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Installing Gnome for a headless CentOS Image for VirtualBox

Posted in Linux with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by vinaychilakamarri

Was searching for VDI Linux image files to plug them into my Virtual Box and was wanting to play around with CentOS image.

http://virtualbox.wordpress.com/images/

This place has a gorgeous collection of images. You can pick one from them too. But the latest distribution of CentOS comes with no GUI.So I wanted to have Gnome on my new CentOS baby. Luckily it had wget, yum for rescue. Here is what I did after booting up the image and logging in as root (don’t follow this before you read entire article):

yum groupinstall “X Window System” “GNOME Desktop Environment”

After downloading a bunch of packages, it complained about the absense of  a “libgaim.so.0” package that is needed by “nautilus-sendto” package. You would see something like this:

0002483: nautilus-sendto requires a non-existent libgaim.so.0

Fortunately, it’s a known bug: http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=2483

The solution is to get an rpm package and install it with nodeps option. So here is what you need to do:

wget http://mirror.centos.org/centos/5/os/i386/CentOS/nautilus-sendto-0.7-5.fc6.i386.rpm

After downloading the package, install it as follows:

rpm -Uvh –nodeps nautilus-sendto-0.7-5.fc6.i386.rpm

Once this is done, type in this:

yum groupinstall “X Window System” “GNOME Desktop Environment”

That’s it. Your headless centOS is equipped with Gnome!