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    Question some questions about package installation

    I'm new to linux and I choose suse to start with because my company pc has SLES 11 SP 3 installed.

    I have some software installation problems and questions when I'm playing with my company pc:

    1. I know in linux, to install a package, the normal way is to add a repository(internet, local, network) which contains the package into the repository manager, it's zypper on suse. Then install it by zypper in <package_name>. But where to find the unofficial repository repository containing the package I want ?

    2. where to find the repository url? I want to install google chrome onto my SLES, so I find there's a google linux repository here:
    http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/index.html
    when I click on the google chrome, it leads me to a chrome fancy download page, but there's no repository url link. What I want is a http repository url, I can't find it anywhere.
    But I find someone pasted the url(http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/x86_64) in this post:
    https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...ome-repository
    why is he able to find this url?


    3. why does every repository has different url for different version? like here, the OSS repository:
    https://en.opensuse.org/Package_repositories#OSS

    Does that mean I need to pick the repository url corresponding to the distribution version I'm using?
    Then how about SLES 11 SP3? I can't find a url which corresponds to this version.

    4. What's the difference between the versions of the same repository? Will there be some packages available in a higher version, but not available in the lower version?

    Can I add a higher version repository url to my low version distribution repositories? Will I be able to install the package from the high version repository?

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    Default Re: some questions about package installation

    On 2015-06-18 02:56, hatelove85911 wrote:
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    > I'm new to linux and I choose suse to start with because my company pc
    > has SLES 11 SP 3 installed.


    Oh. But these are the openSUSE forums, not the SLES forums. You need pop
    the question there, not here. Same login as here.

    https://forums.suse.com/forum.php

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    Default Re: some questions about package installation

    Hi
    For SLE (The commercial enterprise edition) the url's are created when the system is registered, to see what those URL's are you can check at SCC under your subscription and see the mirror url's, username password etc. Or on the system run the command;
    Code:
    zypper lr -d
    For openSUSE search for packages here;
    https://software.opensuse.org/search?

    If your wanting SLE packages, there are repositories on the openSUSE Build Service (OBS) on the search engine above just click on the spanner at the right to select the distribution release (or set to all distributions) for a bigger list.

    Now there are a plethora of repositories, so if there is a specific list of things your wanting to install just try not to a) use too many different ones b)if possible not use home repositories as these may be of questionable quality.... but just ask here and someone will point you in the right direction.

    If you look at adding any of the repositories or packages on your SLE system, this may void any support issues your wanting fixed until you remove all of the unofficial packages and can reproduce the issue....
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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    Default Re: some questions about package installation

    Hi
    Further to my other reply, for openSUSE there is a release number as part of the repository URL, so say you have openSUSE 13.2 then that would be part of the url.

    The reason for seeing different version is all in the building, older release of openSUSE say package X.1.1 may only work with library Y.1.1 in a later release of openSUSE the library is Y.2.5 and only package version X.5.5 will build with this, so you will see older packages releases in the distribution.

    So, you will find that newer versions eg Google Chrome will not work with openSUSE Evergreen (or SLE 11 SP3) because the libraries are too old...
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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