Adding open-vm-tools to core group

Ravindra Kumar ravindrakumar at
Thu May 2 17:49:57 UTC 2013

> > I can't see, how this can happen anyways. Anaconda just runs once (at
> > installation), afterwards it can safely be removed (correct me, if I'm
> > wrong).
> > 
> > Could you please explain, why this should be useful for all our users? I
> > think it's more sensible to install, when running on VMware. And also:
> > why do you require this at all?
> >
> Rather than trying to only install it in particular scenarios, it is
> better to install it everywhere and then make sure that it is a no-op
> unless it is running inside VMWare. Not least because if we're building
> a cloud image, the initial build environment likely won't involve VMware
> at all, but the ultimate runtime environment may well be VMWare.

I was thinking about this approach but the only downside is
physical deployments and non-VMware VMs. I'm not sure if it
is common to install unused packages on system.

> The systemd unit file open-vm-tools includes already has a statement
> ConditionVirtualization=vmware. Whether there is more work required
> to make sure the package is a no-op on non-VMWare deployments is
> something that'd need to be verified before inclusion in the core
> package group.

Yes, vmtoolsd service is a no-op in all non-VMware environments.
In fact, it will simply exit even if systemd check is not there,
because we do a platform check inside before starting the main


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