[CentOS] yum groupinstall 'GNOME Desktop' fails

Wed Apr 17 17:00:36 UTC 2019
mark <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Warren Young wrote:
> I’ve got a CentOS 7 VM here that was installed with one of the CLI-only
> presets.  To answer a question in another thread here, I wanted to
> install a GNOME desktop environment in it, so I went searching and found
> the standard instructions for doing that.
> The problem is that rebooting the VM gives me a black screen after it
> finishes the text booting parts.  There’s an X cursor, and wiggling the
> mouse moves it, but I get no gray login screen.
> Pressing Ctrl-Alt-F2 and logging into a text console works.  Saying
> “startx” brings X back up again — indicating that it does find the proper
> X drivers and such — but now I get just a few default icons on the
> desktop, but no top and bottom toolbars:
> https://imgur.com/IMI9Gh9
> So, the GNOME shell is also broken.
> I’ve repeated the yum groupinstalls for “GNOME Desktop”, “Server with
> GUI” and “Graphical Administration Tools.”  yum claims everything is
> fine.
> Short of installing another VM with a GUI enabled from the start, I’m
> stuck.
I just don't know if groupinstalling GNOME Desktop install xorg....