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12.1 update repository changes

February 20th, 2012 by

Teams from the openSUSE Buildservice and openSUSE Maintenance worked together since weeks now to integrate openSUSE distribution maintenance support into the Buildservice on build.opensuse.org.

There were a lot of changes and a lot of places had to be adapted, but finally they got it working: maintenance updates for openSUSE 12.1 are now handled inside the openSUSE Buildservice without further need of SUSE internal scripts (well: we still will have some of them running as backup for a while now).

As a lot of people were involved in this task and a lot of code has been written, some smaller bugs might still be included, even if everyone tries to avoid failures. One of the most visible bugs was the unsigned 12.1 update repository from 2012-02-18 until 2012-02-19: the reason was a sync script that tried to pull the repository from a wrong location where the signing was not yet done with the new setup.  We apologize for the trouble and irritation caused and really appreciate all the reports from our users about that broken repository – as this shows the high amount of interest and knowledge about the security impact such an unsigned repository has.

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16 Responses to “12.1 update repository changes”

  1. Elvin Moore

    Is there an easy way to repair the boot loader in 12.1?

    I run my computers as dual boot with Windows and opensuse. If I install 12.1 before windows, the boot loader disappears when I install windows. In earlier versions of opensuse, e.g., 11.2, there was a repair existing installation on the DVD installation disk. In 11.4 and 12.1 it has disappeared. Can this option be reinstated or is there some easy alternative method of recovering the boot loader?

    • Well, Duh! Surely you must know that when you install Windows, it rewrites the master boot record. Also, It might partition the drive for it’s one use. That is why you install Windows 1st. Then install openSUSE. OpenSUSE will use just a portion if the drive to install itself. After that, you have a dual boot system. Now, why torture yourself. Wipe the drive when installing opensuse 1st. Once openSUSE is installed, download Virtual Box and install your Windows as a virtual machine. That is what I have done, and it works great. If you use Windows a lot, give it a 30 gig partition. This will provide plenty of space for your applications. I use a dual core laptop with 2 gig and a 250 gig hard drive. This provides me with the ability to use two monitors; the laptop screen, and a 22 inch Samsung monitor. I run Windows in the 22″ when doing my dissertation, and my Kontack mail client on the other screen plus whatever else I do under Linux. The best of both worlds.

      • See, I totally agree with Rodney. The VirtualBox set up (IMHO) is the easiest and most productive set up. I’m always concerned with the security problems inherently associated with Windows. Not only that, but I find once in a blue moon I have to use it for some obscure place on the internet someone scrubbed out in .NET so I like to be able to just open Windows like any other piece of software, do what I need to do and shut it down again rather than jump back and forth. With the virtual desktops we can have Windows open on one while flipping through the others. Make sense? It works great, trust me.

    • Erich

      Just start like you install opensuse. When you abort the installation you’ll see a screen
      with some options. one of them callsstart installed system.May you have to choose the right partition (it’s / ). If all runs well you can repair now the bootlader with yast.

    • Chris


      If you are using Windows 7 and you are going to Dual-boot, you MUST install Windows first. I went through this process a few months ago and was unable to recover my existing Linux partition after having to play around with my setup to get a Windows 7 service pack installed. Also note, make sure you install all Windows service packs BEFORE you install Linux, because the MS service pack installation won’t work if the Windows Boot Manager isn’t your boot manager. I believe there are a couple of hacks out there that will let you work around this limitation to get a service pack installed, but can’t find the link to the one I used. Best to get the Windows partition fully updated before you install Linux.

      As an aside, I also use VirtualBox under Linux to run Windows, and it works great for everything (I use Visual Studio running on XP under VirtualBox) except a few games, which is my only reason for having Windows 7 as a dual-boot option. If you don’t have some specific reason for dual-booting, VirtualBox is a very viable option, though I would suggest 4 gigs of RAM on your machine for it to work well.

      Hope this helps,


  2. OK, what should we do with our repositories in openSUSE 12.1?
    should we change any thing in our system?

    • Lars Vogdt

      > OK, what should we do with our repositories in openSUSE 12.1?
      > should we change any thing in our system?

      As the problem that appeared over the weekend is fixed now (and hopefully for ever): no changes needed.

  3. hcvv

    Like ‘ali I am a bit worried who is to be in the audience of this message. When the avarge openSUSE user belongs to the audience, please explain what this means to the noob openSUSE user. When not, then it would be nice to tell that the avarage openSUSE user may skip this information.

    • Lars Vogdt

      Well, as we got some reports about the unsigned repository, I liked to share the information about “what’s going on with 12.1 and beyond” with a wider audience, so people who were unsure about the unsigned repository are informed that this was the result of a software/sync problem and not of a hacked server or something else.

      If you like to skip the information: just do it. Nobody forces you to read every news around the world. ;-)

      • hcvv

        No, nobody forces me to read every news in the world, but as an openSUSE user I glance through these openSUSE news. That narrows it allready down from “every the news in the world” considerably. And when a news item then talks about the openSUSE Update repo, which I use regulary, I would like to understand if this news is something I must understand or if I must take action. I am not alone here, as the comment of ‘ali above proves.

        But your answer to ‘ali answers my curiosity also. Thanks.

  4. After upgrading from suse 11.1 to suse 12.1, apache2 not started. It return with this error
    “Can not load /usr/lib/apache2/mod_php5.so into server”. Could anybody explain why?

    • hcvv

      IMHO this is far out of the scope of what is talked about here.

      Please go to forums.opensuse.org for all your technical problems with openSUSE. That is where your fellow openSUSE users volunteer to help.

  5. Adrian Schröter

    12.1 Update were handled via the beginning via this mechanism.

    The signing issue is unrelated that.

    Users will not have to change anything. The real change for the packager is still comming. We will communicate that when we are ready.

  6. hi,
    i have install opensuse 12.1 and i m new to this world of linux…. the problem that i m facing is that whenever i boot up my opensuse windows it display that the my system tray fail,,,, and whenever i connect to the internet all my windows screen disappear……
    could anyone help me what will be the possible way to solve this problem..

    • hcvv

      As allready posted above to another one having a problem not even remotely related to the subject of this news:

      Please go to forums.opensuse.org for all your technical problems with openSUSE. That is where your fellow openSUSE users volunteer to help.