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Add "Upgradable" and "Upgradable (upstream)" filters to YaST Software Management

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I used to use Synaptic+apt on openSUSE 10.3. Since upgrading to 11.1 I switched to using YaST for my package management needs. I follow some Build Service repositories, so frequently there are packages to be upgraded. Unfortunately, compared to Synaptic, YaST's package upgrade mechanisms are way too unusable.

Synaptic had two simple but very useful features - "Upgradable" and "Upgradable (upstream)" filters.

"Upgradable" shows all the packages that have newer versions available.

"Upgradable (upstream)" shows packages which have newer upstream versions (that is, it won't show "example-1.0.0-1" => "example-1.0.0-3", but will show "example-1.0.0-1" => "example-1.0.1-1"). This is important since the release version is usually changed on every recompile, and filtering the upgrades by the actual "new version" is more handy.

Without these filters I have to basically scroll through ALL installed packages, looking for the "blue-versioned" ones. This is making it simply unusable.

Also, adding to the unusability is the "Installed (Available)" column. The last components of the available versions are almost always hidden unless I resize it to a quite large size, and even then, it's very hard to read. Compare it to the following (both versions can be seen easily): http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/files/www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/nodes/1248/synaptic-start.jpg

Steps to reproduce: 1. Subscribe to a couple of heavily-populated repositories from Build Service. 2. Try browsing through upgradable packages.

This is on openSUSE 11.1 x86_64, YaST QT interface.

See also: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=524000


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