How do I stop YaST from downloading the repodata every time I open the software manager?
Even if I have opened it 5 minutes before, YaST still downloads the repomd.xml again.

This is also a real pain if I am offline and trying to install an rpm, because I have to wait for it to realise that it can't access the data before it allows me to skip the auto-refresh.

By the time that happens I could have installed the software already if I was using a debian or windows based system.