During upgrade of SLES/SLED 10 to a new Service Pack the zmd daemon is installed and activated

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If you upgrade a SLES/SLED 10 system to a new service pack, a previously deinstalled or deactivated zmd daemon gets installed and activated during the update without notification.

The reason for this is, that suse_register requires zmd to run during the migration (you get registered in order to have access to new  update-catalogs for your service pack). Therefore zmd is automatically installed and activated during the upgrade even if it was deinstalled previously.


If you don't want zmd running after the upgrade, you can deactivate the daemon. Please mind the consequences:
  • You can't use rug nor zen-updater/-installer/-remover, because these depend on zmd. Use YaST to manage software.
  • You will loose the syncronization of update sources and of patch-level information with the Novell Customer Center (NCC).
If you can live with that, deactivate zmd by executing:

   chkconfig -d novell-zmd

Also you have to deactivate the suse_register call during boottime:

   touch /var/lib/suseRegister/neverRegisterOnBoot


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  • Document ID:7000748
  • Creation Date: 25-Jun-2008
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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