Installing gbrainy with zypper (compiled with libzypp + metalink support)

Right now, with libzypp hacked version than I have in my laptop, I can do this:

./zypper install gbrainy
Reading installed packages…

The following NEW package is going to be installed:

Overall download size: 127,0 K. After the operation, additional 472,0 K will be used.
Continue? [YES/no]: YES
Downloading package gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch (1/1), 127,0 K (472,0 K unpacked)

getFile ( /media.1/media )
doGetMetalinkFileCopy –>
\ Downloading: media.metalink [starting]Metalink file exists – We can parse it 😉
We have 69 mirrors for this file
Downloading from
HTTP response: 200
done: /var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000003/media.1/media{- 0644 0/0 size 42}

getFile ( ./suse/noarch/gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm )
doGetMetalinkFileCopy –>
| Downloading: gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm.metalink [starting]Metalink file exists – We can parse it 😉
We have 69 mirrors for this file
Downloading from
/ Downloading: gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm [starting]HTTP response: 200
done: /var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000003/suse/noarch/gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm{- 0644 0/0 size 129095}
Downloading:  [done]
Installing: gbrainy-0.61-31.1 [done]

All seems well and correct but… right now begins a new problem 🙁 If the server responds with HTTP code 304, I get this error message:

Can’t provide ./suse/noarch/gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm : Can’t copy /var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000003/suse/noarch/gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm to /var/cache/zypp/packages/repo-oss
Repository ‘repo-oss’ is out of date. Running ‘zypper refresh’ might help.

Really, this error is caused because this file (/var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000003/suse/noarch/gbrainy-0.61-31.1.noarch.rpm{does not exist}) NOT exists 🙁

Post updated 02/07: In effect, we receive 304 response code because we send “If-Modified-Since: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT” in the header.

GET /distribution/11.0/repo/oss/media.1/media HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: ZYpp 5.0.0 (MediaMetalink – with curl 7.18.1 & libmetalink )
Accept: */*
If-Modified-Since: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT

HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified
Content-Type: text/plain
Accept-Ranges: bytes
ETag: “3592996126”
Last-Modified: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 02:42:38 GMT
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 13:31:06 GMT
Server: httpd/1.4.x

I’m thinking in this actions:

  • Disable “If-Modified-Since” in our petition via libcurl, or,
  • Try the next mirror when libzypp receives 304 HTTP code response.

Updated: We can disable “If-Modified-Since” header in our petition, simply commenting these lines:

curl_easy_setopt(_curl, CURLOPT_TIMEVALUE, PathInfo(target).mtime());

Good solution 🙂 ?

OpenSUSE 10.3 in my old (and dusty) laptop

Finally, summer is here 🙂 And, after a lot of rainy days and some exams, my head is thinking in something most appropriated to this time, like:

Go to the beach (21-25 june) 🙂 , go to Renens (Switzerland) (chez mon frere 🙂 (28 June – 6 July) ), and, of course, hack libzypp to try to add Metalink support 🙂

For these reasons today I have spent some hours in backup some files and remove (forever) Windows partition in my old (and dusty 🙁 ) laptop, and install OpenSUSE 10.3 in this free place. Also I’ve installed all the needed software (= my new friends ) : gcc compiler, cmake, subversion client, etc..- I must remember, however, upgrade to OpenSUSE_11.0 new week 🙂

So, now, I can tell than I’m ready to travel and to enjoy this Google Summer of Code 🙂

Renens, this days (picture taken from

Renens, this days (picture from