Uninstalling recommended/suggested packages

I just installed openSUSE 13.2 (xfce) and everything is great.
However I uninstalled IBus and Java 7 and 8.
Now every time I open YAST these packages are pre-selected for installation. I don’t want them and I don’t want YAST to keep bothering me with them.
I suspect some pattern is recommending/suggesting the packages but I don’t know how to get rid of these particular recommendation/suggestions.

So what is the right way to make YAST quiet about such packages?


This has been asked and answered quite often already here.

You basically have these options:

  • lock the packages you don’t want, by right-clicking on them and choosing “Taboo - Never install”
  • disable “Ignore recommended packages for already installed packages” in YaST’s Option menu, this will still install recommended packages for freshly installed packages though
  • “uninstall” the patterns that recommend those packages in View->Patterns (won’t help if they are recommended by other packages though)
  • set “solver.onlyRequires = true” in /etc/zypp/zypp.conf, this will prevent the automatic installation of recommended packages altogether, and applies not only to YaST but also to zypper and all other updaters

Hi wolfi323,
Thanks for the comprehensive response! This is exactly what I needed.