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How to update Novell Linux Desktop 9 to Support Pack 2 using Red Carpet.

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By Joe Harmon

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Posted: 11 Aug 2005

Applies To:

  • Novell Linux Desktop 9

Important: The Novell Linux Desktop 9 Support Pack 2 will be available through Novell's ZLM Server ( on August 15th, 2005. Below is the procedure showing how that update will occur.


  1. First thing that you should notice is that there are updates showing available though the update icon.

    Note: Currently this update icon is only showing up in GNOME and not in KDE. This has been reported to engineering.

  2. Now we want to bring up Red Carpet. You can do this by either clicking on the update icon (shown above) or by accessing it though the menu system.

  3. Once Red Carpet has been loaded, you will notice that you have numerous updates on the Update tab. This is Support Pack 2.

    Note: If you do not see any updates, then you probably haven't subscribed to Novell ZLM server. To subscribe to the Novell ZLM server, see the following document: How to subscribe your Red Carpet client to Novell's ZLM update service.

  4. Before we update to Support Pack 2 we must first update Red Carpet to fix a couple of bugs that would impede the update process. Click the Search tab and in the drop-down list choose All Channels. Then in the search field, type red-carpet rug rcd and hit enter. Double click on the red-carpet, rug, and rcd packages that are marked newer. Then click Run Now.

  5. The system will do a dependency check against the packages. Once that is finished, click Continue to install the packages.

  6. Now go back to the update tab and click on the Update All button.

  7. Again, a dependency check will be done on the packages. Once the check is complete, click Continue to install the packages.

  8. Once the update has finished, your Update tab should show that you are "Up To Date" on your packages.

  9. Now for our last step we will need to reboot. In reality there are very few changes on Linux that require a reboot, but one that does is when a new kernel has been installed. Therefore, in order for our new kernel to take effect we will need to reboot our system.

  10. That's it, you're done.

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