I've installed a new OES server install from SP2 media, and then did a
full "rug" update. After reboot I'm trying to go into YaST and "Install
or Remove software", but it's hanging with a window saying "Solving...".
It's been like this for more than 24 hours.

/var/log/rcd/rcd-messages says:

Mar 1 14:24:56 [27984] id=1 COMPLETE 'Downloading
https://update.novell.com/data/serviceinfo.xml' time=574s (failed)
Mar 1 14:24:56 [27984] Unable to download service info: Can't connect -
Cannot connect to destination
(https://update.novell.com/data/serviceinfo.xml)
Mar 1 14:24:56 [27984] Loaded 27 packages in
'636d528db7e33666da83781358496de0|40' (0.00256 seconds)
Mar 1 14:24:56 [27984] Loaded 671 packages in
'636d528db7e33666da83781358496de0|89' (0.06252 seconds)
Mar 1 14:28:15 [27984] id=2 COMPLETE 'Downloading
https://update.novell.com/data/$RCE/oes/getPatchList/oes-9-i586'
time=199s (failed)
Mar 1 14:28:15 [27984] [rcd.rce-privs] Unable to download privileges
from https://update.novell.com/data: Can't connect - Cannot connect to
destination (h
ttps://update.novell.com/data/RPC2/redcarpet-client.php)
Mar 1 14:28:15 [27984] Send harwdware info failed: Can't connect -
Cannot connect to destination
(https://update.novell.com/data/RPC2/...pet-client.php
)
Mar 1 14:28:15 [27984] Send package hash failed: Can't connect - Cannot
connect to destination
(https://update.novell.com/data/RPC2/...pet-client.php)
Mar 1 14:28:15 [27984] [rcd.supertransaction] Error adding
supertransactions to 'Novell_Update_Server': Can't connect - Cannot
connect to destination (htt
ps://update.novell.com/data/RPC2/redcarpet-client.php)
Mar 1 14:28:15 [27984] Unable to download patch list: Can't connect -
Cannot connect to destination
(https://update.novell.com/data/$RCE/oes/getPatchList/
oes-9-i586)


update.novell.com does indeed seem to be down at the moment (tried it
from various locations); how can I stop rcd trying to contact
update.novell.com in the meantime?