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    Default Restore/rollback function

    I wonder if a restore or rollback function is available in the new release 11.2. What I am looking for is a process which would allow to go back to a previous installation if an update or installation of an application does not work.
    I case in point, after the one click installion of VLC things got screwed up royally and not fixable to put it mildly.

    Such as process, if available, would make SuSe Linux just more enjoyable.

    Thank you for replying.

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    ve3fd wrote:
    > I wonder if a restore or rollback function is available in the new
    > release 11.2.


    yep, it is there...it is called a routine backup..

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    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    On Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:06:01 +0000, ve3fd wrote:

    > I wonder if a restore or rollback function is available in the new
    > release 11.2. What I am looking for is a process which would allow to go
    > back to a previous installation if an update or installation of an
    > application does not work.
    > I case in point, after the one click installion of VLC things got
    > screwed up royally and not fixable to put it mildly.
    >
    > Such as process, if available, would make SuSe Linux just more
    > enjoyable.


    If you go into YaST's software installation, select "installed packages"
    and then select a package that's installed, you can select an older
    version if an older version is available. The dependency checker will
    sort out other things that need to be downgraded in order to have the old
    package running for you.

    That's in 11.1 and has been available for a while - might get you to
    where you want to be. :-)

    Jim



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    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    I don't think there is a one on one equivalent of the windows system restore function, however I noticed in YaST via File > Export you can export a list of all currently installed packages.
    Zypper can import/export all repositories.

    That takes care of normally installed files. Any settings in the hidden folders inside the home folder can usually be deleted without a problem and will be recreated upon startup of the application, do confirm that before randomly deleting files though
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    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    Quote Originally Posted by palladium View Post
    ve3fd wrote:
    > I wonder if a restore or rollback function is available in the new
    > release 11.2.


    yep, it is there...it is called a routine backup..

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    Well, this certainly is an option - albeit time consuming. One of the other options would be to use Windows which in this case caters to old timers like me.

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    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:06:01 +0000, ve3fd wrote:

    > I wonder if a restore or rollback function is available in the new
    > release 11.2. What I am looking for is a process which would allow to go
    > back to a previous installation if an update or installation of an
    > application does not work.
    > I case in point, after the one click installion of VLC things got
    > screwed up royally and not fixable to put it mildly.
    >
    > Such as process, if available, would make SuSe Linux just more
    > enjoyable.


    If you go into YaST's software installation, select "installed packages"
    and then select a package that's installed, you can select an older
    version if an older version is available. The dependency checker will
    sort out other things that need to be downgraded in order to have the old
    package running for you.

    That's in 11.1 and has been available for a while - might get you to
    where you want to be. :-)

    Jim



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    Thank you very much Jim. This appears easy enough, although it did not help me with that VLC package which I referred to. Well, I am going to install 11.2 soon and from there on don't fix what is not broken. I just want to USE Linux and enjoy it.

    Heri (70 next week)

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    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    On Fri, 30 Oct 2009 23:56:01 +0000, ve3fd wrote:

    > Thank you very much Jim. This appears easy enough, although it did not
    > help me with that VLC package which I referred to. Well, I am going to
    > install 11.2 soon and from there on don't fix what is not broken. I just
    > want to USE Linux and enjoy it.


    Glad to help out, Heri - sorry that the older package wasn't available in
    this instance. It does depend on the maintainer of the repository
    leaving the older versions available - some do, and some don't.

    Have a happy birthday next week! :-)

    Jim

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Restore/rollback function

    > Well, this certainly is an option - albeit time consuming. One of the
    > other options would be to use Windows which in this case caters to old
    > timers like me.


    it is not so time consuming to set up a bullet proof backup function
    in Linux or openSUSE....and, after that it takes none of your time..

    but, are you saying that Windows gives you a rollback function with no
    setup or extra cost of any kind required?

    that is news to me..

    but, i wouldn't know from experience as i jumped off that ship in 1995
    while i was still young, in my late 40's, and thinking straight..

    i have heard that M$ users so often have problems that it would be
    good for them to offer a free, no-setup-required, one button
    way-back-machine..

    sure would go a long way to obviate the need for all those reinstalls
    and complete teardowns to sweep out the crud and malware, which i hear
    my less fortunate friends talk about..

    but, if what say is true i may go back to Redmond when i get in my
    70's, and when pigs can fly..

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