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    Alex-- is offline Junior Member
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    Default Installing on non-Desktop systems

    I had some grief installing Zimbra on basic "server-like installation" system (CentOS 4.2). The installation manual for Zimbra says "accept default setup answers" for OS installation. In short, it means full desktop installation, with GNOME, OpenOffice and bunch of other crap nobody sane really wants to have installed on production server machine. My basic installation is around 500MB in size (usually around 150 packages). Desktop install is around 4GB in size (almost 600 packages).

    For trying out Zimbra on my test box, the desktop install is tollerable. However, there is no way "desktop install" box would be put into production at my site... Even default "server install" has so much crap on it that I wouldn't be happy running such machine in production.

    My "basic server installation" is done like this (from ks.cfg file):

    Code:
    %packages --nobase
    # Install only Core packages, do not install garbage from Base package group
    @ core
    # Usefull stuff from Base
    crontabs
    iptables
    logwatch
    logrotate
    man
    man-pages
    ntp
    openssh-clients
    openssh-server
    sendmail
    sendmail-cf
    vixie-cron
    yum
    # Zimbra dependencies
    libidn
    curl
    fetchmail
    gmp
    compat-libstdc++-33
    What else is really needed by Zimbra? I'm sure it doesn't need all of those additional 500 packages from desktop installation.

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    Default installation

    When I install, using FC/RH, I do this:


    Custom intall
    minimal packages
    yum -y install libidn curl fetchmail gmp compat-libstdc++-8

    ./install.sh

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    Alex-- is offline Junior Member
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    Well, that still doesn't answer my original question. The "minimal install" from GUI is still a huge install (that many people, not just me, are not really happy running on their servers). If you go through the list of packages that it installs, you'll find a lot of stuff that shouldn't be present on servers. Both Nahant (RHEL4) and CentOS mailing lists are regullary getting questions on how to get cleaner installations.

    Now that I tamed my server installation, the question was (and still is) what is really needed by Zimbra to run. It surelly doesn't need all of those 100 packages that would get installed by choosing "minimal install" from GUI. More likely it needs only 2-3 additional packages at most.

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