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The zypper --config option has no effect

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


When attempting to use an alternate /etc/zypp/zypp.conf file, the zypper --config|-c command line options are ignored. When the reposdir is changed to an invalid location, the following still give correct responses:
# zypper lr
# zypper -c /etc/zypp/alternate.conf lr
# zypper --config /etc/zypp/alternate.conf lr
Invalid results were expected when the -c|--config were used for an invalid configuration file, but the specified configuration file was ignored.


Use ZYPP_CONF to use an alternate /etc/zypp/zypp.conf. For example:
# ZYPP_CONF=/etc/zypp/alternate.conf zyppr lr


The zypper -c|--config start up options only redirects /etc/zypp/zypper.conf, not /etc/zypp/zypp.conf.

Additional Information

The zypper command supports --reposd-dir and --cache-dir in case you just want to redirect /etc/zypp/repos.d or /var/cache/zypp that are configuration options within /etc/zypp/zypp.conf.


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  • Document ID:7023170
  • Creation Date: 11-Jul-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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