I would like to know whether there is a way to update an OpenSuse system (i.e 13.1) with the newest updates without having an internet connection.
Is it possibel to download the update on a notehr computer and save it on a USB stick or a CD ?
One way would be to rsync the entire Update repository on a USB stick/drive/network drive and then add that repository into the target system and then run update.
Currently the update tree for 13.1, including i586 and x86_64 is around 23GB. Naturally if you only have 64 bit systems, you can cut the i586 tree away and cut away about 6GB of the size. The update tree includes all updates for 13.1 and for all software that has had official updates released so it would include a lot of software you may never use / need.
that sounds like a good solution. But how can I do it ? I started with Dos 3.3 (yep, command line & batch files) & Windows since WfW 3.11. Last year I decided to switch partially to Linux (Win and those progs I have not found a Linux replacement for, are now banned into the virtual box) and am unfortunately still far away of doing in Linux (OpenSuse) what I could do in Windows. I use mainly the KDE GUI (Yast) and use command line (terminal) only if there is absolutely no other way, as I don’t feel there very safe as I still don’t understand the Linux OS architecture well enough and the different terminology is also having some impact. Btw. Any book(s) recommended ?
So in practical terms: How do I rsync the entire repository down on a USB stick or on disk, so that I can burn it on DVD(s) ? Where can I find a description/help ?
Really would appreciate if you could help me a bit .
> So in practical terms: How do I rsync the entire repository down on a
> USB stick or on disk, so that I can burn it on DVD(s) ? Where can I find
> a description/help ?
I don’t know of a description, but it is really simple:
Navigate with a tool you like to the update server, select and click to
download in full to somewhere else… A good tool will simply skip the
files already downloaded. No need to use a specific tool such as rsync,
leave that for another day, month, or year
For instance, you can use gFTP (no, not a gnome tool).
It does ftp, http, and others. It is graphical. You simply select a
directory and copy it to an existing or new local directory on your
Then sit and wait long enough…
There is am option, in preferences, network tab, to limit the download
speed, if you need it. I do.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)