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Yast2 online update to SLES10 SP2 / SP3 via NFS fails

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2


Although the installation sources are existant on the NFS server, Yast2 Online Update was failing, complaining that packages are not found even though the packages were there at the right path. 

While creating the installation source, user need to create a symlink to "../suse" in the "patches" subdir of the source dir. But the backward symlink, (for example /susesoftware/sles10/64bit/DVD/SP2/CD1/patches/suse -> ../suse) does not work with NFS mount. So on the clients, the packages are not visible.


On the server, create a symbolic link in (for example) "/susesoftware/sles10/64bit/DVD/SP2/CD1/" to "/susesoftware/sles10/64bit/DVD/SP2/CD1/patches/repodata":

# cd  /susesoftware/sles10/64bit/DVD/SP2/CD1/
# ln -s patches/repodata/ ./

- There is no need to create the link /susesoftware/sles10/64bit/DVD/SP2/CD1/patches/suse -> ../suse.
- On the Clients,  while specifying the "Installation Source" ( YaST -> Software -> Installation Source), give "Path to Directory" = /susesoftware/sles10/64bit/DVD/SP2/CD1/  
- Restart the update.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the update procedure to SP2 have a look at TID 7000387 - How to update to SLES/SLED 10 SP2.


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  • Document ID:7001502
  • Creation Date: 02-Oct-2008
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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