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    Default Zypper & UUID

    Apparently every time I use zypper, it sends a UUID to SUSE to be included in their statistics at https://metrics.opensuse.org.

    How do I disable this "feature"?

    Thanks .

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    Default Re: Zypper & UUID

    On Wed 20 Mar 2019 12:26:04 PM CDT, MrDamage20000 wrote:

    Apparently every time I use zypper, it sends a UUID to SUSE to be
    included in their statistics at https://metrics.opensuse.org.

    How do I disable this "feature"?

    Thanks .


    Hi
    It's a random one for counting....

    Remove the file /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId

    See: https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Statistics

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    Great, that link explained it. Many thanks for that.

    I read that other thread and was getting worried that it could be used to identify my computer, certainly completely circumventing my VPN!

    Well actually it does I guess, but if that UUID file is not hardware based, and lives on my encrypted filesystem then I can live with that as at least I have some control over it.

    Thanks .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDamage20000 View Post
    ..., but if that UUID file is not hardware based, and lives on my encrypted filesystem then I can live with that as at least I have some control over it.
    Yes, me too. I'm not going to be losing any sleep over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Yes, me too. I'm not going to be losing any sleep over it.
    Yeah, but that won't change European legislation.

    I removed yesterday from several TW installs the /var/lib/zypp/Anon.... thing and checked is was gone. Did the update with zypper dup.

    Guess what, after rebooting it was back...
    Kind regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by suse_rasputin View Post
    Guess what, after rebooting it was back...
    Same contents?
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    Quote Originally Posted by suse_rasputin View Post
    Yeah, but that won't change European legislation.

    I removed yesterday from several TW installs the /var/lib/zypp/Anon.... thing and checked is was gone. Did the update with zypper dup.

    Guess what, after rebooting it was back...
    Hi
    Either touch the file so it's empty or just softlink to /dev/null (probably this one is better).
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    No reboot needed, simply call zypper dup and automagically the file is back... That's no fun.
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    Default Re: Zypper & UUID

    Quote Originally Posted by suse_rasputin View Post
    No reboot needed, simply call zypper dup and automagically the file is back... That's no fun.
    Hi
    Did you check the file contents....?

    Code:
    cat /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId
    
    03xx04oo-83e3-4799-8d76-c291d5f34x34
    
    echo > /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId
    
    cat /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId
    <nothing>
    
    zypper ref
    zypper dup
    
    cat /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId
    <nothing>
    
    rm /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId
    
    zypper ref
    zypper dup
    
    cat /var/lib/zypp/AnonymousUniqueId
    53by09yy-563x-44f7-bc85-b75a994843d7
    So either empty the file or point at /dev/null
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