Maybe we got online update wrong?

To all:

I had to reinstall Suse 10.3 on my old Asus P2B-DS motherboard, since the install on Suse 11.0 missed the 2 IDE drives. After finally getting things settled down, I did the Yast2 Online Update call, to catch up with those patches.

After 8 hours later, at 1:30 am in the morning, Yast2 Online updater finally proclaims “no patches available” Voila!!

But as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, I thought, gee I could have installed at least 6 systems by now. And gee, had someone created an iso-disk or had a script that takes all the patched files and collates them into a repository, then it would have only taken me 3 hours to download on my DSL (4+ gigs) and then only 1 hour or so to install, saving me 4 hours.

So things with online updater gotten out of hand? At least I admit now that I can throw Suse 10.3 and 11.0 systems together quickly.

Just asking for some thoughts on this? I found that yum was broken, apparently a python script barfs, yumex died too, and kyum couldn’t handle the unicode characters either. Yum appeared to be faster than Yast2 online update, as far as updating the software… but…apparently the openSuse folks prefer Yast2 since the Online Update is a module for this system admin tool.

Use zypper - Zypper - openSUSE

yum is a RedHat tool and is not a good idea to use on SuSE anyway as you won’t have synced repositories with the rest of the system. If you want to use yum, use Fedora.