Adding open-vm-tools to core group

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Thu May 2 20:24:40 UTC 2013

On Thu, May 02, 2013 at 01:51:30PM -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Ravindra Kumar (ravindrakumar at said: 
> > (Batching a bunch of replies)
> > 
> > > Install and uninstall looks a bit weird to me; what could be
> > > done is to make the package conditionally whether it's running
> > > in a VMware VM or not, much like it happens now for the EFI
> > > packages (only installed on an EFI system) or the spice agent
> > > (IIRC) if it's installed in libvirt/kvm or RHEV/ovirt.
> > 
> > Thanks Simone. I will look into this.
> > 
> > > Wouldn't the opposite make more sense?
> > 
> > Yes, that is more logical. But, I have considered how Anaconda
> > installs packages from CD and yum etc. Conditionally excluding
> > it during different types of installation methods will probably
> > require lots of changes in different pieces of install framework.
> > E.g. including/excluding a package from CD, including/excluding
> > a package from yum etc.
> But adding it if a condition is met seems much simpler. Consider
> how it adds FS tools or RAID tools depending on the type of install.
> Or if this was done via a yum plugin, it's possible it could be
> done automatically at that level.

I'm a bit worried that this might make it harder to produce generic
cloud images [eg. using Oz].  But then again, perhaps people making
generic cloud images should use kickstarts and specify the precise
list of packages they want ...


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