Linux install SL 7.5 atom does not start


I have gone through the process to add the yum repo for scientific linux and then did the install. Install seemed to go ok. when I enter “atom” I get nothing but my prompt? I am testing the install before it gets added to s virtual machine.
I followed these instructions for a scientific linux 7.x install
To install Atom on CentOS, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scientific Linux, Fedora, or related distributions that use the YUM or DNF package managers, add our official package repository to your system by running the following commands:

sudo rpm --import

sudo sh -c 'echo -e "[Atom]\nname=Atom

Editor\nbaseurl=$basearch\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=0\nrepo_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=" > /etc/yum.repos.d/atom.repo’

On YUM-based distributions

sudo yum install -y atom.x86_64.rpm

The install seemed happy. I can go atom --version and get 1.31.2
But when i run the commmand with no options, I simply go back to a user prompt


One of the things I wonder are expected ports to be open that if they are not, it would not start as this is a moderately secured environment within a health organization. And, if I open these ports, can I configure them to not be used in the future.


I saw the discussion on the Atom Slack, did you see the last 2 questions there?

Hey Bill, can you try running atom --foreground to see if any further error info gets written to the console?


Silly question, but you are running this with a GUI right? Atom isn’t meant to work in text only environments.


–foreground said nothing and I am running in a X foreground being forwarded.
There are not a lot of ports open though which is the problem I suspect.