On 10/30/2012 6:06 AM, george0135 wrote:
> Hello everyone
> I am wondering how do you install software onto an opensuse box that
> doesn't come on the DVD ,how does yast do this, check dependences etc
> also some software is available only as a tarball opensuse uses rpm
> and how easy might it be to uninstall?
> your ideas ,thoughts on this greatly appreciated
> Many thanks
If you're looking for a specific piece of software, go to
At the very top of the page is a black box
labeled Package Search. Type in the name of the software you want, and
you can see if the software is available in a standard repository. Click
the Direct Install button, and it will launch YaST, install the software
and add its repository to your YaST system. This also works for types of
software, like "text editor" (quotes aren't necessary).
YaST uses the information included in the RPM package to check for
dependencies, and ideally locate those dependencies on your system. It
will alert you to any problems.
As for tarball-only packages, I don't recommend them for folks new to
Linux, as they are often difficult to install and uninstall. If a
tarball proves useful, someone will package it up soon enough.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions or problems.
Author, "openSUSE Linux Unleashed"
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