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On my ClearOS6 server I installed gnome and vncserver for a remote desktop access. I have often found it valuable, I use it maybe once or twice a month. I see two scripts on the system that I believed I used for gnome setup:

# cat ginstall
yum --enablerepo=clearos-core,clearos-epel install gnome-desktop gnome-panel gnome-applets gnome-screensaver gnome-system-monitor nautilus-open-terminal gnome-backgrounds gnome-common gnome-disk-utility gnome-system-log gnome-utils system-config-date system-config-services nautilus-actions

# cat gedit.1
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides
"{'Gtk/ShellShowsAppMenu': <0>}"

Does the first 'look right' for adding gnome for ClearOS7? As you do not provide a Gnome Desktop group to install.

I really can't remember what the second was for. I will probably have to ask over on the Centos or Fedora list..

Then I have to figure out how to install, config, vncserver for 7.

Of course if there was an 'easy' way to configure Xfce instead, as that is what I use on all of my Fedora systems....
Tuesday, May 23 2017, 08:51 PM
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Thursday, May 25 2017, 08:04 PM - #Permalink
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I did use the clearos-epel.repo provided. It seems this is a problem with Centos7, and I will have to submit a bug report.

I HAVE gotten it installed enough to use. I HAVE gotten vncserver working well enough (errors generated but I get connected) to use.

No background (all black), no leafpad (using geany), no NetworkManager, no sensor applet (that may be that Centos is so far behind Fedora).

But I got my remote GUI to my server for when I need it. One nice thing is that I can start a real long running rsync backup or such and let the vnc client close and not worry about the rsync getting interrupted as it might in an ssh session.

And having Thunar for the GUI file manager is helpful as well.
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    Thursday, May 25 2017, 11:33 PM - #Permalink
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    not worry about the rsync getting interrupted as it might in an ssh session.

    Use the "screen" utility from ssh for such long-running programs. You can disconnect from screen and log out of ssh if you wish. Later log back into ssh if necessary and then connect to screen. Even have multiple "screens" from one ssh session. Less resource intensive than vnc with a gui. Always install this here onto ClearOS here...

    Lots of help for this on the 'web' eg
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    Thursday, May 25 2017, 08:52 PM - #Permalink
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    NetworkManager should not be an issue. ClearOS does not use it and I believe it breaks ClearOS if you do use it.

    For rsync, if you launch your command from an ssh session but add a "&" at the end of the command, rsync will fork into the background. You can then shut the ssh terminal and the rsync command will keep running.
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    Thursday, May 25 2017, 04:39 PM - #Permalink
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    You can try:
    yum list --show-duplicates --enablerepo=clearos-centos*,clearos-epel* package1 package 2 .....
    Have a look to see which repos they are in and make a sensible choice if you find them.

    BTW it is better to use clearos-epel rather than vanilla epel.
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    Thursday, May 25 2017, 02:33 PM - #Permalink
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    Enabling the centos repos picks up gnome as a group, but not xfce, nor the missing rpms. On the Centos list it was suggested I add epel. Adding epel only adds the pulseaudio-plugin; nothing else.

    So it appears that Centos7 itself is broken WRT Xcfe at some level of brokeness. Now I have to decide if I install Xfce as it is and continue to make noise about it on the Centos list, or punt back to gnome.

    ClearOS has been the only platform for some time with a GUI running Gnome here. All else have moved to Xfce. Like its lower memory and power usage.
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    Thursday, May 25 2017, 11:54 AM - #Permalink
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    Have you looked in the clearos-centos and clearos-centos-updates repos? It should be safe to enable them permanently, but it must be done as a pair.
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    Wednesday, May 24 2017, 10:37 PM - #Permalink
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    I am attempting to install the Xfce desktop. From a Centos7-x64 system We have:

    > yum group info Xfce
    Group: Xfce
    Group-Id: xfce-desktop
    Description: A lightweight desktop environment that works well on low end machines.
    Mandatory Packages:
    Default Packages:
    Optional Packages:
    Conditional Packages:

    CentOS Linux release 7.3.1611 (Core)

    When I clean this up into a file xfce.lst and run:

    yum install $(cat xfce.lst | tr '\n' ' ')

    I see the following warnings:

    No package xfce-utils available.
    No package NetworkManager-gnome available.
    No package leafpad available.
    No package xfce4-icon-theme available.
    Package xfce4-mixer is obsoleted by xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin, trying to install xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.2.4-4.el7.x86_64 instead
    No package xfwm4-theme-nodoka available.

    I like leafpad, and some of those others look valuable. Can someone help me out with these?

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