[CentOS] Beta question - initial install of packages

Sun Apr 1 10:38:20 UTC 2007
Johnny Hughes <mailing-lists at hughesjr.com>

On Wed, 2007-03-28 at 12:04 +0100, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> Scott R Ehrlich wrote:
> > Am I missing something?   If this is true, and the team is still in development
> > stage, can the EVERYTHING option be restored?
> the idea and concept of 'everything' becomes a bit hazy when you can add 
> repositories youself at install time. Also, you can easily just do a yum 
> install \* post install and get everything that your presently installed 
> repo's have available.
> - KB

BTW ... one should never do an "Everything Install" on a production
machine ... maybe for a machine is specifically for testing or building
the full distro, etc.

An "Everything Install" adds stuff that you will never use, and while
most of the items are not "dangerous" by default, they do not need to be
installed if not used. Even with the mostly conservative default
settings, having services on your machine that you will never use makes
your machine ripe for break ins and a root kit.

Also take into account that there are several packages provided to do
the SAME function (ie, exim, sendmail, postfix; you probably only need 1
mail server ... Evolution, Thunderbird   ...   you probably only need 1
e-mail client, etc.)

There are even some options that conflict.

Everything installs are bad :P ... that is why they are removed

As KB said though ... if you absolutely have to have an everything
install ... then you can either do:

yum install \*


Use pirut (system-config-packages) and select all the categories (and
all the packages).

Johnny Hughes

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