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Fedora 21 - How do install Mate and all packages like before?

asked 2014-12-11 19:30:22 -0500

JimLewis gravatar image

updated 2014-12-12 16:56:49 -0500

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I have been using Fedora since version 1. I currently have F20 on three machines and it was relatively easy to install. I can't seem to figure out how to get Mate and all packages on Fedora 21. I have tried 3 DVDs so far, only the Mate-Compbiz spin was close. However, it is missing too many of the packages I need. Yes, I suppose I could track down each and every package and yum install them, but that sounds pretty lame. Can anyone help?

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answered 2014-12-11 21:11:19 -0500

updated 2014-12-11 23:43:00 -0500

To start, you could use the MATE spin, but you already found that :)

On your F20 machine, you can use the show-installed utility to get a list of packages, like this:

show-installed --format=yum --output=my-installed-packages.list

Copy the list to the new installation, and use it to install the packages.

yum install $(cat my-installed-packages.list)

Since you probably installed some packages besides the default, this is a good way to replicate the software choices you had available before.

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Wow, I did not know about the show-installed command but should have. This will probably accomplish what I am trying to do, however, eventually I would like to know how to install a new system "the right way". Thanks very much for your reply. BTW, there needs to be an "=" sign between "--output" and "my-installed-packages.list".

JimLewis gravatar imageJimLewis ( 2014-12-11 22:49:38 -0500 )edit

Edited, thanks.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-12-11 23:40:12 -0500 )edit

Interesting. This "show-installed" command is pretty cool but seems to have some issues. For one, it does not seem to be showing that Java (full development platform) is installed on my Fedora 20 system. rpm -qa certainly shows it. Also, I don't know how but the command now does not ever complete. Was working fine before and still currently works on my other F20 system and on F21.

JimLewis gravatar imageJimLewis ( 2014-12-13 14:46:40 -0500 )edit

This is mega-old, but the question got bumped to the active list, so here I am. The show-installed command depends on the yum database, so if you see packages in rpm -qa which you do not see in show-installed, it is likely because you didn't install those packages with the yum utility (and therefore the packages aren't tracked in the yum database). Since yum is used to build the system, it's aware of all the packages that came with it, so if you use it, you'll only miss out on packages you manually installed with the rpm command (which you should avoid doing for this very reason).

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2015-10-08 08:39:50 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-10-07 22:36:20 -0500

shadowhh32 gravatar image

please verify this works for dnf as of 22, yum is no more. get back to me, just dont spam me with crap. Im noting a lot of Qs here that are meant for the bugzilla, this being a general user query. not even aware this existed and tools like this are super importnat when respinning as I have done over and above the top of what chapeau does for "workstations". There is demand for non-free fedora, but people need to know its there and all of the work is already done for them. who wants a build by peice car when you can have it already made? other distros do it this way: they host the non-free but dont package it. fedora just doesnt host it. and then theres the admin that just wants stuff customized for the LAN.

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