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[opensuse] Warning: Gnome downloads automatically the updates even when you say "no".
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:24:04 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.2.11.1403261252250.20181@Telcontar.valinor>
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Hi,

We found this out in a thread in the forum. The situation is this:

Install a fresh 13.1 system with Gnome, log in. After a while, you get the notifier to install some updates. Say "not-now".

Nevertheless, the updates are downloaded and stored in "/var/cache/zypp/packages/repo-update/". They are not installed, but they are downloaded, and delta rpms are converted to the full rpm, all in background.

The activity is logged in "/var/log/pk_backend_zypp".

So you say, but surely this is configurable. So you start "gpk-prefs", but no, there is no setting for this. You can configure the periodicity, to check or not for updates when using mobile broadband or on battery power.

But you can not disable downloading updates in advance!


Well, you can, if you use the "regedit style configuration editor", and you know what to look for.

First, install "dconf-editor". Start it, and search for "org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/updates". The setting is there: "auto-download-updates", and is set to "true" by default.

For a description and photo, see <http://worldofgnome.org/fedora-20-gnome-software-tips-and-tricks/>, search for the paragraph tittled "Hack gSofwtare Options through GSettings", you will see the details in there (of course, don't use "yum" to install it).


I find this default setting, and that it is hidden, disgusting bad behaviour: it can use a lot of resources without asking. Disk space to store the updates, and network bandwidth to download them. It is something to check for updates, but something very different to download them even before you accept them! And the user has no choice in the matter. Not even the admin - except by removing the update applet, of course, which many of us do. One more reason to do it.


- -- Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)
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