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Old 11-12-2005, 01:23 PM   #1
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update 9.3 > 10.0 OSS; yet still says 9.3 [solved]


because my harddisk with Slackware 10.0 let me down lately, I needed a running system asap.
So I found a SuSE 9.3 DVD which I today updated to SuSE 10.0 OSS (nearly) without problems. (from DVD)

But YaST and Grub still think that it's a 9.3, which looks confusing at the bootscreen, and confuses YaST, because it neither let's me do an online update nor can I add a 10.0 repository.
So how can I tell my box that it is now on 10.0?

BTW: I installed the system with another configuration. The DVD was on /dev/hdb, now it's on /dev/hdd.
YaST is still always looking at /dev/hdb and complains till I enter /dev/hdd manually.
How can I make that change permanent?

Edit: Found the solution myself. ;-) That's where the fun is in Linux!
Because it seems to happen more often here's what I did:

The Grub Problem is solved by using yast>System>Bootloader

cp /var/adm/YaST/InstSrcManager/IS_CACHE_0x00000001/DESCRIPTION/description to /var/adm/YaST/ProdDB/prod_00000001

I had more than one entry as IS_CACHE_0x00000001 as one exists for each source. So I deleted all sources and added the dvd again. So it became Nr. 1 and the cp command works.

then I had a problem someone else had too: in /var/adm/YaST/ProdDB/ only 1! entry will work. So move your backups of the original files somewhere else or it will not work.
It is not necessary to restart Yast. just click on Patch CD and you will see if it works.

while I was at it I changed the DVD entry to /dev/hdd (see problem above)

Now everything works fine.

This is my first post here, but I got a lot of help from the forums here for my Slackware box during the last year. Hope I can give something back.



Last edited by Runlevel51; 11-12-2005 at 04:33 PM.
Old 11-12-2005, 04:53 PM   #2
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As far as your YaST problem is concerned, every program I've used links to the DVD drive through /dev/dvd which is a link to the actual device, /dev/hdd if you open a terminal window and cd to /dev then type "ls -al dvd" I am betting you will show the link is still pointing to /dev/hdb if you go in and recreate the link pointing it to /dev/hdd (ln -s /dev/hdd /dev/dvd) you should also check to see where the /dev/cdrom and /dev/cdrecorder point as well, if you have a combo drive and no other optical drives they will all point to /dev/hdd once thats done you should no longer have that problem.
Old 11-13-2005, 09:33 AM   #3
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the link is still pointing to /dev/hdb
actually none of these links existed. Still everything worked fine after I edited

it now says:
=Type: UnitedLinux 
=URL: dvd:///;devices=/dev/hdd 
=ProductDir: /
Still I added the links for some other programs. ;-)

cu, Frank


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