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    Hi,
    I installed 11.2 rc2 off a gnome live cd. I'm having trouble with the software manager. Everytime i open the software manager, by default it preselects a list of "recommends" & "suggests" packages, which mostly include help docs, dictionaries and the like in all sorts of languages ( The download adds up to well over one Gig ). How do i disable this behaviour. I tried setting "installRecommends = no" in /etc/zypp/zypper.conf but it doesnt help. This is pretty annoying.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1085509...17639/sizes/o/

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    palladium NNTP User

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    iDIEDaLONGtimeAGO wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I installed 11.2 rc2 off a gnome live cd. I'm having trouble with the
    > software manager. Everytime i open the software manager, by default it
    > preselects a list of "recommends" & "suggests" packages, which mostly
    > include help docs, dictionaries and the like in all sorts of languages (
    > The download adds up to well over one Gig ). How do i disable this
    > behaviour. I tried setting "installRecommends = no" in
    > /etc/zypp/zypper.conf but it doesnt help. This is pretty annoying.
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/1085509...17639/sizes/o/
    >
    >


    well, i've never booted 11.2 so i may be off base here, but:

    there are no recommended or suggested packages there..

    those are just the packages AVAILABLE..

    to me it looks like changed the spin selector from "Search" to
    "Groups", and if you change it back then you can use it to easily find
    software by name...and, if you (say) type in 'java' and click search
    the resulting list will have LOTS of stuff...none of which are
    suggested or recommended, just a long list what is available that has
    something to do with "java"....if _you_ need java 1.4.0 *or* 1.5.0
    *or* 1.6.0 from SUN *or* openjdk are all things YOU have to decide,
    for yourself--and, they may be completely different from my needs, or
    the next persons need....

    YaST can't know what you need and it doesn't suggest or recommend..

    however, after you make a selection, THEN it will look around to see
    if what you selected have dependencies which must also be
    installed..and, it will show you a list of those..

    make sense?

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    I've noticed the same behavior. There are certain packages that are recommended for a "full" desktop experience. This is separate from the zypper install recommends. It is usually flash, java, etc. After adding the Nvidia repo and reopening the package manager, it has auto selected the Nvidia driver for install. The only way I've found to disable this is to manually deselect these packages and then apply just like you were installing something. After doing that, they were no longer auto selected when I started the package manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palladium View Post
    iDIEDaLONGtimeAGO wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I installed 11.2 rc2 off a gnome live cd. I'm having trouble with the
    > software manager. Everytime i open the software manager, by default it
    > preselects a list of "recommends" & "suggests" packages, which mostly
    > include help docs, dictionaries and the like in all sorts of languages (
    > The download adds up to well over one Gig ). How do i disable this
    > behaviour. I tried setting "installRecommends = no" in
    > /etc/zypp/zypper.conf but it doesnt help. This is pretty annoying.
    >
    > Flickr Photo Download: Screenshot
    >
    >


    well, i've never booted 11.2 so i may be off base here, but:

    there are no recommended or suggested packages there..

    those are just the packages AVAILABLE..

    to me it looks like changed the spin selector from "Search" to
    "Groups", and if you change it back then you can use it to easily find
    software by name...and, if you (say) type in 'java' and click search
    the resulting list will have LOTS of stuff...none of which are
    suggested or recommended, just a long list what is available that has
    something to do with "java"....if _you_ need java 1.4.0 *or* 1.5.0
    *or* 1.6.0 from SUN *or* openjdk are all things YOU have to decide,
    for yourself--and, they may be completely different from my needs, or
    the next persons need....

    YaST can't know what you need and it doesn't suggest or recommend..

    however, after you make a selection, THEN it will look around to see
    if what you selected have dependencies which must also be
    installed..and, it will show you a list of those..

    make sense?

    --
    palladium
    Have a lot of fun..
    Hey, thanks for taking time off to reply. I understand the dependency thing, but its different here. If u take a closer list at the screenshot, to the right u'll see the preselected packages imm talking about. For eg, openoffice help docs in russian or italian cant be dependencies, right?
    And i can confirm this same behavious happened when i tried 11.1 as well. Yast preselects packages and there are so many of them thats its annoying to deselect them one by one because i dont see a deselect all option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67GTA View Post
    I've noticed the same behavior. There are certain packages that are recommended for a "full" desktop experience. This is separate from the zypper install recommends. It is usually flash, java, etc. After adding the Nvidia repo and reopening the package manager, it has auto selected the Nvidia driver for install. The only way I've found to disable this is to manually deselect these packages and then apply just like you were installing something. After doing that, they were no longer auto selected when I started the package manager.
    There so many packages selected in my case (worth well over 1GB download) and i cant seem to find a deselect all option ? Is there one?
    And there ought to be a more elegant way to get rid of this ?
    I tried using smart but for some reason it doesnt work with the main-OSS and non-oss repos

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    Default Re: Software Manager

    You should let it install them IMO
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    I just thought to myself that if you are using Gnome, it has a different front end and may not have the same options. With KDE and the original Yast package manager, you can select the "installation summary" tab and right click on the list and select "all in this list" and then "do not install".
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    Vahis NNTP User

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    iDIEDaLONGtimeAGO wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I installed 11.2 rc2 off a gnome live cd. I'm having trouble with the
    > software manager. Everytime i open the software manager, by default it
    > preselects a list of "recommends" & "suggests" packages, which mostly
    > include help docs, dictionaries and the like in all sorts of languages (
    > The download adds up to well over one Gig ). How do i disable this
    > behaviour. I tried setting "installRecommends = no" in
    > /etc/zypp/zypper.conf but it doesnt help. This is pretty annoying.
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/1085509...17639/sizes/o/
    >
    >

    I think this is different when you install from DVD or net.iso.
    Then you can select exactly what you want, starting from text
    instalation without x if you like and add whatever it is you like.

    Live CD is a live system, installable one, with a selection of packages,

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    You should let it install them IMO
    Off possible help could something in russian or afrikaan be to me ?? It'd wasting both SUSE's and mine bandwidth, not that it may mattet to suse, but certainly to me as im not on one of those ultra-fast connections

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67GTA View Post
    I just thought to myself that if you are using Gnome, it has a different front end and may not have the same options. With KDE and the original Yast package manager, you can select the "installation summary" tab and right click on the list and select "all in this list" and then "do not install".
    Yeah, im using Gnome and there isnt that tab ur talking about
    I'd given up on 11.1 for exactly the samething,

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