[arch-general] how to perform selected gnome installation with pacman?

Juan R. de Silva juan.r.d.silva at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 22:06:27 EST 2011

I'd like to install GNOME for my freshly installed base system following 
instructions provided on this page 'https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/
GNOME#Base'. As you can see it reads:

"Install the base GNOME desktop"

# pacman -S gnome

And then: "This is a meta-package; which is a group of packages. An 
option will be given to install all or some of the packages in this 

When I run the command above, the list of all files in group is displayed 
and the only option given to me is to answer Y/N to install the entire 
list of packages, that I would like to avoid.

I've read through man pacman carefully a couple of times and I've not 
found any option allowing to filter out undesirable file/s while 
installing a group. Tried to search arch wiki without any success.

Could anybody provide me with a hint here, please?

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