Installing the desktop environment on RHEL or CentOS

I have an issue where one of my main repositories doesn’t have any groups defined.  So running a group install command won’t work:

yum groupinstall "Desktop" "Desktop Platform" "X Window System" "Fonts"

In order to install Gnome after the fact here’s the list of packages to install:

yum install \
 bitmap-fonts dejavu-lgc-fonts desktop-backgrounds-basic \
 gdm glx-utils synaptics system-config-display vnc-server \
 xorg-x11-apps xorg-x11-drivers xorg-x11-fonts-100dpi \
 xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-100dpi \
 xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-Type1 \
 xorg-x11-fonts-misc xorg-x11-fonts-truetype \
 xorg-x11-server-Xorg xorg-x11-twm xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-xfs xorg-x11-xinit xterm
yum install \
 NetworkManager NetworkManager-gnome alsa-plugins-pulseaudio at-spi \
 control-center dbus gdm gdm-user-switch-applet gnome-panel gnome-power-manager \
 gnome-screensaver gnome-session gnome-terminal gvfs-archive gvfs-fuse gvfs-smb \
 metacity nautilus notification-daemon polkit-gnome xdg-user-dirs-gtk yelp \
 control-center-extra eog gdm-plugin-fingerprint gnome-applets gnome-media gnome-packagekit \
 gnome-vfs2-smb gok openssh-askpass orca pulseaudio-module-gconf pulseaudio-module-x11 \
 rhn-setup-gnome vino sabayon-apply tigervnc-server Xguest

After that you can startx or vncserver!

Open Source Chef with CentOS 6

I wasn’t able to install the Open Source chef server (11.0.x) on CentOS 6.4 earlier today because of errors starting up RabbitMQ.  After some poking I finally came across the answer!  Turns out my installation of CentOS has the qpidd server installed.  After stopping that and uninstalling (yum erase qpid-cpp-server) everything worked!

chmod explained

Where has this tutorial been all my life?

                : The 1st octet permissions for the owner.
       r w x T  : The 2nd octet permissions for the group.
Owner: 4 2 1 7  : The 3rd octet permissions for everyone else.
Group: 0 0 0 0  : For each octet, start at 0 and:
Other: 0 0 0 0  : +4 for read permission.
                : +2 for write permission.
                : +1 for execute permission
Command: chmod 700

VooDoo Wraps

voodoo-floss-band-2_2One of the trainers at Crossfit showed us how to VooDoo wrap the shoulders to loosen them up.  I was skeptical at first but after it was obvious that it worked as the shoulder that had been wrapped first was significantly more mobile than the other.  I ordered a set to start working on shoulder mobility at home.  My hope is that these may be able to reduce the clicking I’ve got going on in my shoulders.


A few links on how to do this: