A local or remote directory containing packages plus additional
information about these packages (package meta-data).
- (Repository) Alias
A short name for a repository used by various zypper commands. The
alias can be chosen by the user when adding a repository and has to be
Represents a whole product, for example openSUSE.
A pattern is an installable list of packages needed for a special
purpose. Examples are Base System, providing
the openSUSE basic system, or GNOME Base
System, containing all packages needed to run the GNOME
A package is a compressed file in rpm format that contains the files
for a particular program.
A patch consists of one or more packages—either full packages or
patchrpm or deltarpm packages— and may also introduce
dependencies to packages that are not installed yet.
An generic term for product, pattern, package or patch. The most
commonly used type of resolvable is a package or a patch.
A patchrpm consists only of files that have been updated since it was
first released for openSUSE 11.1. Its download size is
usually considerably smaller than the size of a package.
A deltarpm consists only of the binary diff between two defined
versions of a package and therefore, has the smallest download size.
Before being installed, the rpm package has to be rebuilt on the local