I have just installed CentOS 6.5 minimal. The reason I installed the minimal version is that the full version had ISOs of over 3GB each and my CD-RWs can only told about 750 MB.

I would like a graphical desktop. I tried

sudo yum update
sudo yum groupinstall basic-desktop desktop-platform x11 fonts

and they both ran without any errors. However, when I tried to run the desktop using

sudo gdm

and it just hung in the command line. When I tried


I got

** (gdm-binary:2164): WARNING **: Failed to acquire org.gnome.DisplayManager: Connection "1.37" is not allowed to own the service "org.gnome.DisplayManager" due to security policies in the configuration file

 ** (gdm-binary:2164): WARNING **: Could not acquire name; bailing out

3 Answers 3


Try doing the following instead.

Install Desktop Packages
$ sudo yum -y groupinstall "Desktop" "Desktop Platform" \
        "X Window System" "Fonts"
optional GUI packages
$ sudo yum -y groupinstall "Graphical Administration Tools"
$ sudo yum -y groupinstall "Internet Browser"
$ sudo yum -y groupinstall "General Purpose Desktop"
$ sudo yum -y groupinstall "Office Suite and Productivity"
$ sudo yum -y groupinstall "Graphics Creation Tools"

NOTE: To make the GUI permanent between reboots you'll need to change your runlevel to 5. Open this file: `/etc/inittab using a text editor and change the following line:





  • I tried that and got "No packages in any requested group available to install or update". "sudo gdm" still just hangs. Thanks, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:06
  • @OtagoHarbour - you might want to confirm the list of groups that I've provided matches existing group names. You can use yum grouplist.
    – slm
    Mar 24, 2014 at 12:25
  • "Desktop" and "Desktop Platform" are both on the list when I do that. Thanks, Mar 25, 2014 at 0:58

On my minimal CentOS 7 I did: sudo yum -y groupinstall "GNOME Desktop" and then startx and everything work fine.

you can do yum groups list to check what group are available.


I had the same problem with CentOS 7 Minimal install, i figured it had something to do with the session but the gnome session was already installed with the gnome-desktop3 package.

This worked for me: 

I ended up installing the package gnome-session-xsession  which was not installed by the gnome-desktop3 or any of the above mentioned groups. (I thought that gnome-session would already refer to the xserver but apparently it didn't)


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