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    Default openSUSE 12.3 Software Update (package update) is no longer working

    I am running openSUSE 12.3 Gnome 3.8.1 on a 64bit system
    It seems that my package updates through the Software Update application is no longer working. This worked fine until fairly recently. I have upgraded Gnome to 3.8.1 and I am not sure if this is related to this upgrade. I have been getting the periodic notifications that there are software updates ready and they have worked fine.
    Recently however the notifications have come up and when I have accepted they go ahead the Software update goes through the "Refreshing List", displays all the relevant updates (currently 282 updates available) - I click on the Install Updates and it goes though to Resolving Dependensies and then does absolutely nothing more.
    There appears to be no activity in fetching any updates and I can't even see light activity on the modem router - and I have left the system for a few hours to see if it will continue.

    If, however, I use YAST and do an Oline Upadate from there it will go through a set of updates if there are any. It does not show the package updates from this method of updates and I assume this is more of a system update (am I right?). Anyway this works if there are any updates.

    Back to the package updates:
    I have tried rebooting and refreshing the Software Repositories and it makes no difference.
    How can I try to do the package updates from the command line to see if it will solve this problem?

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.3 Software Update (package update) is no longer working

    Well, I can reply to part of my own question.
    I have found the zypper commands to do the updates from the command line and it's busy doing all the updates okay.

    zypper ref (refresh all the software repositories)
    zypper up (update all installed packages)

    Whether this will solve the problem of the updates not working from the Gnome desktop we'll have to see.
    I'll post back in here later when I've tried again.

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.3 Software Update (package update) is no longer working

    The command line updates went through fine. Rebooted and the Gnome Software Updates app tells me now that everything is up to date.
    So we'll have to see if this app will do the updates next time.

    Hope this exercise helps someone else.

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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.3 Software Update (package update) is no longer working

    On 05/26/2013 06:16 AM, garthkh wrote:
    > Hope this exercise helps someone else.


    i think the only thing you missed knowing (WHAT, you were not born
    knowing?) is there are several kinds of updates/upgrades/advances in
    software available..

    one kind are security patches and major bug fixes--they flow through
    YaST Online Update (YOU) or via "zypper patch"...some folks who want
    the most stability they can get only install those kinds....and, they
    keep the system secure and fix the major problems in a version which
    is never more than 8 months away from being completely replaced with
    the next version (if the user so chooses--s/he can choose to run any
    version for the life of that version--usually about 18 months).

    another kind of new software available is the incremental advances in
    subsystem and applications (as opposed to "security patches and major
    bug fixes") which can be installed automatically with "zypper up" or
    manually in YaST Software management (by purposefully selecting the
    higher numbered version offered)

    it is possible to go through the life of a version and do only the
    usually risk-free "zypper patch" or YOU....but, if you do that the
    packagekit running in KDE/GNOME under different name (apper in kde,
    gnome i do not know) will 'complain' that updates (those which only
    flow through 'zypper up or YaST Software Management) await your
    approval to install)..

    some folks disable the gnome/kde irritant and just run "zypper patch"
    or "zypper up" when the mood strikes them..

    others use the gnome/kde thing to remind them to run "zypper patch"
    or "zypper up" to make the thing become quiet again.

    the choice is yours (personally i kill the gnome/kde thing and then
    run "zypper patch" daily, or every time i boot, or when i see notice
    (in mail list, news or announcements) that there is a new security
    patch available--others do the zypper thing weekly, right after a
    real good backup...which is probably "the best" way to ensure you
    don't loose Aunt Tillie's emails..)

    ymmv.

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    dd
    http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat


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    Default Re: openSUSE 12.3 Software Update (package update) is no longer working

    On 2013-05-26 09:03, dd wrote:
    > or manually in YaST Software management (by purposefully selecting the
    > higher numbered version offered)


    Right click on right hand panel (qt version of yast), all in this list,
    update if newer version available.

    You can do that one repo at a time (it will not switch repos, anyway),
    or all of them at a go, if you display the @system pseudorepo.

    Packman is an exception: sometimes versions go back in the numbers, so
    "update to newer" does not select the updates because they appear
    regressions. They display in red, and you have to select them manually.
    Even the keys "+" or ">" fail, you have to use the mouse.

    And sometimes you get conflicts to solve.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.1 x86_64 "Asparagus" at Telcontar)

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