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I've got a minimal no-gui installation of OpenSuse 11.4 (x64). I'm trying to build CutyCapt which requires libqt4-devel. When I try to install it with the Yast, I get the following:

libqt4-develop-4.7.1-7.1.x86_64 requires Mesa-devel, but this requirement cannot be provided

Possible solutions:

deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-minimal_base-11.4-6.9.1.x86-64
+ others

My questions are:

  1. What does all this mean? What is Mesa-devel and what is patterns-minimal_base?
  2. Will something break if I go ahead and de-install the minimal base pattern?
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rpm -qi patterns-openSUSE-minimal_base will show the description of the package. –  Gilles Apr 16 '11 at 12:42
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OpenSUSE's patterns are like little package bundles and configurations which make it easy for you to run/install/update stuff. Look here for a quick history of patterns and why they came to be.

Removing the pattern patterns-openSUSE-minimal_base-11.4-6.9.1.x86-64 probably won't do anything you would allow you to install your qt4 library. These things happen sometimes with patterns, that's why I try and build my system from individual packages.

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