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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 15 SP2

YaST is a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop tool that provides a graphical interface for all essential installation and system configuration tasks. Whether you need to update packages, configure a printer, modify firewall settings, set up an FTP server, or partition a hard disk—you can do it using YaST. Written in Ruby, YaST features an extensible architecture that makes it possible to add new functionality via modules.

Additional information about YaST is available on the project's official Web site at https://yast.opensuse.org/.

3.2 YaST Interface Overview Edit source

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 4, 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.

3.3 Useful Key Combinations Edit source

The graphical version of YaST supports keyboard shortcuts

Print Screen

Take and save a screenshot. It may not work on certain desktop environments.

ShiftF4

Enable and disable the color palette optimized for visually-impaired users.

ShiftF7

Enable/disable logging of debug messages.

ShiftF8

Open a file dialog to save log files to a user-defined location.

CtrlShiftAltD

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

CtrlShiftAltM

Start and stop macro recorder.

CtrlShiftAltP

Replay macro.

CtrlShiftAltS

Show style sheet editor.

CtrlShiftAltT

Dump widget tree to the log file.

CtrlShiftAltX

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

CtrlShiftAltY

Show widget tree browser.

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