Unable to remove/stop updater on openSUSE 13.1

I want to use zypper only to handle updating, not the updater applet (or whatever is the bug icon on the taskbar) but even after removing the bug from the taskbar AND unchecking “Apper Monitor” in “Configure Desktop”->“Startup and Shutdown”->“Service Manager”, it still runs and shows on the taskbar on startup. And when I try to do zypper it tells me something is using packagekit. How do I stop this?

The behaviour has changed a little
But choose the settings as required from here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10573557/SUSE%20Misc/apper-config.pdf

Then deinstall apper (and you can also deinstall packagekit). When something is not there, you do no have to worry how to switch it off :wink:

This is strange.

I’m doing what you said you did: I removed the “software updater” in system tray settings. I unchecked “Apper” in “Service Manager”. I rebooted.

Since then, I have not had any sign that packagekit is running, nor have I seen the updater.

I rebooted, because “packagekit” runs as a systemwide daemon, rather than as part of my desktop. As far as I know, it is started on request of Apper, but will continue running until shutdown or until explicitly killed.

It’s probably two weeks since I stopped running Apper and the tray updater process. And I have not seen any sign of them since.

And that’s how it’s designed. Typically linux, you tell something to stop and it stops.
I’ve been playing around the same way, i.e. switch on, switch off, and it works, taken the reboot / manual kill of packagekitd

Good logic, particularly if running Tumbleweed.