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For reasons unknown, OpenSUSE seems to have half a dozen different places that mention auto-update. Is there a way I can definitely, permanently, irreversibly disable auto-update so that new software will never, ever, under any circumstances, be installed? Ideally I want to prevent the OS from even connecting to the Internet to see if any updates are available.

I've unchecked half a dozen things, but I'm still getting alerts telling me updates are available. I do now want updates! I can't believe this is so hard to turn off...

In case it makes any difference, OpenSUSE 12.2 with a GNOME desktop.

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The full details of how the system works can be found on the OpenSUSE wiki page for Zypper. Zypper is the bases for all of the auto-update functions in OpenSUSE.

Probably the best way to stop any update, ever, is to remove all of the software repositories from Zypper.

To get a list of them, run:

zypper lr

Which will give you a list of every source of annoying updates.

#  | Alias                          | Name                         | Enabled | Refresh
 1 | Mozilla-12.2                   | Mozilla Updates              | Yes     | No     

You can then use this information with the zypper rr command, or RemoveRepo

zypper rr 1
zypper rr Mozilla-12.2
zypper rr "Mozilla Updates"

Remove them all, and you'll never have a package auto-update again.

If you actually do want to update once in a while, but want to control it, you can instead disable all of your repos until you want to enable them for update.

zypper mr -d Mozilla-12.2    # disables the Mozilla repo
zypper mr -e Mozilla-12.2    # enables the Mozilla repo
zypper mr -a -d              # disable all repos
zypper mr -a -e              # enable all repos

While I'm on the topic, you can get a list of updates through the zypper lu command, and can select individual updates through zypper install [packagename].

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