My reading on this topic in the Audacity Forum suggests to me that LAME is not part of OpenSuSE 11. Is this correct?
That’s correct. It’s not part of the default install.
Documentation on that forum recommends that I download a suitable package - but there does not seem to be an rpm containg LAME when I search with YaST. Is this correct?
That’s correct as well, partly at least. You can get lame out of the packman repo. You have two choices which end up with the same result.
start YaST → Software Repositories and add the packman repo (part of the community repo list). Afterwards start the software management once again and you’ll find lame this time.
click on that link Webpin, select openSUSE 11.0 and search for lame. then click on the 1-click-installer on the right of the lame package. YaST will then subscribe the packman repo for you and install lame and possible dependencies automatically for you.
It’s not done through YAST. It’s done via a browser. Open firefox or whatever browser you prefer, go to Webpin and search on codecs, or mp3, or whatever you’re looking for. Many links to one-click-installers will come up.
A one-click install basicly adds the repository, downloads everything needed, installs the software, and then puts things back to the way they were.
and a search on lame gives this for openSUSE-11.0: Webpin search results for lame
so you should be able to find all of those in YaST for Packman. They can definitely be installed with zypper (if the Packman repository is already setup).
“Access to the Package Manager failed. Another process is accessing the package database” This result from both Software Management and Software Repository functions within Yast.
I think the system is lying to me: I walked all around the computer and there’s definitely nobody else using it…
If I choose to continue, then Yast fails with an error message. Look on the bright side: it’s not only Packman that I cannot get to!