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    Default How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    I posted this 1st in the wrong forum so Sorry for the duplicate.

    I have a Suse 13.2 VM in Hyper-V with minimal install that boots to the command line. I want to boot into GNOME.

    After some Googling I went into Yast2 Software and installed Patterns for GNOME Desktop Environment and GNOME Base System.

    After reboot it still comes to the command prompt to login. I tried startx but it returns an error and it seems that is depreciated? So I tried Init 5. It runs through and starts loading things then stops at "Started Local Service." and hangs there.

    I have used Suse/SLES over the years but always with GNOME.

    How to I get GNOME running?

    Thanks!

    Todd

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    is gdm installed and configured

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    Yes. When I look in Yast2 Software I see gdm The GNOME Display Manager as well as gdm-branding-openSUSE default configuration.

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    I am replying here since I posted in what was probably the wrong forum at first

    You were correct that the DISPLAYMANAGER="gdb" was not set. I did that in vi and restarted. Came back to command logon, When I run init 5 now something flashes on the screen quickly and then I am back at the command line with no errors or feedback.

    No KDI or GHOME if that is what you mean. Yast2 is a blue dos looking menu. This was a mail filtering appliance build by someone else which has much better suse skills than I.



    "this might be a silly response but do you have a display manager installed and configured?
    in yast /etc/sysconfig editor make sure gdm is set as a display manager.

    or edit /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager
    and set DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm"
    ps. you only have a command line no graphical user interface at all?"

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    do you have any sort of graphical interface?
    being installed in yast does not mean it's configured
    while in yast go to /etc/sysconfig editor and setup your display manager (set gdm) or edit
    /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager and set
    DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm"

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    When I go into Yast there is no /etc/. Only Software, System, Hardware, Network Devices, Network Services, Users and Sec, Support, Misc.


    FYI previously before setting DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm" when I tried access from VNC I got a gray screen that when away and said Oops. Now I get a black screen with a small circle for the mouse.


    Thanks for the Help!

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    it's a separate module called etc/sysconfig editor, you can still use vi or other text editors, see the content of
    $vi /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager
    I believe that the display manager field has been set console and that's your problem, change it to gdm
    if you can't use vi google it, it is a strange text editor (you need to press insert to edit text, and when all is done :w to write the changes) I can't think of another simple console text editor

    here's a screen shot of etc/sysconfig in ncurses

    it's easier then learning vi

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    Sorry if I am missing something.

    I did use vi as I mentioned earlier and you were correct that DISPLAYMANAGER="gdb" was missing, it was DISPLAYMANAGER="". So I added gdm and rebooted. Now it still comes back to the command line logon. When I try init 5 something passes over the screen quickly and returns to the prompt, no errors.

    Before adding the displaymanger setting when I tried to VNC to the box I got a gray screen, then an error that said Oops, now I get a black screen with a circle for the mouse. So adding the displaymanger setting has changed something but I still am not getting GNOME.

    In Yast under System there is no /etc/sysconfig editor. My menu is different and only shows 5 things, Boot Loader, Date & Time etc...

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    Does that VM support openGL? Gnome absolutely requires full openGL support. You may need to see if that Windows VM requires a guest video driver or something. What you saw flash buy was gnome complaining of insufficient video capability

    You might try KDE or one of the light weight desktops instead they are not as demanding

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    Default Re: How do I Install GNOME from Command?

    From my reading Hyper-V 2012 supports openGL.

    How would I tell if there is an appropriate driver installed in the VM?

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