Article Type:How-To Procedures
Patch and Remediation
Lumension Patch and Remediation 8.1 and later
Patch Agent for Linux, Unix, and Mac 8.1016
When patching SuSE 12 endpoints, Snapper (SuSE's snapshot manager) may take an excessive number of snapshots that consume an excessive amount of disk space. You can work around this issue by disabling Snapper. This article contains instructions on how to disable it.
To patch SuSE 12 endpoints, Patch and Remediation makes use of zypper, the command line package manager for SuSE 12. However, whenever zypper installs a package, snapper (SuSE's snapshot management tool) creates two snapshots. Because Patch and Remediation treats each patch included in a SuSE deployment as a separate zypper transaction, Patch and Remediation deployments to SuSE 12 may result in an excessive number of snapshots. These snapshots may lead to disk space issues that interrupt patching and general endpoint use (think hundreds of GBs used for snapshots).
A workaround for this problem is to disable snapper. This action prevents zypper from taking snapshots during patching, saving you disk space.