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This chapter is mainly intended for system administrators and experts who do not run an X server on their systems and depend on the text-based installation tool. It provides basic information about starting and operating YaST in text mode (ncurses). It also explains how to update your system online automatically.
Basically, the entire program can be controlled with Tab, Alt-Tab, Space, the arrow keys (↑ and ↓), Enter, and shortcuts.
When YaST is started in text mode, the YaST Control Center appears first (see Figure 3.1. “Main Window of YaST in Text Mode”).
The main window consists of three areas. The left frame, which is surrounded by a thick white border, features the categories to which the various modules belong. The active category is indicated by a colored background. The right frame, which is surrounded by a thin white border, provides an overview of the modules available in the active category. The bottom frame contains the buttons forand .
When the YaST Control Center is started, the category ↓ and ↑ to change the category. To start a module from the selected category, press →. The module selection now appears with a thick border. Use ↓ and ↑ to select the desired module. Keep the arrow keys pressed to scroll through the list of available modules. When a module is selected, the module title appears with a colorful background and a brief description is displayed in the bottom frame.is selected automatically. Use
Press Enter to start the desired module. Various buttons or selection fields in the module contain a letter with a different color (yellow by default). Use Alt-yellow_letter to select a button directly instead of navigating there with Tab. Exit the YaST Control Center by pressing the button or by selecting in the category overview and pressing Enter.
The following description of the control elements in the YaST modules assumes that all function keys and Alt key combinations work and are not assigned different global functions. Read Section 3.2. “Restriction of Key Combinations” for information on possible exceptions.
Use Tab and Alt-Tab or Shift-Tab to navigate among the buttons and the frames containing selection lists.
Use the arrow keys (↑ and ↓) to navigate among the individual elements in an active frame containing a selection list (e.g., between the individual modules of a module group in the Control Center). If individual entries within a frame exceed its width, use Shift-→ or Shift-← to scroll horizontally to the right and to the left. Alternatively, use Ctrl-E or Ctrl-A. This combination can also be used if using → or ← would result in changing the active frame or the current selection list, as in the Control Center.
To select buttons with empty square brackets (check boxes) or empty parentheses (radio buttons), press Space or Enter. Alternatively, radio buttons and check boxes can be selected directly with Alt-yellow_letter. In this case, you do not need to confirm with Enter. If you navigate to an item with Tab, press Enter to execute the selected action or activate the respective menu item (see Figure 3.2. “The Software Installation Module”).
The F keys (F1 to F12) enable quick access to the various buttons. Which function keys are actually mapped to which buttons depends on the active YaST module, as the different modules offer different buttons (Details, Info, Add, Delete, etc.). Use F10 for , , and . Press F1 to access the YaST, help which shows the functions mapped to the individual F keys.