%packages command to begin a kickstart file section that lists the packages you would like to install (this is for installations only, as package selection during upgrades is not supported).
Packages can be specified by group or by individual package name, including with globs using the asterisk. The installation program defines several groups that contain related packages. Refer to the
file on the first Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD-ROM for a list of groups. Each group has an id, user visibility value, name, description, and package list. In the package list, the packages marked as mandatory are always installed if the group is selected, the packages marked default are selected by default if the group is selected, and the packages marked optional must be specifically selected even if the group is selected to be installed.
In most cases, it is only necessary to list the desired groups and not individual packages. Note that the
Base groups are always selected by default, so it is not necessary to specify them in the
Here is an example
@ X Window System
@ GNOME Desktop Environment
@ Graphical Internet
@ Sound and Video dhcp
As you can see, groups are specified, one to a line, starting with an
@ symbol, a space, and then the full group name as given in the
comps.xml file. Groups can also be specified using the id for the group, such as
gnome-desktop. Specify individual packages with no additional characters (the
dhcp line in the example above is an individual package).
You can also specify which packages not to install from the default package list:
The following options are available for the
Do not install the @Base group. Use this option if you are trying to create a very small system.
The --resolvedeps option has been deprecated. Dependencies are resolved automatically every time now.
The --ignoredeps option has been deprecated. Dependencies are resolved automatically every time now.
Ignore the missing packages and groups instead of halting the installation to ask if the installation should be aborted or continued. For example: