OpenSuSe 12.3 Gnome Desktop and Novell client 2 sp2

Hi,

Running OpenSuSE 12.3 with the Gnome desktop. I am trying to install the Novell Client2 sp2 and get various errors about dependencies and missing rpm’s and a file libbfdxxxx.so. I followed a few posts about how to do this but it just seems to screw with the system.

Any ideas …
Regards
John

On Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:56:03 +0000, John Gill wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Running OpenSuSE 12.3 with the Gnome desktop. I am trying to install
> the Novell Client2 sp2 and get various errors about dependencies and
> missing rpm’s and a file libbfdxxxx.so. I followed a few posts about how
> to do this but it just seems to screw with the system.

The client hasn’t been updated to work with the current version of the
kernel - I don’t know that you can make it work because there’s a closed-
source kernel module.

With earlier kernels, I was able to get it to work by grabbing the
required libfd rpm and extracting the specific file from there and
putting it in /usr/lib. I don’t know that that’ll work any more.

You’ll probably want to ask in the Novell Linux Client forum at http://
forums.novell.com if there’s an update.

Jim


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> The client hasn’t been updated to work with the current version of the
> kernel - I don’t know that you can make it work because there’s a closed-
> source kernel module.
>
> With earlier kernels, I was able to get it to work by grabbing the
> required libfd rpm and extracting the specific file from there and
> putting it in /usr/lib. I don’t know that that’ll work any more.
>
> You’ll probably want to ask in the Novell Linux Client forum at http://
> forums.novell.com if there’s an update.

I used to make a symbolic link to the new libs for the missing versions but
I haven’t gotten that to work in quite some time. I’ve reverted to using
the ftp server on my Novell box when needed. I’ve also used VMware shared
folders with my Windows instance to transfer files. Not sure if the freeware
virtualizers have an equivalent. You’d think Novell would want to be as
compatible as possible rather than clinging to the old closed model but
c’est la vie.

On Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:51:42 +0000, GofBorg wrote:

>> The client hasn’t been updated to work with the current version of the
>> kernel - I don’t know that you can make it work because there’s a
>> closed-
>> source kernel module.
>>
>> With earlier kernels, I was able to get it to work by grabbing the
>> required libfd rpm and extracting the specific file from there and
>> putting it in /usr/lib. I don’t know that that’ll work any more.
>>
>> You’ll probably want to ask in the Novell Linux Client forum at http://
>> forums.novell.com if there’s an update.
>
> I used to make a symbolic link to the new libs for the missing versions
> but I haven’t gotten that to work in quite some time.

Yeah, once upon a time that worked, but then the function calls changed,
so the older library was actually needed.

> I’ve reverted to
> using the ftp server on my Novell box when needed. I’ve also used VMware
> shared folders with my Windows instance to transfer files. Not sure if
> the freeware virtualizers have an equivalent.

Yes, VirtualBox also allows the use of shared folders. Other options for
file connectivity to OES/NetWare would be CIFS, FUSE-based filesystems
like curlftpfs, or even ncpfs (which I think is still included in
openSUSE).

> You’d think Novell would
> want to be as compatible as possible rather than clinging to the old
> closed model but c’est la vie.

Indeed I would, but it seems that for most purposes, Linux doesn’t exist
for them any more, sadly.

Jim

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