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Attempting to register or run a zypper ref returns Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 3


While attempting to register a SLE 11 SP2 or SP3 system errors about Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s) are returned for one or more of the repositories that look something like the following:

Repository 'SLES11-SP3-Pool' is invalid.
Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)
Please check if the URIs defined for this repository are pointing to a valid repository.
Skipping repository 'SLED11-SP3-Pool' because of the above error.


Check the versions of the libgpg-error0 files (there is only 1 file in i586 systems)

rpm -qa | grep libgpg-error0


If those are the versions that show on the system do the following:

1. Get the following files from the SLE 11 SP2 or SP3 Media (the iso or DVD that matches the version of your system):

The versions shown are for SLE 11 SP2 but the SP3 files are in the same location.


2. Copy them to the server and do the following:

rpm -Uvh libgpg-error0*
rpm -e --nodeps suse-build-key
rpm -Uvh suse-build-key-1.0-907.37.10.noarch.rpm  (replacing the SP3 version if necessary)

3. run zypper ref

The zypper ref should refresh all applicable repositories without the "Valid metadata" errors.


The libgpg-error0 rpms are the SLE 11 SP1 versions (ie 1.6-8.6) which in turn puts the gpg keyring at SLE 11 SP1 values make the gpg key checks fail and invalidating the repository.


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  • Document ID:7013434
  • Creation Date: 09-Oct-2013
  • Modified Date:04-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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