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Automate Banshee Updates


October 30, 2006 6:27 am





Okay, time to finish off the “How to Update Banshee” posts. The Mighty Aaron Bockover has put up a repository for SLED10 and another for openSUSE 10.2 (openSUSE 10.2 is still being developed).

  • If you followed my previous steps on buidling banshee from source, you have to uninstall all the packages before adding these. This is as easy as using “sudo make uninstall ” on each of the source folders from which you previously did the install, but going in reverse order. (If you did not save the source install folders, then you have a bigger problem–same as a couple of my systems–that I have yet to work out how to fix.)
  • Remember that on SLED10 this is not officially supported by Novell, so this is not for production deployments.


1. Add the Banshee Update Repository to your Update Lists
Add Banshee Installation Repository

  1. Start YaST2, and open the “Installation Source” tool
  2. Add a new HTTP installation source
  3. In “Server Name,” enter “”
  4. In “Directory on Server” enter “SLED-10/”
  5. Click OK
  6. Import the crypto certificate when presented
  7. Click Finish to close and save the added repository

(click the thumbnail at right to see interfaces)

2. Banshee PackagesSelect the Banshee packages to Install/Update

  1. Start YaST2, and open the “Software Management” tool
  2. Select the following packages to Install or Update
    1. banshee
    2. banshee-engine-gst
    3. banshee-engine-helix
    4. banshee-plugins-DAAP
    5. banshee-plugins-default
    6. banshee-plugins-extra
    7. helix-dbus-server
    8. libipoddevice
    9. ipod-sharp

(click the thumbnail at right to see interfaces)

Technical Issues

  1. Main menu often locks up after installing the packages.
  2. Banshee start up does not complete on the first attempt.
  3. If you did my previous method for compiling banshee from source, Banshee may crash on each subsequent starts.
  4. Others? Please comment below.
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Disclaimer: This content is not supported by Novell. It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test it thoroughly before using it in a production environment.