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    Question Installing all media on OpenSuse DVD to avoid dependencies

    Whenever I install new applications in OpenSuse, I need to be either connected to an online repo or have my OpenSuse DVD prepared so dependencies can be installed. Sometimes this gets bothering or confusing, and I'd like to be able to install software without having to add new dependencies each time.

    Given I have enough HDD space, I thought it would be best to install everything located on the Opensuse DVD. Many people said it's not a good idea to, so I wanted to hear more opinions and recommendations about this. Does it hurt anything to install all packets, tools, libs, etc. from the Opensuse DVD, except for taking a bit more disk space?

    I'm not really interested in installing any tools I do not use, just all packets that are dependencies in 95% of software installs (generally libs if I'm right). Would help if I could only install a necessary category and not quite everything on the DVD, if possible.

    I noticed that compared to other distros (including the old classic Suse) OpenSuse installs fewer packages at installation time. While other distros install with an additional of +2GB packages, Opensuse ads around 1.4GB or even less iirc.
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    Default Re: Installing all media on OpenSuse DVD to avoid dependencies

    MirceaKitsune wrote:

    >
    > Whenever I install new applications in OpenSuse, I need to be either
    > connected to an online repo or have my OpenSuse DVD prepared so
    > dependencies can be installed. Sometimes this gets bothering or
    > confusing, and I'd like to be able to install software without having to
    > add new dependencies each time.
    >
    > Given I have enough HDD space, I thought it would be best to install
    > everything located on the Opensuse DVD. Many people said it's not a good
    > idea to, so I wanted to hear more opinions and recommendations about
    > this. Does it hurt anything to install all packets, tools, libs, etc.
    > from the Opensuse DVD, except for taking a bit more disk space?
    >
    > I'm not really interested in installing any tools I do not use, just
    > all packets that are dependencies in 95% of software installs (generally
    > libs if I'm right). Would help if I could only install a necessary
    > category and not quite everything on the DVD, if possible.
    >
    > I noticed that compared to other distros (including the old classic
    > Suse) OpenSuse installs fewer packages at installation time. While other
    > distros install with an additional of +2GB packages, Opensuse ads around
    > 1.4GB or even less iirc.
    >
    >

    If you've got the HD space what I'd do is take the DVD's iso (either
    downloaded or ripped from the disk) image and put it in a directory (say
    called ~/iso. Then create a subdirectory in there called OpenSuse.
    Finally mount the iso image. In konqueror (I'm running kde 3.5)
    right-clicking on the iso file-->actions-->mount ISO file at folder and
    pointing the dialog box to the folder ~/iso/OpenSuse mounts the ISO as if
    it were a disk in the drive.

    I'd then need to change the settings in Yast-->Software-->Software
    Repositories to disable the cd repo and add the image....

    Wow, wait a sec. I was just in there doing this to confirm what I was
    saying and there's an option right in the Add Software Repository dialog to
    add a local ISO image. So you don't have to bother mounting the image.
    Just point Yast at the ISO directly. Nice work someone in the Yast
    development group

    kev.
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