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Suse Enterprise 11 SP2 how to install git

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I’ve never had a problem installing git on any Linux distro, but now I’m forced to use a client’s server which is SLES 11 SP2. It uses yast or zypper to do package management, which I’ve never used before. Apparently I should be able to zypper install git-core but that doesn’t work because it needs a certain repo added. Of course none of this is on the official git installation page here.

I found what packages belong to the SLE11-SP2-SDK repo here. But no instructions on how to add the repo to yast or zypper.

I’ll also accept an answer that simply tells me how to install git on a SLES server. I’ve already tried from source, but of course it’s missing requirements which also belong to the SDK repo.

This is what I get when I do “zypper install git-core”:

$ sudo zypper install git-core

Refreshing service 'nu_novell_com'.
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
'git-core' not found in package names. Trying capabilities.
No provider of 'git-core' found.
Resolving package dependencies...

Nothing to do.

I figured it out, only by piecing together other info mainly from the OpenSUSE project.
Basically it’s:

$ sudo zypper addrepo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools:/scm/SLE_11_SP2/devel:tools:scm.repo
$ sudo zypper install git-core


git is part of the SDK for SLES, which can be downloaded here:

http://download.novell.com (ideally for the currently used SP2)

Once you installed itm the zypper or yast commands work. It’s not recommended to use openSUSE rpms within a SLES environment.


You need to download the SLES 11 SP2 SDK DVD’s from download.suse.com. In order to access the downloads, you need to register a user account (it’s free).

  1. Once downloaded, mount the first DVD. (make sure it is for the correct architecture)

  2. Load up YaST and go to Software->Add-on products.

  3. Then select ‘Add’ and continue the installation by selecting the installation source, accepting the license, etc.

  4. Repeat for DVD2, unless DVD1 had everything you needed.


I meet a silly problem during zypper refresh, later figured out that /tmp directory should be created ahead. After that, everything work out.

13392046a881:/ # zypper -v refresh
Verbosity: 1
Initializing Target
Specified repositories: 
Checking whether to refresh metadata for Software configuration management (SLE_11_SP3)
Retrieving: repomd.xml [done]
Repository 'Software configuration management (SLE_11_SP3)' is up to date.
Building repository 'Software configuration management (SLE_11_SP3)' cache [done]
Error building the cache:
[|] Failed to cache repo (3).
- 'repo2solv.sh' '-o' '/var/cache/zypp/solv/devel_tools_scm/solv' '/var/cache/zypp/raw/devel_tools_scm'
mktemp: failed to create file via template `/tmp/tmp.XXXXXXXXXX': No such file or directory