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Old 09-09-2002, 01:34 PM   #1
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How to install packages easily in SuSe?

How to install rpms in SuSe?
I have a single installation CD of SuSe 7.3 with (almost) no Gnome packages on it, so I downloaded the gnm1, gnm2 and gnm3 directories from a SuSe ftp site, and wanted to install the rpms with yast2, but:
- when I tried to change the installation source directory to a directory where the downloaded rpms are located on my HDD, SuSe gave me an error message like 'no installation data on source media' (details: 'source media could not be mounted') (I hope I could correctly translate the messages to English, since they appeared in Hungarian). I already copied the whole installation CD to that directory, but I still get the same error message.
- when I specified the CD as source media, only the rpms on the CD were available (naturally) and so I could not install the additional rpms I downloaded.
I tried to use Kpackage, too, but there I could not select multiple packages for installation (the help suggests SHIFT+CTRL+MOUSE_LEFT, but neither that, nor the common SHIFT+MOUSE_LEFT nor CTRL+MOUSE_LEFT did work), and the installation of a single package always failed on dependencies.
(Strange: I could not find how to open multiple new packages in Kpackage, since I could not select multiple packages in the Open dialog, and when I used drag-and-drop from konqueror, only the first rpm got into kpackage, so I had to open 60 files one after the other just to realize that all it was in vain since I could not install them in one turn due to the missing multiple selection of packages, and I could not install them one after the other due to the failed dependencies and that everything I did was lost the time I closed Kpackage.)
I also tried to copy the gnm1, gnm2 and gnm3 directories into one directory and install them in one turn by
rpm -i *.rpm
but I got a very long list of failed dependencies, where only the missing files were listed and I found that it would take hours to determine which package contains which missing file.
I am getting tired of this thing and badly miss Mandy's package manager.
Is there a better package manager (like Mandy's) I could use for installing packages in SuSe?

Last edited by J_Szucs; 09-09-2002 at 01:39 PM.
Old 09-10-2002, 03:49 AM   #2
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another packetmanager would not help u much. if there are missing dependencies found u have to download the missing libraries and programs. itīs not a question of the managing system. but i guess it should be possible to solve that but i know
sometimes things take longer than expected...
good luck,

p.s:Suse7.2 came along with 6 install cdīs and a dvd. so u canīt blame them i guess. itīs working very well on my box if i use it.

Last edited by j-ray; 09-10-2002 at 03:57 AM.
Old 09-11-2002, 07:59 AM   #3
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This could be a little tricky. I'm running SuSE 8.0 and just installed Gnome 2, but this may also work with your set-up.

By gnome 1, gnome 2, and gnome 3, are you referring to the base, applications, and development folders?

I would start by opening a console and cd-ing to the base directory. Enter ls to see a list of packages. Have a pencil and a piece of paper handy to help you keep track of what's installed and what dependencies you need. Change to su mode, then starting with the first package in the list, enter rpm -ivh <filename>.rpm

If it won't install because of failed dependencies, make a note of what it's looking for. Then try installing one of those packages using the rpm -ivh command.

Be sure to keep a list of what does install, so you don't lose track. You may need to install some of the development packages before you can install all of the base packages; to do that, just cd to the folder where you have those and follow the same procedure.

When I first started installing gnome 2 I got so frustrated with the dependency issue I was ready to quit, but with a little persistence I was finally successful.

Good luck - and let us know if this works.


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