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The Importance of Running SuSEconfig After Installing

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By Kirk Coombs

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Posted: 11 Jul 2005

Applies to:

  • All Novell/SUSE Linux Products

SUSE Linux stores much of its configuration information in the files and folders under /etc/sysconfig/.

These configuration options can be used in two ways:
  1. They can be read directly
  2. They can be migrated to other configuration files in /etc/ with the /sbin/SuSEconfig command.
The configuration migration method is most often the case when an option in /etc/sysconfig/ leads to several changes in other configuration files.

Next time you install a package with YAST, notice that it runs SuSEconfig after completing the installation of the packages. This is because newly installed packages may have included changes to the configuration options in /etc/sysconfig/.

It is important for these changes to be migrated to the proper configuration files. Thus, it is important to run SuSEconfig manually after installing packages manually.

For example:

# rpm -i package.rpm
# SuSEconfig
Starting SuSEconfig, the SuSE Configuration Tool...
Running in full featured mode.
Reading /etc/sysconfig and updating the system...
(many config scripts are executed)

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