I wanted to add adobe flash plugin to my 64 bit 12.2 install…I added packman and the usual standard repos. When I searched , the flashplugin appears …I select this and a new window with various dependencies asks me if I want to continue …Initially , I clicked “Continue” …To my surprise it is pulling in virtually all the packages saying 264 or so dependencies totalling 1.160 GB needs to be installed!. I tried changing the option to “Selected by the user” , again it is pulling all the 264 packages and unrelated programs like digikam etc. Then only when I tried in Zypper from terminal I was able to install…There is some problem with the graphical installer …I tried thru 2 or 3 options like Apper / yast given in frontend but they all pull in virtually everything…
Check the vendor (repository) for all of the updates. If you have not done a full update after adding in Packman, then getting many updates from Packman is normal and unrelated to the selection of adding in a new package. I also check the option, Allow Vendor Change in YaST / Software / Software Management if Packman is the only added repository from the default setting.
This is typical behaviour post installation
Next time you open it up, it will try again. Digikam is installed by default to KDE, but if you used a Live CD to install then it pulls in all you would typically get from the DVD. I do DVD installs and still get a large number of packages installed post install. Not everything is on the DVD and certainly not a CD
Well I guess this is normal behaviour then …Zypper just did what I wanted. It downloaded abt 18.4 MB of the plugin alone and that did the job. I thought the software management was just the graphical frontend of Zypper (like synaptic is to apt-get. But that does not seem to be the case.Anyway I favour the terminal so I can live with this. Thanks this can be closed
libzypp is the backend for both Yast and zypper, as well as PackageKit, but they each approach software management a little differently. I prefer zypper too, but sometimes it’s nice to have a visual aid.
Try selecting “Ignore Recommended Packages for Already Installed
Packages” on the Options menu.