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Upgrading from openSUSE11.1 to openSUSE11.2

Posted 12-07-2009 at 01:58 PM by clvic

I'm starting my first (significant) post on this blog, reporting my experience on openSUSE upgrade, from 11.1 to 11.2.
I started from this useful post:
that basically shows how to do this task by using the command line tool "zypper".

I made some variation to this procedure: I did not want to burn a DVD and I did not want to perform a network install.
That's simple!
  1. I downloaded the proper DVD on some location on my hard disk.
  2. I updated repositories as described in the cited post, plus I added the local DVD image as a repository, by using the plain "add repository" function of YaST.
  3. Then, I went through "zypper in zypper" and "zypper dup" as suggested.
At this point, I had one serious issue: after some moment, zypper complained that "mount" could not execute because of the lack of the library
I did this: I downloaded and installed the rpm for the OSS11.1 libvolume_id from, as there is not such rpm for OSS11.2.
But this resulted in having (note I have a 64bit OSS, so change /lib64 to /lib for a 32bit system) /lib64/ So I had to "ln -s /lib64/ /lib64/".
Then, tried again with "zypper dup". Everything went fine!
Rebooted and my system is working! Then, restored a bunch of repositories, and performed another "zypper up" just to be sure.

A final note: I have a VIA video card. After all this process, I found that the video scroll was very bad with browsers. I found that the installation procedure used the unichrome driver instead of the openchrome driver for my card. So, I had to remove the old xorg-x11-driver-video-openchrome rpm, and install the same one, but for OSS11.2. Removing was necessary because the package version is the same for 11.1 and 11.2, but the package for 11.1 does not work with 11.2.
So, after this operation, I reconfigured my video card, and everything is smooth again!

I know this post is maybe too much technical... anyway I wanted someone else to be advised, in case they want to go through such a procedure. Please note that by burning a DVD the "mount" problem should not arise (I'm too lazy I admit), but I think that the video card problem would arise in any case, actually, that could be a problem also for a clean install.
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