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Howto, Live Upgrade to Fedora 8

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:08 am
by nayyares
I was compelled to upgrade my T42 Thinkpad to F8ish today (F8 not having really been released yet). I went the lazy-man route and did an in-place FC6-to-F8 Live Upgrade over the network with yum. It didn't take very long and I was able to use mail (thunderbird) and web (firefox) throughout the entire process. Earlier today somebody asked me for my notes. It's actually very simple...

1. Manually upgrade the fedora-release and fedora-release-notes
packages like so:

$ rpm -hUv \
http:// [YOUR FAVORITE MIRROR]/fedora-release-7.92-1.noarch.rpm \
http:// [YOUR FAVORITE MIRROR]/fedora-release-notes-7.92-2.noarch.rpm

2. Disable all third-party repositories in /etc/yum.repos.d.

3. Remove third-party packages for which there is no new repo. The
upgrade will fail due to broken dependencies otherwise.

4. $ yum update

5. Now your system has updated versions of all of your previously
installed packages. In order to pick up new packages from the
groups you care about, you'll want to do something like so:

$ yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" \
"Development Tools" "Server Configuration Tools" \
"Hardware Support" "Sound and Video" \
"Graphical Internet" "Fonts" \
"Games and Entertainment" "Printing Software" \
"Administration Tools" "Office/Productivity" "System Tools"

6. Reboot.

especial thanks to Anthony Green


Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:06 am
by sameer666

it is really good, to live update ur distro, but as imho dsl in pak still is too expensive and cable net sucks. every time you trash ur distro, get ready to wait for few days for update to be complete. better is just download the damn cd. it will take one week or wat ever time depending on ur bandwidth. but it will be finish d/l once for all, atleast till next release :D

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:54 am
by nayyares

You are right, but it depends on what level of update is required if you are going to update from F6 to F8 of course it will take ages on slow internet as most of the packages are now has been updated but if you are opted for a minor change like 7.x to 7.xy or even 8 it will not take much of your time.

second, Fedora has a free CD/DVD shipment service that can be used if somebody has limits in downloading, check out

cheers !