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    Default Server pushing apps to Linux PCs

    We have several labs running openSUSE. When we went from M$ to openSUSE, we saved a tremendous amount of service man hours. We would like to see if there is there an application that can push Linux apps to Linux PCs. Simple enough eh? You can email me at [email address removed] Thanks for the wonderful product. And Yes! We do have a lot of fun!

    Rod Donovan
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    Default Re: Server pushing apps to Linux PCs

    On 2011-11-08 23:36, rrdonovan wrote:
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    > We have several labs running openSUSE. When we went from M$ to openSUSE,
    > we saved a tremendous amount of service man hours. We would like to see
    > if there is there an application that can push Linux apps to Linux PCs.
    > Simple enough eh?


    I haven't seen such a thing on openSUSE. Maybe on SUSE.

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    Default Re: Server pushing apps to Linux PCs

    rrdonovan wrote:

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    > We have several labs running openSUSE. When we went from M$ to openSUSE,
    > we saved a tremendous amount of service man hours. We would like to see
    > if there is there an application that can push Linux apps to Linux PCs.
    > Simple enough eh? You can email me at laredoflash@gmail.com
    > Thanks for the wonderful product. And Yes! We do have a lot of fun!
    >
    > Rod Donovan
    >

    Maybe http://www.openqrm.com is worth a look. I also think one can do some
    clever things with webyast.

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    Default Re: Server pushing apps to Linux PCs

    @rrdonovan.

    You posted an e-mail address in your post. That means that it can be found by any e-mail harvester and thus you most probbly will be swamped by spam.
    While this is something of you own choice, there is another aspect to this from the point of view of the Forums. This is a discussion forum for openSUSE users. It would be very frustrating when fellow users searched for a similar solution and found this thread. Then to see the question, but not the answer because that was hidden in a private e-mail discussion. Questions, discussions and solutions should be here as an integrated thread to the benefit of everybody that has the same questions.
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    I used the following solution on a fair amount of Unix systems of different flavour. And I am still using it on my home systems (only a few and all openSUSE) today.

    I run an SFTP over SSH session in a cron job. This is not obvious to build. I had several slightly diffenrent strains of command for different Unix "tastes" and even had to adapt to newer software levels sometimes.
    The problem is that you run what is in reality an interactive session from the batch. Thus you have to pre-program all your SFTP commands and assume that the session will run as you expect.

    Creating in my ksh (I use ksh, not bash, but that is minor) script the sftp script:
    Code:
    {
                            print "cd ${REMSCRIPTS}/${DIR}\n${SSHRM} *"
                            print "put index\nchmod 500 index"
                            print "put pakket.tar.gz\nchmod 600 pakket.tar.gz"
                            print "bye"
                            } >scriptfile
    Using a call like
    Code:
    sftp -b scriptfile ...
    This is to give you an idea.
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    On 2011-11-09 10:16, hcvv wrote:
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    > @rrdonovan.
    >
    > You posted an e-mail address in your post. That means that it can be
    > found by any e-mail harvester and thus you most probbly will be swamped
    > by spam.
    > While this is something of you own choice, there is another aspect to
    > this from the point of view of the Forums. This is a discussion forum
    > for openSUSE users. It would be very frustrating when fellow users
    > searched for a similar solution and found this thread. Then to see the
    > question, but not the answer because that was hidden in a private e-mail
    > discussion. Questions, discussions and solutions should be here as an
    > integrated thread to the benefit of everybody that has the same
    > questions.


    Absolutely. Which is why I ignored such a request.

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    Default Re: Server pushing apps to Linux PCs

    On 2011-11-09 10:26, hcvv wrote:
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    > I used the following solution on a fair amount of Unix systems of
    > different flavour. And I am still using it on my home systems (only a
    > few and all openSUSE) today.


    Very manual.

    I Windows shops I have seen updates pushed by the central IT people. I
    don't know how they did it, it was not updates directly from Microsoft.
    Instead they vetted the updates, and then distributed them simultaneously
    to the entire business. Same thing for the internal software we used. I
    forgot the name of the client tool.

    Usually they requested that we leave the machines on when we went home, and
    then they started working.

    I have not seen such tools on openSUSE. I guess that the SLES products,
    being enterprise oriented, may have such advanced administration tools. But
    I do not know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2011-11-09 10:26, hcvv wrote:

    Very manual.
    Yes, but only for finding out and keeping the scripts up to date. And it also required a configuration file that contained which system is to be served with what version of the scripting. But whee they are all openSUSE with about the same level, that will all be minimal once created.

    But in day to day life, it worked as intended. It was allways run at friday night from cron (and it checked if the system had an older version, else it would not push the package). Then those pushed packages were run by all those (more then a hunderd) systems at saturday. And the results were then retrieved by the central system, with something very similar to the pushing script, at sunday. Analisys was done by the central system on sunday evening. And when I came back to work on monday, the bulk of the data was available. Of course there were allways some systems switched off during the weekend for maintanance or the like (they were seriuos systems, not desktops )

    As I said, worked for years to satisfaction.
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    On 2011-11-09 11:06, hcvv wrote:
    > As I said, worked for years to satisfaction.


    Sure!
    But you had to implement it yourself.

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    Default Re: Server pushing apps to Linux PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2011-11-09 11:06, hcvv wrote:
    > As I said, worked for years to satisfaction.


    Sure!
    But you had to implement it yourself.

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