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Old 05-13-2004, 07:56 AM   #1
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Downloading SuSE - do I need everything?


I'm downloading the FTP directory for SuSE and I'm wondering if I need the whole thing - what are noarch/, nosrc/, and src/ for?
 
Old 05-13-2004, 09:38 AM   #2
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Well..

noarch. No Architecture. So its not i386 or i486 required... universal.
nosrc. Packages without source
src. Source packages....

Yes you need everything because you don't know what packages your actually going to use.
 
Old 05-13-2004, 01:00 PM   #3
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I need to download src/ even if I download everything else? Aren't they just the source code of the stuff in the other directories?
 
Old 05-14-2004, 08:36 AM   #4
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Do you know what source files you will be needing? Just the kernel source? Or do you want to be able to install .tar or .tgz source files later on in which case your going to need sources from kde and qt and gnome and all sorts of other little things. Since you don't know what packages suse will install by default. You need all of them.
 
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When I tried the FTP install it let me choose what packages I wanted instead of the "default" install. Can you explain this to me, I'm new - I don't understand, why do I need the sources for the things I already have, unless I want to mess around with source code?
 
Old 05-15-2004, 10:12 AM   #6
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Because, for the 3rd time. You don't know what source packages are installed along with the other things you are installing. Aka. The kernel sources, the kde sources, development sources for compiling other peoples programs from source.
If you want to be able to install anything at all that you download from the web, it often needs various odd little packages and sources to correctly install. Since yast picks the most common ones for you, you don't know what packages it will pick untill your done choosing your install type and it would be a heck of a list to try to write down and download special.
So. You cant pick and choose your packages without having every single one of them.
 
  


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