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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:48 pm    Post subject: RPMs, YAST and SUSe Reply with quote

SUSe Linux is an RPM package based distribution.

YAST stands for "Yet Another System administration Tool" and incorporates, among other things, a GUI frontend for RPM (Redhat Package Management).

Often, when you have rpm files on your system, you can install them manually as the "root" user by using the "su" command from a terminal command line, thus:

$ su -
Enter root password.
# cd /directory_where_file_is
# rpm -iv whatever.rpm

If you are fortunate, this will work straight away. Otherwise you may see an error message referring to other packages which need to be installed in order for this package to be installed. This is a situation sometimes referred to as "dependency hell", but it is not really such a problem if you apply simple logic and donkey work to the situation.

Otherwise, use YAST with its idiosyncracies and weird menus.
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