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Is this a case for a replacement DVD from the 9.3 Professional package? (Not a rant!)
  • From: "Peter N. Spotts" <pspotts@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 17:54:02 -0400
  • Message-id: <20050727175402.76a173fa@xxxxxxxxxx>

Disclaimer: What you are about to read *is not* a rant. Just the set-up
to the question...

I took delivery via mail Friday of a shiny boxed set
for 9.3 Professional on my Toshiba Satellite 1905-303S laptop. When I
tried to install it yesterday, the installation DVD wouldn't read
packages unless I deactivated acpi at the outset of the install.

Then, a significant fraction of the packages failed to install or
couldn't be read in the first place. And when I finally hit the "ignore"
button enough times and reached the stage where the installer was
setting up the initrd file, the installation just hung up there and
went no farther.

I tried the installation several times, each one calling for
successively fewer files, thinking it might work if I start small, then
add programs manually later. But it still hung at initrd.

Finally, out of frustration (and perhaps realizing that I qualified), I
trucked off to Barnes and Noble about 9:30 last night to buy "SuSE 9.3
for Dummies." The installation using the book's DVD went flawlessly
the first time, with acpi activated.

Now, knowing that I didn't use the installation DVD from 9.3 Pro, can I
still get access to the software on the other four DVDs? Or should I
try to get another 9.3 Pro DVD 1 from SuSE, and, gulp, reinstall from

At this stage, I'd rather chalk it up to experience and move on.
But I also like compiling from source whenever I can, and Yast shows a
much smaller "development" package tree on the book's DVD (it was
tagged as a "special edition" -- which I took to mean stripped down)
than I remember seeing on my 9.1 Pro installation.

On the few programs I've tried to commpile, some configuration
processes say they can't find X headers and libraries; in other cases
-- plugins for Gkrellm, for example -- running "make" yields nothing
but screens full of error lines.

(OTOH, I have discovered the joys of apt!)

Is there a way to get Yast to recognize the files on the remaining DVDs?

Thanks for any suggestions on this...

With best regards,


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