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openSUSE supports for some time online live upgrade. However I see two issues here:

  • minor -- I already have DVD downloaded and burned
  • major -- until now my eth0 card is not oficially supported, so on every upgrade it is disabled, and later I have to install drivers for it. I am afraid it might be the case with live upgrade as well -- i.e. upgrader would "upgrade" the driver for eth0, disabling it, and eventually breaking entire upgrade process

So I am wondering if I could treat DVD as repository and point it for zypper to perform live upgrade "downloading" packages from the disc? Is it possible? How to do it?

I cannot run DVD and perform upgrade from there, because installer from the disc has hard time recognizing my LVM partitions, in short -- it does not recognize them. So I though why not try it from running system with fully working partitions.

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Yes you can, zypper's man page has two example uris of doing just that.

man 8 zypper

CD or DVD drive
       Optionally with devices list for probing.

       cd:///
       dvd:/subdir?devices=/dev/sr0,/dev/sr1

You can add them repo zypper's addrepo command.

zypper ar dvd:/?devices=/dev/sr0

For more information refer to http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Libzypp_URIs

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  • Thank you. So despite the info about live-upgrade it can be configured that way (download DVD and use it as repo) that it has all advantages without any drawbacks. Dec 2, 2013 at 10:55

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