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Re: [opensuse] Dependency Nightmare!
On 31/12/13 18:45, David C. Rankin wrote:
On 12/31/2013 01:23 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
I installed 'libvpx1' to my existing installation of vlc and I can now at least
view the downloaded YouTube videos which I couldn't view before. I have yet to
try out viewing a Bd movie - will report the result.

Sorry to say that a whole application collapses and becomes useless simply
because of *one* tiny (1.7MB) file?!


To get around this problem I used to set the priority of the videolan
repository and the kde3 repo slightly lower than default (99). Like this:

# zypper mr -p 90 videolan

I was able to avoid packman/videolan conflicts. Apparently the zypper magic
gives priority to repos with lower priority numbers. So if you have packman at
99 and vidolan at 90, then zypper logic should use the videolan packages -- as
long as they have the same name as the packman packages (rpm logic should handle
any conflict if the spec files were correctly written)

I cannot recall if setting 'solver.allowVendorChange = true' is required in
/etc/zypp/zypp.conf to have priority function correctly, but it is something
that I have always done. Others will have to chime in on this issue.

Thank you David. I usually have these priorities set in the manner you suggest (but not this time - with the exception of the kernel repo - as the list of my repos shows).

What is really the bottom line in regards to this is that-

(1) a new user of openSUSE and YaST and zypper wouldn't have a damn clue about this priority-thingie and not to mention the inane fact that the LOWER the number the HIGHER the priority!;

(2) it has already been mentioned here, or in another oS list, that one of the problems is that some files may have the same "build" number but be different in their contents; and

(3) for some mysterious reason when I did my usual morning routine of 'zypper refresh>zypper patch>zypper up' and one (I think) patch was downloaded and installed, things dramatically changed: a short time later I had to go into YaST to check on a file and decided to do the "Upgrade Packages if new ones available" and guess what? -- NO dependency problems, not a single one, clean as a whistle...... and there were 3 files which needed updating, and they were without a hitch. Go figure!

The only thing I can think of re (3) is that one does not install a version of openSUSE if it is released at the end of the year when the festive season is fast approaching........

(Which raises the question of what were earlier versions of oS which were realeased in November and December? (See list here: )


Using openSUSE 13.1, KDE 4.12.0 & kernel 3.12.6-1 on a system with-
AMD FX 8-core 3.6/4.2GHz processor
16GB PC14900/1866MHz Quad Channel Corsair "Vengeance" RAM
Gigabyte AMD3+ m/board; Gigabyte nVidia GTX660 OC 2GB DDR5 GPU

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