This process keeps hogging my bandwidth:

  1. What does this process do?
  2. Is it safe to kill it?
  3. Is is safe to remove the package as a whole( to prevent it from starting up ever again)
  4. Or should I just prevent it from automatically running in the background again?

I am running Fedora 23.

  • Welcome to U&L. Please use a Search Engine to find out what it is first: freedesktop.org/software/PackageKit/pk-intro.html – Kevdog777 Apr 29 '16 at 13:54
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    So it basically runs sudo dnf update in the background? Is there any way to disable the same? Because I like to have control on the updates. – ThorX2 Apr 29 '16 at 13:56
  • Is it a frontend to dnf, or a completely independent package update system? Does it cache in a separate folder? – That Brazilian Guy Aug 7 '16 at 17:15

PackageKit is being run by GNOME Software. It's not doing automatic updates, but it is downloading them so they're ready. There is work on making this be smarter, including not doing it over bandwidth-constrained connections, but it hasn't landed yet. In the meantime, you can disable this by running:

dconf write /org/gnome/software/download-updates false

or by using the GUI dconf editor and unchecking the download-updates box under org > gnome > software:

dconf editor gui

Note that this is per-user. For changing the default for everyone, see the GNOME docs.

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    I use dnf on the terminal to update my package. Is packagekitd redundant? Do they "cache" their packages on the same location, or if I use one can I stop using the other? – That Brazilian Guy Aug 7 '16 at 17:14

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