Rollback a package installation under openSUSE

Even if the 99,9% of times all the applications released through the official repositories are reliable and perfectly working, sometime a buggy package might get installed on our systems after an update. With a few steps we can rollback to the previous version taking advantage of the feature made available by package managers and repositories.

Add an application to the KDE system menu

Whether you are compiling an application yourself, or you are just using a binary tarball archive, having a method to notify the Desktop Environment about the installed software to have a shortcut in the system menu or just register it to handle a certain MIME type, it is for sure a comfortable adding. If that method is also widely adopted among several, if not the major part, of Desktop Environment available, then it becomes a must!

Under the hood of zypper_upgraderepo gem

Zypper-upgraderepo came in my mind the day I realized to abandon the old method of download and burn the ISO to upgrade my openSUSE Linux distro. There is nothing wrong on reinstalling everything from zero and clean up all the junk accumulated, but the good ability of Yast and Zypper to keep the system in good conditions after several package installations and removals, made me think to take advantage of the dist-upgrade command.

Sysroot does not seem to be an OS tree

Sometimes error messages can result in more scared than they are, especially those strictly related to the boot loading. In that situation, when the error message is not much clear, we wrongly assume that a clean reinstallation is the only solution.

Populate the KDE service menu

Often we rely on CLI applications or small scripts to elaborate files and most of the time we would like to have quick access to them while browsing our filesystem with a file manager like Dolphin. Luckily, an highly configurable environment like KDE, overcomes this issue allowing every user to populate the contextual menu.