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    Default Can kPackageKit be hijacked?

    Getting multiple notices from kPackageKit that there's are updates available, mostly related to multimedia libraries and wxcam. Previously I accepted similar updates, but they appeared again. SourceForge says wxcam was last updated in June 2011. Used Yast/software/on-line update to confirm these updates, but Yast shows no patches needed.

    Normally I'm an optimist, but with computers and software I'm a bit more suspicious. Any info about phoney repositories, hijacked repo's, etc.?
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    Default Re: Can kPackageKit be hijacked?

    packagekit will not only notify you about an update when a patch is
    available and is not equivalent to using Yast online update.
    It will also tell you that an update for a package is available when it
    has been just rebuilt in the repository (and packages can be triggered
    to be rebuilt without having themselves any change because of some
    dependency of it which has been updated or rebuilt).
    Most people here seem to not like packagekit and its frontends due to
    some flaky behavior (I do not know if its really most people here, since
    I have no proper way to count that) and do not use it.

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    Default Re: Can kPackageKit be hijacked?

    > Any info about phoney repositories, hijacked repo's, etc.?


    no, it is not a cracker crawling into your machine, instead package kit
    is broken in the way you describe....(actually, some say it is ok, but
    it just does not play well with the openSUSE built in tools)

    i suggest, and many others here (who frequently help folks) suggest to
    either right click on and disable the kpackagekit icon in the panel, or
    just use YaST Software Management (or zypper) to uninstall it...(it was
    uninstalled in my 11.4 a LONG time ago, and 11.3 before that..)

    then, use YaST Online Update (or "zypper --patch") occasionally (some
    folks say weekly, i do it once a day) to achieve the same update that
    kpackagekit is trying but failing to do smoothly/correctly..

    search the forums and you will find numerous posts on this...or wait for
    others to chime in..


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    Default Re: Can kPackageKit be hijacked?

    On 2012-05-28 22:26, konsultor wrote:
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    > Getting multiple notices from kPackageKit that there's are updates
    > available, mostly related to multimedia libraries and wxcam. Previously
    > I accepted similar updates, but they appeared again. SourceForge says
    > wxcam was last updated in June 2011. Used Yast/software/on-line update
    > to confirm these updates, but Yast shows no patches needed.


    "patches" are not the same thing as "updates". There may be one type
    available and not the other.

    Yast online update only uses patches, and patches are only available from
    the updates repo.

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    Default Re: Can kPackageKit be hijacked?

    I've turned off kPackageKit by unchecking all the repositories under config. It doesn't appear in system/run level, so I'm not sure what starts it. Will uninstall via Yast.
    Thanks to you all.
    Leap/KDE and a film-based photographer

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    Default Re: Can kPackageKit be hijacked?

    On 2012-05-29 00:36, konsultor wrote:
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    > I've turned off kPackageKit by unchecking all the repositories under
    > config.


    That disables the repos, not packagekit. And if done properly, it will also
    have disabled the repos for yast and zypper, so you will have to add them
    again.

    > It doesn't appear in system/run level, so I'm not sure what
    > starts it. Will uninstall via Yast.


    Yes.

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