Unable to install a custom package via AutoYaST

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1


A custom rpm package fails to install via AutoYaST due to dependency resolution failure. The rpm package requires ksh.
On the client the following error message occurs in the /var/log/YaST/y2log file:
No installable providers of /bin/ksh


The cause of the problem is, that on the SP1 installation media the file suse/setup/descr/EXTRA_PROV misses the following line:
ksh: /bin/ksh

As the media are already released, there is no way to fix this directly.

As a workaround, use the following procedure to create the addon media:

  • Suppose the source resides in myInstallSource, create the addon repository by using:
    create_update_source.sh myInstallSource
  • Copy the ksh rpm package from the SP1 media and your custom packages into the addon repository. The path is myInstallSource/updates/suse/$ARCH, where $ARCH is the architecture.
  • Change the directory:
    cd myInstallSource/updates/suse
  • Edit the file setup/descr/EXTRA_PROV: at the end of the file, append the following extra line:
    ksh: /bin/ksh
  • Perform the following commands:
    create_package_descr -x setup/descr/EXTRA_PROV
    cd setup/descr
    ls >directory.yast
Now it should be possible to install the custom packages via AutoYaST.

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  • Document ID:3587428
  • Creation Date: 15-Nov-2007
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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