[lug] Fustration with SuSE

Siegfried Heintze siegfried at heintze.com
Mon Jan 30 11:51:32 MST 2006

Thanks Hugh,
That (YaST) worked. I dearly regret that I cannot figure out how to burn a
DVD that that old notebook can read. It is really tedious feeding YaST all
those CDs over and over and over again.

I'm really surprised that I missed the option for SuSE's development option
in the installation. As I have been experimenting with different
distributions, I've installed SuSE quite a few times and never saw it. And
you would think I could have performed a google search and found that
information. Surely other neophytes have had the same problem.

Another strange thing is that if you don't set your screen resolution to
something greater that 800x600 during the installation, it is not obvious
how to set it to 1024x768 later. After the initial installation I could not
figure out how to set it to anything larger than 800x600. I could set it to
lower resolutions but not larger. Weird! So I started over and installed all
5 CDs over again.

Good think I had nothing better to do.


-----Original Message-----
From: lug-bounces at lug.boulder.co.us [mailto:lug-bounces at lug.boulder.co.us]
On Behalf Of Hugh Brown
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:50 AM
To: Boulder (Colorado) Linux Users Group -- General Mailing List
Subject: Re: [lug] Fustration with SuSE

> Since SuSE 10 was 5 CD instead of 4 (like Fedora Core 4) I was hopeful
> get a lot of development stuff but no luck. What is on all those CDs that
> installed?

If you accepted the default software selection when you installed, you
probably only got a subset of what was on those 5 cds.

> I cannot even get g++ to work! I tried whereis g++ and it could not find
> on the virgin installation. I tried rpm -iq g++ and it says it is not
> installed. I googled the http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/ for g++ and
> found other postings. They told me to use whereis and rpm -iq. Another
> posting dated Jun 2005 has no response
> (http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/index.php?showtopic=16784)

the support form told you commands to find g++ if it was already
installed.  obviously it isn't.

> Now most installations use the c/C++ compiler to compile the source for a
> new package (emacs, for example). Now how does this work if SuSE does not
> even give me g++ or gcc?

most installations don't give you the c compiler unless you ask for it
(typically by installing the Development collection).  You are correct
that you won't be able to build new packages w/o a compiler.  so you'll
want to install the compiler tools first (which must feel like a

> I went to rpmseek.com and searched for g++ 4.0 but could only find a
> distribution!
> What are the SuSE counterparts to yum and rpm?

yast is the tool you want to use.  find the software portion and install
gcc/g++ and friends.

suse uses rpm, they also provide yast as a front end for rpm (among other

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