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package collections in software does not work in fedora 19

asked 2013-07-09 02:14:13 -0500

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updated 2013-07-09 05:51:15 -0500

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is this a bug? Information is self evident. I pick on one package collection, say Books etc. I select the collection. I click on Apply Changes. Changes are not applied. So it doesn't work. That is the information. If others have not seen it, it is not a bug. May be, behaviour is specific to my installation. If others have seen it, it is a bug. Behaviour is same on Gnome, Cinnamon. Apper works

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Working alright here. Need more info to help you debug. Try the log files: /var/log/messages or the terminal command for packagekit: pkcon

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-09 05:48:39 -0500 )edit

I've got the same thing. I select, say, Design Suite, click "Apply Changes", then Design Suite shows up in the Pending queue, but nothing further happens. At no point do I get asked for a root/admin password like you usually do. I looked in /var/log/messages and nothing relevant seemed to show up after starting/using the "Software" program. I did a fedup install from Fedora 17 to Fedora 19 in case that might be relevant. If I select an individual package, such as aisleriot, the install process works fine. Thanks.

drnick gravatar imagedrnick ( 2013-07-10 03:00:28 -0500 )edit

drnick described the problem as I experienced it. I invoked a terminal. I used gpk-application command. Same behaviour. However, following incomprehensible messages displayed in the terminal console:* (gpk-application:785): WARNING *: Can't load fallback CSS resource: Failed to import: The resource at '/org/gnome/adwaita/gtk-fallback.css' does not exist

* (gpk-application:785): WARNING *: Can't load fallback CSS resource: Failed to import: The resource at '/org/gnome/adwaita/gtk-fallback.css' does not exist

kkappagantula gravatar imagekkappagantula ( 2013-07-10 10:22:29 -0500 )edit

Package Collections works in Fedora 18. May be not perfect. After "Apply Changes", the program should look for dependencies and list the dependent packages and ask for permission to add the dependent packages. However, the programme seems t break at this point, in my installation. I think the Software Management side of things requires debugging. Catch 22 is experts do not experience the problem. If they cannot replicate the problem as the end users see it, they cannot debug.

kkappagantula gravatar imagekkappagantula ( 2013-07-10 10:36:39 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-09-10 16:00:23 -0500

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updated 2013-09-10 16:23:23 -0500

Fresh install, same problem select several groups, as well as a few individual packages and click on apply changes. The apply changes button vanishes like its thinking but nothing happens. Resource monitor doesn't show any substantial network activity that I would expect, nor any substantial cpu activity like it was locally still busy checking dependencies. Closed software tool and restarted it and could make selections again, but same result on hitting apply changes. Powered off, rebooted and tried again, same result. Just in case it was painfully slow, I left it sitting overnight in the state where I would have expected it to start installing packages, but it was at same state in morning.

Trying again today in a terminal:

[dennis@localhost ~]$ gpk-application  -v | tee gpk.txt
15:48:41    GnomePackageKit Verbose debugging enabled (on console 0)
15:48:41    PackageKit  trying to open database '/var/lib/PackageKit/desktop-files.db'
15:48:41    GnomePackageKit using native mode: 600x300

... Clicked on packages and then on the "Standard" package. Then clicked on the apply button:

15:49:56    PackageKit  emit transaction-list-changed
15:49:56    GnomePackageKit input='Common set of utilities that extend the minimal installation.'
15:49:56    GnomePackageKit continue: 'Common set of utilities that extend the minimal installation.'
15:49:56    GnomePackageKit adding 'Common set of utilities that extend the minimal installation.'
15:49:56    GnomePackageKit output='Common set of utilities that extend the minimal installation.'
15:50:04    PackageKit  adding state 0x17f6ef0
15:50:04    PackageKit  doing install
15:50:04    PackageKit  role now install-packages
15:50:04    GnomePackageKit now wait
15:50:04    PackageKit  emit transaction-list-changed
15:50:04    GnomePackageKit now setup
15:50:04    GnomePackageKit now running
15:50:05    GnomePackageKit now finished
15:50:05    PackageKit  emit transaction-list-changed
15:50:05    PackageKit  remove state 0x17f6ef0
15:50:05    GnomePackageKit failed to install packages: No packages were found in the standard group for standard-()meta.
15:55:09    PackageKit  notify::connected

A coworker has suggested that he has seen this and suspects it is related to selecting both package groups and indiviual packages, which I indeed did the first time I tried to run it. Is there a cache of that request somewhere that I can clear to start over without reinstalling FC19 from scratch again?

Brettle's command line approach seems to work fine, though it doesn't list a "Standard" group. I tried "Editors" which it does list and gpk-package failed in the same way other than the message referring to "the editors group for editors-()meta"

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answered 2013-08-05 00:16:53 -0500

I ran into the same problem with a fresh install of F19. You can workaround it by using:

su -c 'yum groups install "Name of collection"'

To get a list of the available names:

su -c 'yum groups list --verbose'
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