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June 8, 2006

Is the SUSE Linux 10.1 Updater actually working?!?

by @ 7:20 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News

As all avid SUSE users know by now, the package update tool in SUSE Linux 10.1 has not been working even ALMOST properly. During the installation, the Internet connection is detected properly, but the update server is not found or something. Thus, it errors out, leaving no server from which to pull updates.


Last night, I was installing 10.1 on one of my machines. I tested the Internet connection as usual, which it detected properly. I also attempted to do the package update check that has always failed for me. Lo and behold, kick me in the face 39.3 times with steel-toed soccer cleats if I am lying, but the system found an appropriate server. I was absolutely shocked. I went ahead and did the updates. A few dependencies were screwed up, but I was able to come out of it unscathed.


Can someone verify for me that the update server is now working like it should be? Or did I just get the magical correct alignment of the planets, or what?

Obviously, they released something last week that was a test for a fix for that broken updater. I’m just wondering if it’s now fixed so that I can update all my boxes to 10.1. I refuse to do update my production boxes to 10.1 when the updater for said platform is broken. If it’s working again later today on one of the machines in my lab at work, I will very likely install 10.1 on my production box there. And then I will kick someone in the face with steel-toed soccer cleats.

Actually, I’ll probably test it 483 more times just to make sure. Then, I’ll install it on my other boxes.


I am quite excited about this one, too. I was able to connect from my Treo 650 to my server via ssh, completely wirelessly! Slap me in the eyeball with a rubber submarine, baby! Here are a couple of (yes, I know, hard to read) screenshots:

Connected to SUSE Linux Server - 'ps aux' command

Connected to SUSE Linux Server - 'top' command

That is something else. I can redo config files, restart services… obviously everything you could do via conventional ssh. Man, that is wild. Let’s hear it for technology. Let’s also hear it for Quentin Jackson who suggested TuSSH to me in the first place.

Per Russ’ suggestion, I tried out pssh. Very cool app, I must say. Even has a little CTRL button on the screen because my keyboard doesn’t have one on the Treo. Nice. Here’s a screenshot:

pssh on my Treo connected to my SUSE Linux server via ssh

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