Hi, First let me say that although I have 23 years as a corporate application developer and DBA, including being a USER of environments like HPUX and AIX, I am a relative newbie in Linux-land, particularly in administering Linux (doing this for fun at home, call me crazy).
(old-cpu, you may recognize me as you have been helping me with my pesky sound problem).
Anyway, I am using SUSE 11.1 RC1 (latest version downloaded and installed on 12/5). I have hosed myself twice, first by running zypper dup, and the 2nd time by allowing the automatic updates to run. On both occasions, my network devices (wired and wireless) stopped working. When I tried to make and install again, the make bombed because basically the rule for “modules” was missing in the directory where the make was looking. I discovered that the update had changed the version from 220.127.116.11-4-default to (I think) 18.104.22.168-8-default, but all the kernel code still resided in the 22.214.171.124-4-default directory structure. I tried renaming the /usr/src/126.96.36.199-4-default directory to ./188.8.131.52-4-default, and changing the symbolic link /usr/src/linux-obj. Then the make completed successfully, but the executables didn’t work.
On both occasions, I didn’t know enough to fix the discrepancy, so I simply re-installed from scratch.
So my question is: Is it a standard expectation that users/testers of factory installs shouldn’t use the automatic updates? I read somewhere that there was a posting about this, but I don’t know where to find it. The automatic updates will work after the final release, right?
Thanks in advance for helping me to understand.