What does "parsing Complete" Mean after downloading?

I am just downloading and installing Secuirty Patches or RPMs. But after installing these security patches or updates, it says: "Parsing Complete"

DOes this mean that there installed without any errors? How can I know if these security patches are installed or not?

Also, I have VERY VERY long list on SUSE's website for there security updates. Should I install the ones that I need? Or for example, if I do not use SQL or Prostege, I am not going to download the patches for them...

Please help. I am confused on what to download and what not to. Should I download the ones that say Kernel (something) or I dont know...
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jslayton01Author Commented:
I see alot that has Security Update bolded in red...It will take me all night even If I have DSL. I dont know what to download. I would appreciate some help please.
jslayton01Author Commented:
A security expert told me that theres no need to install them if I have a firewall or not logged in as ROOT. Also I have all my services disabled that pose a threat...

The problem with Linux programs is you might not be using the program, but the library shared is needed and is installed.  There is no way yet to secure Linux.  One of the easiest ways to gain root is to cause a buffer overflow, so your going to have to use your judgment.  If you are using iptables and all your server apps are up to date, then you are more secure then most.  

Do full backups of your system often. (and test them to make sure you can restore it)

Sql specifically is used by many programs so you should update if it is DB2, mysql, or postgres.
"Parsing Complete" refers to specific portions of the update process.

Once you pick your updates, click accept.

The output in the window is just informational as to what's going on. After it says finished at the bottom of the status window, you need to click on the 'finish' button on the bottom right. This will let YaST finish the job by running the various housekeeping scripts that will finish updating the system and fix your menus so they include any new selections you may have installed.

Your 'security expert' is mistaken. There are many security problems that won't have anything to do with having a firewall or running as root. Sounds like he's an MCSE or the like. Unlike Windows update, YaST/YOU is much smarter about applying updates you need. Also The patches for Linux are tested first by the package maintainer, and then by SuSE. So they much less frequently break anything, and when they do, rarely do they break things globally. Usually only breaking the application patched. Not the whole OS. In which case, running YaST/YOU again once another update is available will fix the problem.

If you are using SuSE 9.3, then the YOU updater will try and download patches instead of full size  update files. This will greatly reduce the download time.
As for which ones to install, click on each one in the left window and look to the right. Look for  "Installed Version"  in the 'Technical Data' or 'Dependencies' or tab and see if you have that application installed. If you do, you should update it. If not, don't worry about it.
YOU is pretty smart about pre-selecting downloads. If there is a security update (the red ones) for an application you have installed (or need installed) it will be selected. Leave those selected. The rest are only recommended (blue) or available to install (black) updates.
Pick them at your own discretion by clicking on each one and reading the info listed below and to the right for each update.
If there is an update for YaST or YOU, I would install ONLY those first, then after YaST exits restart it and re-run YOU and install the rest of the updates. Another important thing to do is to look at the choice of download site locations in the first YaST/YOU windows that is close to you. Choosing an Austrailian mirror for example, won't do you much good if you live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Basically, you should almost always install any updates listed in RED, and consider installing those in BLUE. The one's in black are up to you, though note that the nVidia GFX driver updates will be listed in the BLACK section so if you have an nVidia board, don't miss those.

Also if you have 9.3, you don't need to install the OpenOffice update listed ( Listed in YOU as "A Free Office Suite (the Language Independent part)") as it is to install the old 1.1.4 version for those that prefer it to the installed 2.0 beta version.


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jslayton01Author Commented:
Ok thanks I seem to understand. I just needed a good explaination.

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