A few days ago, I began to install a group of packages with up2date, and the person next to me was surprised that up2date even had this functionality. I use it regularly, but I realized that many users might not be familiar with it.
You can install package groups using an at-sign (@) in front of the group name:
# up2date -i "@X Window System"
This will tell up2date to install all of the packages that are marked within the “X Window System” package group. That would include X drivers, the X libraries/binaries, and twm (among many other packages). If you’re not sure which groups are available, just pass the
--show-groups flag and review the list:
# up2date --show-groups Administration Tools Arabic Support Assamese Support Authoring and Publishing Base Bengali Support Brazilian Portuguese Support British Support Bulgarian Support Catalan Support Chinese Support Compatibility Arch Development Support Compatibility Arch Support Core Cyrillic Support Czech Support DNS Name Server Danish Support Development Libraries Development Tools Dialup Networking Support Dutch Support Editors Emacs Engineering and Scientific Estonian Support FTP Server Finnish Support French Support GNOME GNOME Desktop Environment GNOME Software Development Games and Entertainment German Support Graphical Internet Graphics Greek Support Gujarati Support Hebrew Support Hindi Support Hungarian Support ISO8859-2 Support ISO8859-9 Support Icelandic Support Italian Support Japanese Support KDE KDE (K Desktop Environment) KDE Software Development Korean Support Legacy Network Server Legacy Software Development Mail Server Miscellaneous Included Packages MySQL Database Network Servers News Server Norwegian Support Office/Productivity Polish Support Portuguese Support PostgreSQL Database Printing Support Punjabi Support Romanian Support Ruby Russian Support Serbian Support Server Server Configuration Tools Slovak Support Slovenian Support Sound and Video Spanish Support Swedish Support System Tools Tamil Support Text-based Internet Turkish Support Ukrainian Support Web Server Welsh Support Windows File Server Workstation Common X Software Development X Window System XEmacs