It seems SLES 11.2 (and OpenSUSE) are missing many devel (dev) packages common in other distros such as Ubuntu Server or CentOS. I understand that packages / deps may be wrapped up in other-named SLES packages, but it's difficult to track down, especially if you're coming from those other distros, which I am.

http://software.opensuse.org/developer/en isn't much help in this regard.

Can someone recommend a good source (or sources) for dev related packages for SLES? Perhaps its something simple I'm overlooking. Of course Googling around you can find numerous (shady) sites with RPMs and such but of course something more "official" would be ideal.

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You are looking for SDKs. Go to Suse downloads, select SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit and the version you want.

If you want just the dev-rpms, DVD 1 is enough. DVD 2 contains the source-rpms for these rpms.

  • How to get zlib.h for SLES 11? Start with downloading several GB of iso images and then... Don't you see something is deeply wrong here? Nov 30, 2016 at 10:52
  • @Dawid Toton: In an enterprise environment you will have internal repo servers for dozens of servers. And then you sync the update-repos, too.
    – Nils
    Nov 30, 2016 at 17:28

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