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repeated download of packages while running multiple updates

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http://forums.opensuse.org – In order to save time and broad band (on both sides) while doing updates, I symlinked /var/cache/zypp/packages on all my machines to a directory on my fileserver, so I would download packages only once. It worked perfectly with 11.1. However 11.2 creates everytime a new directory with a random name, so that after running an update on 4 machines I end up with 4 directories (http-download.opensuse.org- followed by a 1 byte Hex value), all containing the same files. I might have overlooked the advantages of that method (provided there were any), but for now I only experience the inconvenients (and so do the openSUSE servers and consequently all of you). Other repos packages still land in their own directory (which doesn't change). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I wish you all a happy new year full of penguins love and success ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Distributions)