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openSUSE 11.1 Reference Guide
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5.1 Installing Patches Manually

The Online Update window consists of four sections. The list of all patches available is on the left. Find the description of the selected patch displayed below the list of patches. The right column lists the packages included in the selected patch (a patch can consist of several packages) and, below, a detailed description of the selected package. Optionally, the disk usage can be displayed at the bottom of the left column (this display is faded out by default—use the dotted slider to make it visible).

The patch display lists the available patches for openSUSE. The patches are sorted by security relevance. security, recommended, and optional. There are three different views on patches. Use Show Patch Category to toggle the views:

Needed Patches (default view)

Currently not installed patches that apply to packages installed on your system.

Unneeded Patches

Patches that either apply to packages not installed on your system, or patches which requirements already have been fulfilled (because it has already been updated from another source).

All Patches

All patches available for openSUSE.

A list entry consists of a symbol and the patch name. For a list of possible symbols, press Shift+F1. Actions required by Security and Recommended patches are automatically preset. These actions are Autoinstall, Autoupdate, or Autodelete. Actions for Optional patches are not preset—right-click on a patch and choose an action from the list.

If you install an up-to-date package from a repository other than the update repository, the requirements of a patch for this package may be fulfilled with this installation. In this case a check mark is displayed in front of the patch summary. The patch will be visible in the list until you mark it for installation. This will in fact not install the patch (because the package already is up-to-date), but mark the patch as having been installed.

Most patches include updates for several packages. If you want to change actions for single packages, right-click on a package in the package window and choose an action. Once you have marked all patches and packages as desired, proceed with Accept.

HINT: Disabling deltarpms

By default updates are downloaded as deltarpms. Since rebuilding rpm packages from deltarpms is a memory and CPU time consuming task, certain setups or hardware configurations might require to disable the usage of deltarpms for performance sake. To disable the use of deltarpms edit the file /etc/zypp/zypp.conf and set download.use_deltarpm to false.

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