How to Display Patches that Need to be Applied

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11


You want to see which patches need to be applied to your server.


If you have already run a supportconfig, then you can see the patches needed by typing grep '| Needed' updates.txt. This assumes you are in the directory where the supportconfig files have been extracted. For example:

# grep '| Needed' updates.txt 
SLES11-Updates | slessp0-gstreamer-0_10-plugins-good  | 984     | security    | Needed        
SLES11-Updates | slessp0-sles-manuals_en              | 1003    | recommended | Needed        
SLES11-Updates | slessp0-yast2-ldap-server            | 896     | security    | Needed        

You can also run a command line tool that will show you the same needed patches.

Below are examples of commands that are run on each SLES version to show needed patches.

# rug pch | grep '| Needed'
SLES10-SP2-Updates          | slesp2-apache2         | 6571-0  | security    | Needed
SLES10-SP2-Updates          | slesp2-glibc           | 6597-0  | recommended | Needed
SLES10-SP2-Updates          | slesp2-kernel          | 6632-0  | security    | Needed
SLES10-SP2-Updates          | slesp2-openssl         | 6654-0  | security    | Needed

# /usr/bin/zypper --non-interactive --no-gpg-checks patches | grep '| Needed'
SLED11-Updates | sledsp0-acroread                    | 1059    | security    | Needed
SLED11-Updates | sledsp0-nfs-client                  | 841     | optional    | Needed

Additional Information

If you want to update your server, then refer to the following TIDs.

TID7000387 - How to update to SLES/SLED 10 SP2

NOTE; It is highly recommended that you update your entire system, and not just individual patch files.


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  • Document ID:7004974
  • Creation Date: 03-Dec-2009
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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