How to get more Information on a Group of packages in RHEL/Fedora Linux?

yum groups a set of packages serving a purpose into “Groups”. You can see the available groups in your machine. Once you find the list, you can know more about a group using the groupinfo option of command yum.

This gives you a description of the group and also the available and optional packages.
Let’s see more about the group “Editors”

# yum groupinfo "Editors"
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
Adding en_US to language list
Setting up Group Process

Group: Editors
 Description: Sometimes called text editors, these are programs that allow you to create and edit text files. This includes Emacs and Vi.
 Default Packages:
   vim-enhanced
 Optional Packages:
   cssed
   emacs
   emacs-auctex
   emacs-bbdb
   emacs-ess
   emacs-muse
   emacs-vm
   geany
   gobby
   jed
   joe
   leafpad
   nedit
   pida
   poedit
   psgml
   scite
   scribes
   scribes-templates
   vim-X11
   xemacs
   xemacs-ess
   xemacs-muse
   xemacs-packages-extra
   xmlcopyeditor
   zile

As you can see, there’s a description, list of available packages and the optional ones too.

Let’s explore the group “Web Development”

# yum groupinfo "Web Development"
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
Adding en_US to language list
Setting up Group Process

Group: Web Development
 Description: These packages are helpful when developing web applications or web pages.
 Optional Packages:
   Django
   TurboGears
   ctemplate
   gallery2
   php-oauth
   php-xmpphp
   python-cherrypy
   rubygem-rails
   velocity

Here you can see the description and the optional packages. Use group info to know more about other available groups in your machine.

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