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Old 09-14-2005, 09:18 AM   #1
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Question Online update , thru Yast for Suse Linux 9.3 not working

I am unable to Update my Suse Linux 9.3 online using Yast.

When i press the Online Update buttton
A warning message comes up telling - " Cannot fetch remote server list.Only user defined patch sources will be available "

It's also written as possible solution - " check network connection "

when i press the Detail button it teels " 'host name' couldn't connect to host "

I tried going to user defined patch option and pressing the New Server button there

i gave " " as Server
and " /pub/mirrors/ " as Directoty on server

Then when i tried to update it gave me an error message like - " Patch information retrieval failed " telling the reason in the details button as " error couldn't connect to host "

Can u help me with this ?
I'm new to Linux

And this is the second time i'm trying to update the OS. It had worked perfectly, the first time.But i don't know what happened now .
Old 09-14-2005, 09:59 AM   #2
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It seems that something is blocking yast, probably a firewall. Check the firewall settings.
By the way, the correct path would be /pub/mirrors/ because yast will automatically cd to i386/update/9.3
Old 09-15-2005, 12:58 AM   #3
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Turning off Firewall did not work

I had tried to turn off the Firewall as u told, but it did not work.

I also gave the Directory on the server as /pub/mirrors/

But it's the same result - " could not connect to host "
Old 09-15-2005, 07:25 AM   #4
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I have exactly the same problem, under SuSE 9.1. It worked fine when I was at uni, but now I'm at home and it doesn't work any more. I don't think I have a firewall either. My brother is on the same internet connection and it works for him. Any other suggestions?
Old 09-16-2005, 11:27 AM   #5
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In the system information does it say the correct product name and version? Or it says unknown?
Because I had a problem with this and before I fixed it, it used to say "could not connect to host".
Here is the thread:
Old 10-16-2005, 04:17 PM   #6
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check proxy on yast -> network services

Had the same problem for many many days.
Read much like disabling ipV6,tried to modify /etc/youservers ,turn off firewall but all did no good..
Strange thing was i have a home network with 3 suse 9.3 pcs and the others updated o.k (all pcs installations were from the same 5 suse 9.3 ftp iso cds).Also i had no problem browsing the internet,and firewall is turned off on the system with the online update problem (there is a firewall on the adsl gateway).

Finally I noticed on
Yast -> NetWork services -> Proxy
there was my previous proxy set there.
Set it up to use no proxy ,(connection throuhg adsl gateway).
It gave me a message like YOU is set to take the changes automatically but for other programs like wget,lynx you must log off and log in.
Ok i said nice run online update once more , same shit again : couldn' t connect to host

log off and log in ..
Bingo YOU works.
Hope this is the case


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