SLES newbie: Where are development-related packages?

Hi there,

I am rather new to SLES (mostly used Debian-based Linuxes before) and having difficulties installing development-related packages on a SLES 11 SP2 server, which I recently got.

I found my way around with ‘zypper’ and realized that these repositories are setup on my machine: SLES11-SP1-Pool, SLES11-SP1-Updates, SLES11-SP2-Core, SLES11-SP2-Extension-Store, SLES11-SP2-Updates, SUSE-Linux-Enterprise-Server-11-SP2 (the installation medium).

When trying to search for/install (in my opinion rather basic) dev-packages like libopenssl-devel, libmysqlclient-devel or git, I realized that these are only available via third-party repositories and not included in the default repositories mentioned above.

Is this correct or am I still misunderstanding the ‘zypper’ ecosystem?

Thanks in advance.

Klaus

Hi Klaus,

as SLES is mostly targeted towards production systems, the development packages were moved to the software development kit (SDK). Download the ISO, install as an add-on product, then the packages will be available as repositories to zypp. The SDK is free of charge.

Regards,
Jens

On 08/06/2012 10:04, kwirschau wrote:
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I am rather new to SLES (mostly used Debian-based Linuxes before) and
having difficulties installing development-related packages on a SLES 11
SP2 server, which I recently got.

I found my way around with ‘zypper’ and realized that these
repositories are setup on my machine: SLES11-SP1-Pool,
SLES11-SP1-Updates, SLES11-SP2-Core, SLES11-SP2-Extension-Store,
SLES11-SP2-Updates, SUSE-Linux-Enterprise-Server-11-SP2 (the
installation medium).

When trying to search for/install (in my opinion rather basic)
dev-packages like libopenssl-devel, libmysqlclient-devel or git, I
realized that these are only available via third-party repositories and
not included in the default repositories mentioned above.

Is this correct or am I still misunderstanding the ‘zypper’ ecosystem?[/color]

No you’re not misunderstanding the zypper (or SUSE) ecosystem.

The above repositories all match those listed in TID 7010225 so you’re
not missing any for a standard SLES11 SP2 install.

Devel-packages are provided through the SUSE Linux Enterprise SDK which
is available for download @
http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=NgW3ToaagDQ~ or it’s
possible you may be able to add some online repos (I’ll have to check on
that).

HTH.

Simon
Novell/SUSE/NetIQ Knowledge Partner


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