Exhibit A: Case for Disabling Auto Update

  • Let me preface my comment by saying that so far I have been liking this new Opera 20.0.1387.91 that I have been using the last 2 weeks or so since switching over from Opera 11.64. I have been pleased and impressed with the REAL operation / functionality vs. what the Developers of an App might tout or claim. I hadn't been this excited with an Opera version's performance since back in the Opera 9.27 days when I discovered Opera.

    That said ... the silent Auto Update has got to go!
    Here is my Exhibit A case in point account of why it has to go.

    So, today I leisurely checked FileHippo to see if there were any Updates for any Apps that I use. Lo & behold, I saw there was a new Opera 21.0.1432.57 Update. Instead of being excited, I instead apprehensively dreaded what I had known was inevitable ... "Uh Oh! Here we go. My 1st Opera 20 Forced Down My Throat Update is finally here. This cannot possibly end well."

    I wondered whether the Auto Update might have already been in progress. I in hindsight stupidly went and checked in the About Opera page, which in turn initiated a Check for Updates ... AND started the dreaded Auto Update download.

    Keep in mind ... I have Dial Up Internet.
    After 1 hour and 5 minutes and the download barely at 36%, I finally heard what I virtually knew would happen before the LONG download's end. I heard the dreaded sound of my Modem redialing.

    After reconnection ... POOF! Just like that, the download was now back to square one at 0%.

    So yes, while in general the operation / functionality of Opera 20 has been positive and impressive, the FORCED Auto Update thing is a Pterodactyl in the Ointment Albatross that needs to go. There is no reason for it to be forced on us.

    I need to be able to disable it via a NORMAL method so that I can wait until I have access to High Speed Internet so that I can then download it to my Flash Drive.

  • I actually then proceeded to uninstall an reinstall Opera 20.0.1387.91 in hopes that it would stop the Auto Update. But, I have no idea whether it's now initiated a download on its own and is downloading as I type this.

    WILL it initiate a download on its own ... or does the download only initiate when one goes and checks the About Opera page?

  • Theres an option in Opera:Flags that allows you to resume downloads that have been interupted, you should enable it

    http://s67.photobucket.com/user/ColdWinter61/media/OperaDownloadResumption_zps7d06ed4e.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

  • Ahhh, Photobucket. Unfortunately Photobucket has never been Dial Up-friendly and it's proving to be the case right now as well. The Page Header and some of the rest of the page loaded, but then something seems to be in perpetual loading as evidenced by the rotating Loading Indicator. So I aborted. Photobucket has always been like that for me. I am very rarely able to load anything from Photobucket.

    Thanks anyway, Colderwinters.

    Even then, that wouldn't be an assurance that it worked. For example, on Sunday I was downloading PicPick from PortableApps.com. It was I think around 7 Meg. I knew I was pushing it as far as the limit of how many Megs I can download without too much risk of a disconnection. Well, with around 5 minutes to go in the download, I lost the connection. Upon reconnection, the download went through the motions of resuming and supposedly finishing. However, the App turned out to be corrupt as it wouldn't even begin to install.

  • I'm pretty sure it will initiate an update eventually.

    What you need to do is rename the 'opera_autoupdate.exe' (found in the folder named with the highest version number, which in-turn is found in the root of the folder where you installed Opera Blink)) to anything you like. Which should disable auto updating, until you download the latest version and update manually, which will in-turn start the auto-update process going again.

  • Okay, in the C:\Program Files\Opera 20.0.1387.91\20.0.1387.91 folder I renamed the opera_autoupdate file to opera_autoupdateDisAb. I take it that should do it? That should be enough to put up a Force Field and keep my Auto Update nemesis at bay?

    I don't have to do anything with the following files ... ?

    opera_autoupdate.licenses

    opera_autoupdate.version

    If it is this easy and not exactly Rocket Science, it's mind boggling why the Devs can't just quickly slap in a Check Box in the Settings to provide us the option.

    Thanks, Linuxmint7.

  • Yeah, pretty sure that should do it.

    Oh, and I wouldn't worry about the two files you mentioned, as they are just text files, I guess they are checked and updated during an Opera browser update.

    As for adding a check box in settings, yep, that would be pretty easy, but then I guess it may go against the current model of the Blink/Chromium ethos, but that's just a guess on my part. Who knows, things may/could change in the future.

  • Alrighty then. Thanks again, Linuxmint7.
    I'll update it as soon as I can ... possibly this weekend.

  • Updated to 21.0.1432.57 and suddenly when I print checks from my banking application to my pdf print driver the checks come out blank in the pdf file. Did a system restore via Windows 7-64 to 20.0.1387.91 and all is well again. I also printed some web pages to a laser printer and got some strange text (not english) and this too reverted once I rolled back. Printing seems to be the weakest link in an otherwise great browser.

  • Okay, in the C:\Program Files\Opera 20.0.1387.91\20.0.1387.91 folder I renamed the opera_autoupdate file to opera_autoupdateDisAb. I take it that should do it? That should be enough to put up a Force Field and keep my Auto Update nemesis at bay?
    I don't have to do anything with the following files ... ?
    opera_autoupdate.licenses
    opera_autoupdate.version
    If it is this easy and not exactly Rocket Science, it's mind boggling why the Devs can't just quickly slap in a Check Box in the Settings to provide us the option.
    Thanks, Linuxmint7.

    Suntana, you're awesome. Opera was always my favourite but had to stop using it to conserve data from the dreaded auto-updates. Simple brilliance. Thank you.

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