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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

9 Responses to “Is the SUSE Linux 10.1 Updater actually working?!?”

  1. russ Says:

    try pSSH for the Palm. works just as well, but it’s freeware.

  2. Scott Morris Says:

    Right on, I will try it. Thanks for the info.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Christian Says:

    The update was due about now, I think. Discussion on the openSUSE ML:

  4. Quentin Jackson Says:

    Hmmm, some time back my 10.1 home server (used mostly as a NAS Box) also did some updates (before the fix was posted) via autoupdate, at least it offered them to me but I chose not to install them, later I was unable to access them again. This install was a text only install perhaps theres something in that.

  5. Lamont R. Peterson Says:

    I have just successfully run an update on OpenSUSE 10.1 on my (this) notebook. However, the Software Updater tool (in the tray) crashed, but YOU works.

  6. Edward Ascencio Says:

    Hi Scott,

    Recently Andreas, Of Novell/Suse Linux has released a Suse Linux Top Management package.

    Resolving all exsisting issues with Suse Linux 10.1 libzipp/zen/yast2 package manager.

    Its works like a charm, how take caution with performing the update.

    I strongly recommed using smart –gui in to perform the updates.

    Yast2 sw_single, tends to want to utilize the rpm’s from the ISO’S.

    He has disscussed making a official announcement, regard the patch.

    SUSE Linux 10.1: Testpackages for Package Management Stack

    Here’s the site –
    Read the following first – June 02, 2006

    And here’s the Yum Repository for Yast2

    Edward A.

  7. Scott Morris Says:

    Great info, I hear smart is the way to go.
    Thanks for the heads-up, and thanks for stopping by.

  8. Andrew Foulsham Says:

    Yes, 10.1 updates here have not been working until a recent update. The best way to get the update to enable package updates to work how they were supposed to seems to be to use the Smart tool.

  9. gaaA Says:

    Try Smart from Its very fast and the best for SuSE(my experience).

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