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Re: [opensuse] Offline Repository for openSUSE
  • From: Hans Witvliet <hwit@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 23:51:42 +0100
  • Message-id: <1232578302.6407.15.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 2009-01-22 at 00:31 +0530, Aditya Bhiday wrote:
On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:22 AM, Wolfgang Rosenauer
<wolfgang@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Aditya Bhiday schrieb:

I am a student from BITS Pilani Goa Campus in India. We have an
appreciable number of openSUSE users in our campus. However, due to
limited bandwidth, it is very difficult for us to download packages
and updates from the internet. Hence, I would like to know if there is
a way to host a local repository in our campus.

For Ubuntu, we had ordered a DVD set containing all the Ubuntu
repositories. We have hosted the content of these DVDs on a local
server, and the server updates its packages from the internet
automatically. Is something similar possible to do for SUSE too?


Thank you very much for your quick reply.

We already have the iso images, and have no problem in the
installation of the original system.

Mirroring is a good idea,
however, since the repo is very large and I am not well acquainted
with how to mirror it, I would appreciate a detailed guide to do it. I
know that wget will be a good idea, but if I get the arguments of it
wrong, it will take long to redo the whole repo until I get it right.
Hence it will be great if somebody can help me with this.

Also, once I download the whole repo, keeping it up to date without
downloading the whole thing again will be another challenge for me.

One approach I tried was to cache all the rpm files that I downloaded,
and tried to make a repo using the createrepo utility. However due to
some error, I was not able to do that successfully.

Any ideas?

Some idea's:
it's certainly worthwhile making a local install-server, that contains
at least the updates, IF:
- you have a number of machines
- have to re-install frequently (for testing for instance)
don't use wget, use rsync for this purpose

For off-line media, dvd's won't do, better think blu-ray...
Remember, that the dvd-iso's don't hold all the rpm's!
The openSUSE_11.1/oss directory is about 14 GB
Update directory grows from 0 B upto 33GB (the 10.1 release)
Packman holds currently, for the 11.1 release 18 GB

Persnally, i rsync from, but you might rather try a
university local to you. Most of them have install, update, packman and
even the OBS.


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