The YaST Online Update Module

YaST's online update module can be started from within YaST by selecting the Software icon in YaST's left pane and then selecting the Online update icon in YaST's right pane. YOU (Yast Online Update) can also be started either from the susewatcher Start online update button (which of course requires you to type a root password) or by typing:

# yast2 online_update

YaST examines the system against the patches available, and in the main screen it informs you of the patches that you may want to install. An indication of priority is given: Security patches are given prominence (see Figure 9-29).

When you have agreed to install the patches, the installation proceeds almost exactly like a YaST software installation. At the end, YaST runs SuSEconfig and the update is complete.

There are two additional YaST modules for configuring online updates: one is labeled "Automatic Online Update'' (yast2 online_update_setup) and allows you to set up automated updates as a scheduled task. The other, labeled "Online Update Configuration" (yast2 inst_suse_register), provides for the initial setup of online updates and is normally run as part of the installation. For SLES, a key is required to enable the connection to the server. For openSUSE, running this module simply sets up the server that the system will contact in the future to obtain its updates.

FIGURE 9-29

YOU displaying available patches

FIGURE 9-29

YOU displaying available patches

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