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    Question How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    I would like to install additional packages, by installing them from a CD/DVD (locally), after downloading the particular package (RPM) (as is often done in Windows) & not by d/ling the rpm's from the Net (from repos), using yast. How can this be done from within openSUSE (desktop environment, I am a new to Linux & so not familiar with CLI).

    Also, is yast the only 'package manager' or can 'yum' 'apt-get' also be installed concurrently with yast?
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    Default Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    I suspect a lot depends on what you intend to install. YaST will normally install any RPM which has been packaged for OpenSUSE whatever the source; however, if the package has dependencies that involve accessing a repository on the net for them, you may run into difficulties.

    Whether an RPM packaged by someone else will work will presumably depend on how it has been packaged.

    Before I had a regular Internet connection, I simply used what was on the DVD and cannot remember being desperately disadvantaged by that limitation.
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    Default Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    Quote Originally Posted by zmdmw52 View Post
    How can this be done from within openSUSE (desktop environment, I am a new to Linux & so not familiar with CLI).

    Also, is yast the only 'package manager' or can 'yum' 'apt-get' also be installed concurrently with yast?
    I recommend you read the openSUSE Linux concepts page, as it may answer some of your questions:
    Concepts - openSUSE

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    zmdmw52 wrote:

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    > I would like to install additional packages, by installing them from a
    > CD/DVD (locally), after downloading the particular package (RPM) (as is
    > often done in Windows) &
    > _not_by_d/ling_the_rpm's_from_the_Net_(from_repos),_ using yast. How
    > can this be done from within openSUSE (desktop environment, I am a new
    > to Linux & so not familiar with CLI).
    >
    > Also, is yast the only 'package manager' or can 'yum' 'apt-get' also be
    > installed concurrently with yast?


    The easiest way to do what you want is simply to create a directory and copy
    RPMs to it. Then go to Yast, Software, Software Repositories and add a
    local directory. When you've done this, Yast will recognize your local
    directory as a repository, and let you find and install software in it.

    Yes, you CAN use other package managers, but in my view it's wholly
    unnecessary.

    Bob

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    Default Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    I did follow this pathway: YaST; installation source; Add;

    but what worked for me was to click: Package directory, rather than what would seem the more intuitive "Local Directory": having clicked Package directory, I detailed the download directory I wanted, and it has worked well.

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    Question Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    Tried to install the nVidia drivers for the GeForce 8400GS PCI-Express Card thro' the DVD (the pkg had the extension .run). On clicking the run package, was asked to login as root user. But the pkg did not install & I was taken to the prompt (DOS like blacl=k screen) & asked to Login as 'root' from there. This I did, but still the install did not happen.
    Current res is 1024 X 768; monitor (17" LG LCD) optimum is 1440 X 900.

    Is there a way to Login as root from the openSUSE startup screen (the green screen that has 2-3 options, the second being 'Load Failsafe Defaults').
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    > Tried to install the nVidia drivers for the GeForce 8400GS PCI-Express
    > Card thro' the DVD (the pkg had the extension .run). On clicking the
    > run package,


    well, let me (maybe) make a fool out of myself here..but in several
    years of using Linux exclusively i have never heard of clicking on a
    ..run file and having it "run"..

    i do not know how to install a graphics driver without using YaST (i
    reckon there are folks here who know how to do that, but i really doubt
    if any will tell you to double click on the .run file)...nor do i know
    how to install a nVidia driver without actually linking up to the nVidia
    site (via YaST)...BUT, i _think_ if you put that .run file in a
    directory which you have marked in YaST as a repisitory on YOUR machine
    (as "Robert Smits" answered that part of your initial question), then
    you can go into YaST > Software > and spin the filter (at the top) from
    the default "Search" to "Repositories", then in the dialog just below
    that filter, find your on YOUR machine repository, click on it, and you
    should see HOPEFULLY that .run file listed on the right...and (i'm
    guessing now) maybe you can just single left click on the empty box next
    to something like NVIDIA-blah-blah...and then on 'Accept' and you would
    be done....BUT LISTEN, if that file does NOT show up in the right side
    do NOT try to force it...

    perhaps this is a good time for you to read "Linux is Not Windows" at
    http://tinyurl.com/8b9s6 (because of what you said in your first post
    about "as is often done in Windows", and in this post about assumming
    you could click on a .run file and it would) and maybe you could also
    get something out of "Basic openSuSE concepts" at
    Http://tinyurl.com/66h4rw....AND do not get confused and think i just
    gave you a "put down" because i did not...instead, i'm trying my best to
    help you get up to speed on Linux....WAIT, i see that 'oldcpu' already
    directed you to the concepts document..

    and, actually, if i were you i think i'd go to the web forum's search
    page and search for something like "installing nvidia driver" and read
    all i could before proceeding..

    > *Is there a way to Login as root from the openSUSE startup screen (the
    > green screen that has 2-3 options, the second being 'Load Failsafe
    > Defaults').*


    no.
    anyway you do not want to EVER log into a windowed session as ROOT...never..
    always log in as yourself (a regular user) and THEN sign in as root in
    YaST, or at the command line (that black thing you mentioned)..

    there ARE ways to log into Gnome or KDE (or the others) as root, but i
    will not explain it to you....just too dangerous....just moving a file
    can have great consequence for system stability..

    i am certain that many of the mysterious problems encountered in these
    fora are the results of loggin' into KDE et all as root....ESPECIALLY
    when i read "it works okay as root"...that is a dead giveaway that there
    is a file and/or directory permissions problem..

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    Default Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    well, let me (maybe) make a fool out of myself here..but in several
    years of using Linux exclusively i have never heard of clicking on a
    ..run file and having it "run"..
    The 'fool' feel sounds familiar to that when I started using Windows & MS-Office (joined in when Win was at Windows XP, but I started out with Win 98 'cuz XP was beyond my budget at the time). Nonetheless, I think I may not be wrong in saying (/thinking aloud) that I am a more proficient Windows & Office user than are some of my batch-mates. Not being super-IQ'ed, it was a result of trial & error ('R & D' as some may call it) & experience & reading some about Win & Office (there *are* more books on Windows OS than of any other OS's, esp Linux tho' Linux is fast catching up in this respect). Linux wasn't well-known at the time & probably would have fallen in 'geek domain' (some would still put it there, depending on where one is on the learning curve & what OS one uses).
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    Default Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    zmdmw52 wrote:
    > a result of trial & error ... & experience & reading


    when you are ready for some 'serious' reading get "X Window System
    User's Guide", ISBN 1-56592-015-5 and "Unix System Administration",
    Nemeth et al., ISBN: 0130206016.

    until then, you can borrow 'my' copy of: _LINUX: Rute User's Tutorial
    and Exposition (Version 1.0.0)_ by Paul Sheer, at
    http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

    enjoy!!

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    Default Re: How to install RPM's locally (thro' CD/DVD drive)

    you could click on a .run file and it would) and maybe you could also
    get something out of "Basic openSuSE concepts" at
    http://tinyurl.com/66h4rw....AND do not get confused and think i just
    gave you a "put down" because i did not...instead, i'm trying my best to
    Your link above is broke.
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