Hi, everybody, I am a new user to openSUSE but long time linux user. I used to be the “under the hood geek” type, and then I started a business and ever since I have been more interested in getting work done. I am fairly knowledgeable about linux, but no expert.
I was on PCLinuxOS since their 0.92 release, and it was great except the 2008 to 2009 release has things in a bit of a catch 22 for me regarding getting my CD burner to work, which I need for business, so I started looking at other distros and openSUSE seems the best choice for long term viability. So here I am. This is the first time I have ever tried any SUSE really.
I have managed to figure out everything different so far, but I am setting up for work and have the problem that after installing LyX (in which I write books), I can generate a DVI, but not PDF or PS. I used the package manager to be able to install LyX, naturally, and I of course did a search for answers before posting here on the forum, but what little I found did not answer my questions. I had this same problem once with the 1.5.x series but the solution suggested in the second to last post in this thread fixed it; no such luck with 1.6.
I am in the software installation tool and a search for “pdflatex” turns up no results…
Searching for “latex” results in a nice list, but nothing indicating “pdflatex”…
and searching for “pdf” also returns a nice list of programs, but nothing about “pdflatex”.
That seems to make perfect sense for why it’s not producing PDF output! This is from the software manager… I suppose this means I am missing repositories or something? Not sure how to proceed from here… I’m used to Synaptic.
469.17 mb of data gets installed when I select LyX. I had a friend suggest that I the problem is that there is no viewer installed, or that it is not set to a valid viewer… he runs Mint, and said that it defaults to kpdf, but he had to install xpdf and xpdf-tools, and then set it from a viewer of kpdf to xpdf.
Upon attempting to install xpdf or xpdf-tools, I get a package conflict with poppler and poppler-tools. I tried using “poppler” instead of “kpdf” in the viewer specifcation, but still no dice… then I did a search for “pdf” using the software manager and searched through the file lists for various programs installed with LyX, finding no file named “poppler”…
So, I looked through various packages that were not installed, and the package for kdegraphics3-pdf had kpdf in it and very few dependencies. I installed it, and voila. Problem solved.
In any event, thanks for the help. I am running the 64 bit version, maybe that accounts for the little snag?