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Old 03-24-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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problem with getting rpms with YaST

I am a total newbie to SuSE 10.0 and Linux. I am trying to install R (a statistical package) from the following site onto a 64-bit Xeon machine:

with YaST. I entered to following information in the software source media window:

add HTTP:

directory: ~steuer/SL-10.0-OSS/RPMS/x86_64/

I get the following error:

Unable to create installation source from

adding the package name to the directory doesn't make a difference.

I have searched the previous posts for help, but I couldn't find anything exactly like this problem.

Thanks in advance
Old 03-24-2006, 11:39 AM   #2
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The above link is not a YaST compatible installation source. Meaning that you have to download the package to a local folder and then you can install it with YaST (click the package, then "Install with YaST").

EDIT: You can recognise a YaST source by the presence of the file "direcory.yast" in the respective directory. If the file's not there, YaST will not recognise it.
EDIT2: Just found out that it actually is a YaST source, but the path has to end in ~steuer/SL-10.0-OSS

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Old 03-24-2006, 12:45 PM   #3
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Thanks-that fixed everything!

How do you know exactly what the directory should be? I.e., how do you know to leave off the "RPMS/x86_64/" from the directory?
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Another way to do it is to download all the RPM's that you want to install - then (in KDE) right click on the rpm file then select ACTIONS>Install with YAST

Another option in KDE is to single click the RPM file - it will open in Konqueror - and there will be a button there that says Install with Yast.

Optionally - you could also right-click the file and open with KPackage - which also will give the option to install...

Linux - it's all about choice...


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