Questions on installing apps, not sure which repos to use

I’ve been away from linux for a long time so I’ve ‘come home’ and after trying many other distros, I’ve come back to openSUSE where I left off.

Choosing which repositories to use seems a little more confusing then I remember. I want to install peazip because Ark still just can’t do 7-Zip fully. I could get it from but then I lose the the ability for the software updater to let me know when a new version of peazip comes out. Also, packages in repos fit opensuse better. So I search and there are four repos to choose from, two with ver. 5.4.0 and two with 5.4.1. I want 5.4.1 but there are two repos to choose from, devel:languages:pascal and home:enzokiel. Both packages seemed to be maintained by the same person, enzokiel. This is just one example, there are others that are not so ‘related’ and have more repos. Steam is another example but the ‘games’ one seemed to be the obvious choice so I’m good there.

Next, the vendor, priority, etc. of repos is a bit confusing. I remember I had a system that worked well for me but that was long ago. I’ve read info on and other places, but my questions still remain: what is the best way to handle vendors and priorities. For example, the Packman repo contains packages that are in the official repos but usually have enhancements like codecs. The packages in Packman can be newer or older that the official repos but generally, Packman is the way to go. Should I set Packman’s priority to be chosen first and/or should I switch vendor to packman? There is also the KDE repos. Should I switch vendors to thoes? I’m sure there will be some packages butting heads. Is that where priority comes into play? Which one should be higher? This whole repo mix was a big reason for me to not consider openSUSE. Other distros, like the *ubuntu’s and Mints, have the same sort of thing but usually not as bad. I also have the practices behind Ubuntu like Mir, Unity, etc. Canonical is following Microsoft’s footsteps, right down to what Microsoft did to IBM and Apple.

Also, does just having Packman include the Essensial, Multimedia, Extra, and Games repos or should they all be added individually? (

Finally, I am an American in the US and I thought that there use to be Packman mirrors in the US or at least North America. Is that not the case? Which mirror seems better to use in the US? The other day, the main link for Packman was down so I changed it to another German link and it worked, but it was still kinda slow.

Thanks a bunch!

Just stick to the basic repos as active after installation. Switch off the install medium that may stay active after some types of installation. Then use the stickies at the multimedia forum to add Packman and switch to it.

Those are the basics. Only when you realy need packages from other repos, add them. Once a package is installed from such a repo. vendor stickyness (on by default) will see that you will not install the same package from another repo by incident becauser it gas a higher version number. Priorities are nor used by many here and I doubt that those who use them realy benifit.

When using a repo for just one (or a few related) packages (e.g using a one-click installation), it might wise to disable that repo to avoid installing other packages from that repo by incident. If you think you should check if there is a newer version of that particular package from that repo, enable it, check, install when wanted and disable again.

Try to keep the number of repos minimal to avoid dependency problems.

Opinions on apper vary but, if you enable it, you will get regular updates from the repos which do not make it to the Update lists.

BTW am NON-Technical user with Gnome NOT on KDE :-o

Ran terminal command: zypper se zip showed p7zip and other zip packages available

IF mhenry676 plans "to install peazip because Ark still just can’t do 7-Zip fully. "

might p7zip from the Main Repository (OSS) do it ?

paulparker@linux-30s5:~> zypper info p7zip
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

Information for package p7zip:
Repository: Main Repository (OSS)
Name: p7zip
Version: 9.20.1-10.1.4
Arch: x86_64
Vendor: openSUSE
Installed: Yes
Status: up-to-date
Installed Size: 4.0 MiB
Summary: 7-zip file compression program
p7zip is a quick port of 7z.exe and 7za.exe (command line version of
7zip, see for Unix. 7-Zip is a file archiver with
highest compression ratio. Since 4.10, p7zip (like 7-zip) supports
little-endian and big-endian machines.

mhenry676, also thanks for your mention “the main link for Packman was down so I changed it” was wondering why failed when tried add it to another (new to linux) users computer :slight_smile: