Unable to create repository (at install time)

This is a mystery and I have not found anything like this anywhere.

When I point the installer (Yast) at one of the mirror repositories (ftp.klid.dk in this case) the installation runs smoothly. When I download the iso image from the same mirror and loop-mount it on my own ftp server I get this error:

"Unable to create repository from URL 'ftp.//yosie/DVD64'"

followed by these detaiils:

"Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)"


History: "Repository type cannot be determined"

When I burn the same iso file to a DVD it installs without a hitch.


  1. All tests (md5sum, sha1sum and signature) pass for the iso image.
  2. It is the 64 bit version that won’t work, the 32 bit version does not show these symptoms.

It appears that the iso image and the files in the download repository are not the same?

Pleas help me solve this mystery.


PS I have photos of the log on console 3 available for both install attempts. They appear identical.

So I would suggest that if you have not done so already, to start with the following link and read about what you are trying to do as something does sound wrong.

SDB:Network installation - openSUSE

Thank You,

The link
SDB:Network installation - openSUSE
is mostly about what to do on the client side, but the links in the article gave me a hint, so now it is solved.

The 64 bit iso image must be mounted on a mount point that looks something like this


I had it mounted on


The 32 bit iso does not require this, which I find kind of odd.

Hey, you figured it out. That is great news. Further, should you see someone else with the same problem, you can jump right in with the answer. Also, every major solution I come up with or see online, I make a note of the problem and fix on a separate partition from openSUSE. It is good to write such things down for future use, with all of the details while you still remember them all.

Thank You,

Good idea. I’ll make a note in Tomboy, my note keeper.:slight_smile:

BTW, in

what do you mean by ‘separate partition’? It cannot be a disk partition???


On 2010-08-15 10:06, BentBagger wrote:
> Good idea. I’ll make a note in Tomboy, my note keeper.:slight_smile:
> BTW, in
> jdmcdaniel3;2206602 Wrote:
>> …I make a note of the problem and fix on a separate partition from
>> openSUSE.
> what do you mean by ‘separate partition’? It cannot be a disk
> partition???

I don’t see the difference.

A different disk, a different partition, paper… somewhere you can read when linux does not boot -
meaning tomboy is not the place :wink:

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” GM (Elessar))

I have discovered that over the years, writing down complex solutions found to computer issues almost always end up providing useful information back to me or when I see someone else with the same problem. While you do remember you had a solution, the exact details seem to fade fast unless you perform the task every week, so documentation is the key to using the fix again, for you or someone else.

Next, at least for me, I constantly upgrade, swap, change, must replace, test new software, make mistakes and screw up a load on an openSUSE Linux computer. I have determined that keeping important information, such as solutions (and music files and video files), on a safe hard drive partition I am not likely to wipe out while reinstalling openSUSE, is the best way to retain such information. Using a note taker for such information will be helpful for others, but in your time of need, it may fail you.

Further, I am a firm believer in keeping information in more than one location and so not only is important stuff on a separate partition, but it is on more than one hard drive, just in case. Hard drives fail for all Operating Systems, including openSUSE and if you dual boot with Windows, virus can come out from no where and blow up your system. Sometimes you might decide to reload Windows, but find you must take out Linux as well before Windows will install. In a weak moment, you take out the Linux partition, not remembering all of the information you are about to lose. I could go on and on with the dumb things I have done before, but you must be getting the picture by now, of the problem and not me. lol!

Thank You,

I agree with both of you. Being a retired person now I know how fast you forget small (and sometimes not so small) details, so I also believe in keeping notes.

Unlike you, James, I treat my desktop as a tool, so I only update when I absolutely have to. I just updated to 11.3 because I needed a newer version of MythTV and I didn’t feel like building it from sources. I do all my experiments (‘play’) on either my laptop (it has 3 Linuxes and 1 Windows on it right now) or I use virtual machines on my desktop.

My /home is on its own partition (on a raid1 array) which is not reformatted when I reinstall and that partition and a few other directories (/etc, /root and /usr/local/src) are backed up to another PC on a daily basis. That backup is copied to an external harddrive once a month or so. So even if my home partition should crash I will be able to get it back.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.