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Old 12-21-2004, 11:50 PM   #1
Mic Q
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Installing using Yast

Understand from the forum that we can install software (rpm?) using Yast.

e.g. for thunderbird, i can only get the "normal" installation files from mozilla website and do a tar -.. and with a ./ to install.

so how can i know if a piece of software is available in SUSE rpm?

is there a SUSE site where such info is publish/listed or how can we LEARN how to search for such SUSE rpm?


Old 12-22-2004, 06:34 AM   #2
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You can open YaST, go to the Install & Remove Software module and complete a search of any package you are interested in by using the field provided. You can also use the Change Installation Source module to add SuSE package mirrors, and then again use the search field in YaST to locate your desired application. There are many posts on how to complete this procedure here at this forum.

Or, if you want to just access the apt repo directly, you can go HERE, select the correct version that you are running, and then for Thunderbird you would enter THIS folder name (change version if needed --example is 9.2).
Old 12-22-2004, 01:33 PM   #3
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In general it is best to get rpm's designed for SuSE, particularly ones from one of SuSE's mirrors ( For convenience sake, you would add one of these to your installation source using YaST-> change installation source-> add->ftp (first locate the i386/9.1 folder, you will need to know that).

If you want a package that you cannot find in SuSE specific form, you can install any generic rpm. Just right click on the package-> actions-> install using YaST. (This is in KDE/Konqueror, I assume Gnome/Nautilus has something very similar)
Old 12-22-2004, 08:09 PM   #4
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If only, suse has zero built in support for Gnome, its just there doesn't work with Yast at all. You have to use the command line and use rpm -i rpmtosinstall.


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