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Installing the Novell Client for OpenSUSE 10.2 onto OpenSUSE 10.3

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By Charlie Silverman

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Posted: 21 Nov 2007
 

Problem:

Installing the Novell Client for OpenSUSE 10.2 onto OpenSUSE 10.3

Solution:

The Novell Client for OpenSUSE 10.2 will install on OpenSUSE 10.3 with a few hacks.

  1. Download the client and run the install. You will get a number of failures starting with the novell-xtier-base installation. This fails because the install was expecting a certain version of binutils and OpenSUSE 10.3 has a newer version.

  2. From a root console, type the following:
    cd /usr/lib
    ln -s libbfd-2.17.50.20070726-14.so libbfd-2.17.50.0.5.so

  3. Force installation of the novell-xtier-base RPM to ignore the dependency failure:
    cd /media/cdrom (or wherever you have the installation image mounted)
    cd suse/i586
    rpm -U --nodeps novell-xtier-base-3.1.5-6.23.i586.rpm

  4. Run the install again using the ncl_install script from the installation media. The install should complete without further error.

  5. You will need to add the /opt/novell/ncl/bin directory to your path in order for the login utility to find all of the programs needed to process login scripts. Edit the /etc/bash.bashrc file and add the following line to the end:
  6. PATH=$PATH:/opt/novell/ncl/bin

  7. Log out and back in for the changes to the bash.bashrc to take effect.

The client should now be working correctly and your login script should process as normal.

Environment:

OpenSUSE 10.3 (x86) with the Novell Client 2.0 for OpenSUSE 10.2


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