Ask Your Question

remove GNOME

asked 2013-07-04 18:30:12 -0500

Natherul gravatar image

Been trying to remove GNOME now for some time... Installed KDE and I got it all running smooth now and I therefor want to remove the GNOME parts and applications to save space.

However when using yum grouplist I can see GNOME Desktop but when doing a yum groupremove "GNOME Desktop" it states that no such group and no such enviroment exists...

What shall I do to get rid of GNOME and all its apps?

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete


See my once it gets moderator approved.

barrycarter gravatar imagebarrycarter ( 2016-11-13 11:12:08 -0500 )edit

2 Answers

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted

answered 2013-07-04 23:09:50 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Sounds like a bug. There's been a restructuring of the package groups. I'm not sure of the current status.

This seems to work for me:

$ sudo yum remove @gnome-desktop

Please note that this will probably remove quite a few system packages that KDE might need. I suggest the following method instead:

$ sudo yum shell
> remove @gnome-desktop
> ts list #check what packages are removed
> install @kde
> ts list #check that system packages aren't removed now
> run

Basically, the shell lets you run more than one command as one transaction. In this case, we're removing gnome and installing kde, ensuring that all packages required by kde are indeed left on the system after the transaction.

edit flag offensive delete link more


after the shell im still getting "No group named gnome-desktop exists"

Natherul gravatar imageNatherul ( 2013-07-05 05:41:43 -0500 )edit

I just double checked and it's working for me. What Fedora version are you on? Did you use the exact commands I've quoted?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-05 10:41:37 -0500 )edit

I use fedora 19. And I even tried to copy paste your code as well as typing it myself. Does not exists is all Im getting.... -.-

Natherul gravatar imageNatherul ( 2013-07-05 16:31:49 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-07-04 19:44:28 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

Instead of using yum directly, try installing and running yumex:

yum install yumex


The first needs root access, the second should be run as a regular user; it will prompt for the appropriate password, but most of it doesn't need (and shouldn't have) root access. Once it's checked for updates, you can select Groups, select Gnome and select whatever packages you want to remove and let it do what's needed.

edit flag offensive delete link more



Only answer that worked was down voted.

Trismegistos gravatar imageTrismegistos ( 2015-02-12 03:27:17 -0500 )edit

The same thing in my case. Removing gnome-desktop desn't work on Fedora 20. I even tried installing and removing it. In the end yumex did all the work - from the beginning it deleted all desktop environments - afterwards I've installed what I need.

bodyachuk gravatar imagebodyachuk ( 2015-02-25 02:21:06 -0500 )edit

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2013-07-04 18:30:12 -0500

Seen: 29,425 times

Last updated: Jul 04 '13