Hi. I recently installed openSUSE 13.1 in a VM (VirtualBox) and noticed a notification in the system tray informing me that updates were available. I chose to update, but then changed my mind when I realized how long it was going to take. I decided I’d rather uninstall everything I don’t want first, and then update. However, now that I’ve started it, I can’t figure out how to make it stop before it finishes short of just shutting down the VM (ive had bad experiences with improperly interrupting package managers in the past so I don’t consider this a real option). The notification widget in the system tray has a pause and stop button associated with the update process, but when I hit stop, it just starts back up immediately. Pause seems to do nothing. I noticed that the package manager also has an icon in the system tray. When I click on that I see a big “Cancel” button at the top of it, but it’s grayed out and I cannot click on it.
What is the proper way to stop the package manager when it’s still in the middle of downloading packages? Also, how would I go about disabling the automatic update notification service? I prefer to do all my package management from the command line anyways and I find constant update notifications to be distracting and unnecessary.
You really should not interrupt it if it is just down loading it should not be a problem but if it is installing you could have a mess. The first update can be large especially since it has been 3-4 months since the release. So you get all of it. And most will be for stuff you really don’t want to remove like Kernels and X and audio stuff etc.
Well at this point it seems to be frozen. It says it’s downloading dbus or something, but it’s said that for about 10 minutes now. I guess I’ll just do a hard reset. Also, how about disabling the update notifcation service?
I’m using KDE (that’s the reason I’m trying openSUSE. I normally use Arch with KDE but you guys have some nice patches). Anyways, when I rebooted everything was fine since it was still downloading. I did a zypper rm apper and got rid of the system tray package management and now everything is all good.
Now there’s just one more zypper related questions I have. I’d create a new thread, but I don’t know if it’d be worth it since it’s probably really simple.
How can I list only explicitly installed applications which are not required by other packages. I use this to help me decide what I want to uninstall when I’m cleaning out packages I don’t want.