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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5

4 YaST

YaST is the installation and configuration tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. It has a graphical interface and the capability to customize your system quickly during and after the installation. It can be used to set up hardware, configure the network, system services, and tune your security settings.

4.1 YaST interface overview

YaST has two graphical interfaces: one for use with graphical desktop environments like KDE and GNOME, and an ncurses-based pseudo-graphical interface for use on systems without an X server (see Chapter 5, YaST in Text Mode).

In the graphical version of YaST, all modules in YaST are grouped by category, and the navigation sidebar allows you to quickly access modules in the desired category. The search field at the top makes it possible to find modules by their names. To find a specific module, enter its name into the search field, and you should see the modules that match the entered string as you type.

Important: List of installed YaST modules

The list of installed modules for the ncurses-based and GUI version of YaST may differ. Before starting any YaST module, verify that it is installed for the version of YaST that you are using.

4.2 Useful key combinations

The graphical version of YaST supports keyboard shortcuts

Print Screen

Take and save a screenshot. May not be available when YaST is running under some desktop environments.


Enable/disable the color palette optimized for vision impaired users.


Enable/disable logging of debug messages.


Open a file dialog to save log files to a non-standard location.


Send a DebugEvent. YaST modules can react to this by executing special debugging actions. The result depends on the specific YaST module.


Start/stop macro recorder.


Replay macro.


Show style sheet editor.


Dump widget tree to the log file.


Open a terminal window (xterm). Useful for installation process via VNC.


Show widget tree browser.