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Re: [opensuse] Need help!
On 5/31/19 5:36 PM, Doug McGarrett wrote:

On 5/31/19 4:14 PM, DennisG wrote:
YaST should be on the apps menu, under System.  You can also run "yast2" (not "yast") from the command line (as root).  "Software Management" is very similar to Synaptic (but YaST is more comprehensive IIRC).  If you input "epson" in the search bar to left, it will return the package ref'd above.  Also note the search option "RPM Provides" which searches for a filename within an uninstalled package and "File list" which does the same for installed packages.  The information box below for each package shows more details.

To see all packages in each configured repo and all of which are installed, use the "Repositories" tab at top and then the lists displayed.

Installing an rpm via the command line is now done with zypper (the CLI equiv to YaST gui).  Doesn't matter where the rpm file is located, once installed it can be deleted.  But do try to get the driver via YaST/zypper - it is very likely in the opensuse repo.

I discovered that an app that I am familiar with works: apt-get install filename.rpm. The other info you provided above is very nice--I have to see if there is a file list for AVAILABLE but not yet installed packages. I can't remember the exact name of every file that I would like to install.
(Am working off a screen dump from a crashed PCLOS system before it crashed.)


Of course you can't remember the names of every wanted package; who could?  But no need to at all.

Again, to see *all available* packages in each (every) configured repo (the main repo's are added by the installer) click on the "Repositories" tab in YaST/Software Management.  On the left side is a list of each repo, as well as a selection for the entire "@system".  In the list to the right, the packages with checks are installed, unchecked means not installed.  Other than certain multimedia related packages (see below), I would guess that nearly all of what you're looking for will be in the main repo's.

Before long you will likely need to add one or more unofficial repositories, of which there are many.  In particular, the "Packman" repo holds many widely-used unofficial suse packages maintained by contributors; there are about a dozen in that repo that are needed for a fully unencumbered multimedia experience. To find all repo(s) having a particular package name, the "Get Software" link on the opensuse home page presents a search utility.  YaST Software Management also organizes packages by "patterns" or "groups" which can be useful in identifying all in a category that may be of interest.

I strongly recommend you use either YaST or zypper to install packages.  Zypper is every bit as comprehensive as Debian apt if not more so, and it is native to suse.

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