrassing.

What happened?


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6 thoughts on - Package Group “X Window System” Has Disappeared

  • Try

    yum groupinstall Xfce

    or yum groupinstall “MATE Desktop”

    or yum groupinstall “GNOME Desktop”

    or yum groupinstall “Server with GUI”


  • Not sure as I don’t have a CentOS 7 install to hand, only RHEL7 on which the “X Window System” group does not exist.

    It does exist on RHEL 5/6 – perhaps you are getting confused between versions?

    You can see the list of valid groups with:

    yum grouplist

  • Works for me, although I have to do “yum group list hidden” to see the
    “X Window System” group (both as available for installation, and as installed once I’ve done the group install invocation). “yum group list hidden” and “yum group list hidden ids” are 2 variations I only learned about recently…

    Nice recipe, BTW, for a simple GUI install. The spacing of the font doesn’t look very good in Gnome terminal though; I must be missing whatever the default font is configured to be.


  • Greg Bailey wrote:

    That’s *weird* . Why would you even want “hidden” groups?

    I was looking on a 7 box, and did see an “environment” group of “Server with GUI”; I also see, under available groups, Desktop, and Desktop Platform. I have no idea what the difference is…. I wish they’d have
    “user install groups” and “expert install groups”, so that when the CentOS
    desktop clobbers Ubuntu, and Mint, and all the rest, those of us who know what we’re doing, and/or working on servers, can install more easily….