Packages to Always Install

Over time, I’ve found that there’s a package of things that I think of as “core” packages that should be on any Linux box, but that aren’t actually included by default.

Here’s the latest list:

$ sudo yum install git bash-completion vim-enhanced bind-utils whois telnet screen

Most are self-explanatory. If you use bash and haven’t heard of bash-completion, check it out immediately. You’ll thank me later.

bind-utils is for dig, which strikes me as something that should be a standard package, along with whois and telnet for basic network diagnostics.

What’s on your list of “core” packages?

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