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Redhat Linux Enterprise 6 GUI Tool

I learning Redhat Linux Enterprise 6 and am trying to perform config tasks on the system. The documents seem to suggest that there is some GUI tool to help configure the system. When logging onto the server directly I just get the command prompt. Any idea how i can enter the GUI tools?

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Joseph GanSystem AdminCommented:
# startx

This command should start the GUI tool on Redhat.
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arnoldCommented:
you can run startx but this depends on whether X, XOrg was run with the -configure option.

The issue includes whether at the time of the install you included the graphical packages. If you did not, you can not access the GUI directly. If you  pick the install as a server, the graphical components are often not included.

yum grouplist
this will show you the available packages. GNOME, KDE are some of the available graphical desktops to install GNOME you would run
yum groupinstall GNOME

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fred2k3Author Commented:
Thanks, when running startx i get command not found.
When installing the operating system I selected web server (as it will be used for such a purpose). Any ideas? Running yum grouplist returns the 'no group data available for configured repositories'
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Joseph GanSystem AdminCommented:
Try #/usr/bin/startx
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fred2k3Author Commented:
/usr/bin/startx returns no such file or directory
#/usr/bin/startx simply returns back to the command prompt with no error message etc

Any other ideas?
Thanks
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arnoldCommented:
a web server is a minimalist system.
what about yum install gnome-desktop
I think that will capture the majority of the dependent packages you would need for graphical UI.

I think there is a command that you can use to reconfigure/add packages, but I can not think of it.
I'll try to see if I can come up with the option.
If yum install gnome-desktop does not work, or you can do yum search desktop and then install the desktop you want. Or the quickest way is to reinstall with a different selection.
I think there is a custom option where you can include packages i.e. graphical desktop.
http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/red-hat-6-installation-guide-rhel-6-install-screenshots/
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PapertripCommented:
If you do not desire to install a GUI desktop such as gnome, you can use install the following packages to get a "GUI from the command line.

[root@broken ~]# yum list system-config*
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, presto, priorities
<snip>
Available Packages
system-config-date.noarch                                              1.9.60-1.el6                                          base
system-config-date-docs.noarch                                         1.0.9-1.el6                                           base
system-config-firewall.noarch                                          1.2.27-3.el6_0.2                                      updates
system-config-firewall-base.noarch                                     1.2.27-3.el6_0.2                                      updates
system-config-firewall-tui.noarch                                      1.2.27-3.el6_0.2                                      updates
system-config-kdump.noarch                                             2.0.2.2-2.el6                                         base
system-config-keyboard.x86_64                                          1.3.1-3.el6                                           base
system-config-kickstart.noarch                                         2.8.6.3-1.el6                                         updates
system-config-language.noarch                                          1.3.4-5.el6                                           base
system-config-lvm.noarch                                               1.1.12-7.el6                                          base
system-config-network-tui.noarch                                       1.6.0.el6.2-1.el6                                     base
system-config-printer.x86_64                                           1.1.16-17.el6                                         base
system-config-printer-libs.x86_64                                      1.1.16-17.el6                                         base
system-config-printer-udev.x86_64                                      1.1.16-17.el6                                         base
system-config-services.noarch                                          0.99.45-1.el6.3                                       base
system-config-services-docs.noarch                                     1.1.8-1.el6                                           base
system-config-users.noarch                                             1.2.104-1.el6_0.3                                     updates
system-config-users-docs.noarch                                        1.0.8-1.el6                                           base

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I'm not 100% certain that the packages which do not end in "-tui" are able to be run from the command line with having X installed (pretty sure they are), but the -tui ones do for sure.
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PapertripCommented:
I'm not 100% certain that the packages which do not end in "-tui" are able to be run from the command line with having X installed (pretty sure they are), but the -tui ones do for sure.

Woops that should be "without having X installed"
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fred2k3Author Commented:
Thanks, I do want a GUI to be installed. But when I try 'yum install gnome-desktop' i still get 'no group data available for configured repositories'.
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arnoldCommented:
yum search gnome
more /etc/yum.conf /etc/yum.repos.d
What do you have.

yum grouplist
yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"

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fred2k3Author Commented:
Thanks everyone for your efforts.

I found the answer to why yum wasnt running. You need to register and subscribe the operating system before running yum. Thats why it was failing.
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fred2k3Author Commented:
Thanks again.
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