OpenSUSE package manager zypper lacks a way to see packages' version statuses in brief. It's also not possible to ignore package/RPM versions when checking or choosing packages to upgrade (eg. from version 1.2.3-1.2 to 1.2.4-1.2). With pkg_version-zypper.rb script you can first see a nice list of package statuses and ignore packages' minor versions (eg. from version 1.2.3-1.2 to 1.2.3-1.3) when upgrading your software.
In daily usage basis, this enables to avoid re-installing tens and tens of programs for no big reason (usually) and do it only when programs in repository has been updated.
NB! It is not an official recommendation to do so as packages have their version number for a reason!
I personally have been ignoring RPM versions for years and have not been into any trouble because of that.
Usually you'd want to use the script as: sudo ./pkg_version-zypper.rb -f '<' -r -u
- List and filter installed software versions
- List abandoned software
- Remove abandoned software
- Upgrade software to the latest version from their native or foreign repository
- Downgrade software if the only available versions are lower than the one installed
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