Adding open-vm-tools to core group

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Tue May 7 21:52:25 UTC 2013

On Tue, 2013-05-07 at 14:45 -0700, Ravindra Kumar wrote:
> >> Perhaps a virt-agents group that contains open-vm-tools, hypervkvpd,
> >> qemu-guest-agent, etc?
> > Right, I was just thinking down those lines. Create such a group, and
> > have it installed by default. Makes sure the tools are available in most
> > cases, but not in minimal installs, and allows them to be easily added
> > or removed in any other config.
> I think I can do this, but this means I will have to include the new
> group in all the other configs? Will I be allowed to make that change
> in comps file?

> > Only problem is it might need to be at least two groups, for an X/non-X
> > split. Right now, for instance, spice-vdagent is in the base-x group,
> > because all its functions are X-related, so there's no point having it
> > installed if you don't have X in the guest.
> This is not an issue for open-vm-tools. open-vm-tools X components are
> already packaged separately as open-vm-tools-desktop. My plan was to
> include open-vm-tools-desktop in a common desktop config like gnome and kde.

Well, no, that means it precisely *is* an issue :) that adds
open-vm-tools to the list of reasons we might want to have two
virt-agents groups, call them virt-agents and virt-agents-x or
something. You'd want open-vm-tools to be in one and open-vm-tools-x to
be in the other.

What we do with the groups is another question; there are various
options. We could just put the 'virt-agents' group in the 'standard'
group and the 'virt-agents-x' group in the 'base-x' group, for instance.
Or we could add them directly to other groups. Bill's the expert here,
Adam Williamson
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