How to install superperms
on openSUSE


Daniel Llewellyn (diddledan)
  • Daniel Llewellyn (diddledan)
  • Science

Search for minimal Super Permutations

Search for minimal Super Permutations as part of a distributed computing project. More information can be found in these videos:

This article ( in Quanta magazine also explains.

The search is based upon these research papers:

This snap was created by the Ubuntu Podcast community. We would be grateful if you could join the "Ubuntu Podcast" collective for this search so we can "win", but this is optional. Please also give the Ubuntu Podcast a listen in your podcatcher or at the UbuntuPodcast Website (, and maybe join The Ubuntu Podcast Telegram chatroom (

Statistics for the search and team leaderboard (

To run with your team set to Ubuntu Podcast:

superperms team "Ubuntu Podcast"

The default team is "Anonymous".

You can tell the program to run for a specified number of minutes, after which it will wait to finish the current task before quitting:

superperms timeLimit 120 team "Ubuntu Podcast"

This would tell the program to run for 120 minutes and then quit, after it has finished its current task.

You can also enforce a stricter time limit, using the option timeLimitHard:

superperms timeLimitHard 120 team "Ubuntu Podcast"

With this the program will run for 120 minutes and quit, within about 5 minutes of that quota, even if it is in the middle of a task.

A single client will use one CPU core, so if you want to dedicate more CPU time to the search you need to run the client multiple times - the standard is to run one client per CPU core in your PC.

This app will eat batteries on a laptop or tablet computer so it is advisable not to run this on such devices if they are not plugged-into a stable power outlet. The search will also produce a lot of heat.

The source code for this client is on GitHub (

Ongoing discussion about the search is held in the Google Group (!forum/superpermutators).

Details for superperms

Last updated
13 September 2019

Enable snaps on openSUSE and install superperms

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, an app store with an audience of millions.

Enable snapd

Snap can be installed from the command line on openSUSE Leap 42.3, Leap 15 and Tumbleweed.

You need first add the snappy repository from the terminal. Leap 15 users, for example, can do this with the following command:

Swap out openSUSE_Leap_15.0 for either openSUSE_Leap_42.3 or openSUSE_Tumbleweed if you’re using a different version of openSUSE.

With the repository added, import its GPG key:

Finally, upgrade the package cache to include the new snappy repository:

Snap can now be installed with the following:

You then need to either reboot, logout/login or source /etc/profile to have /snap/bin added to PATH. Additionally, enable and start both the snapd and the snapd.apparmor services with the following commands:

Tumbleweed users also need to run the following:

Install superperms

To install superperms, simply use the following command:

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