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Old 06-19-2007, 10:36 PM   #1
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Unhappy Fedora - Software question - Help needed


When I select Applications > Add/Remove Software, I always get the following error,

Unable to retrieve software information in the form of a pop up box and I say OK, I'm back to the desktop. I'm unable to add or remove software in my Fedora. WHY is this? Please anyone help me!

I have Fedora core 5 along with Windows on my system.
 
Old 06-19-2007, 10:57 PM   #2
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It could mean that it is unable to connect to the repositories--is your internet connection working?

Also, check to see what repositories are enabled. On my FC7 install, this is in /etc/yum.repos.d
 
Old 06-19-2007, 11:25 PM   #3
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I don't have internet

Why do I need to connect to the repositories when I want to install a new software. By the way, I don't have any internet connection.
 
Old 06-20-2007, 04:22 AM   #4
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Wink http://fedoranews.org/cms/node/1055

I am sorry to tell you that pirut uses yum. so you need to change you /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo
to
I used kwrite to edit mine. I have restored it like 5 times after that.
Code:
baseurl=file:///media/cdrom/
#baseurl=http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/$releasever/$basearch/os/
#mirrorlist=http://fedora.redhat.com/download/mirrors/fedora-core-$releasever
 
Old 06-20-2007, 11:03 AM   #5
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in the Fedora forum and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 06-20-2007, 11:41 PM   #6
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I'm not understanding what you are trying to say. Can you please elaborate that clearly??
 
Old 06-22-2007, 06:11 AM   #7
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What almost000 is saying is that by default, Linux expects to update from the latest version across the internet.
If you want to get Sw from your CD, alter your /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo file as per his example, so it'll look on the CD drive instead.
 
Old 06-23-2007, 08:52 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jothishankarkumar
Why do I need to connect to the repositories when I want to install a new software. .
because that's where the software is.... (As noted, you can get some things on the install CD or DVD.)

Quote:
By the way, I don't have any internet connection
any way to get one?---Linux can be pretty painful without internet access.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 12:09 PM   #9
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Okay, what if I have the same problem and I do have a working internet connection?

I've installed Fedora 7 on a VMware virtual machine running under XP SP 2. I'm unsuccessful adding or removing applications. I am a DHCP client, and I'm successfully pulling an IP address and DNS adresses from the company's DHCP server.

I've configured the proxy settings as follows:

In Fedora, I clicked on System, Preferences, Internet and Network, Network Proxy.

For HTTP Proxy and Secure HTTP Proxy, I entered the name of our proxy server and the port using the same entries I use successfully for FF and IE on my XP system.

In Details, I entered my Windows domain username in both with and without a preceding ' domain\ '. It doesn't seem to make any difference.

These are the only changes I've made since the installation.

I installed Fedora from an F-7-i386-DVD.iso file. When I attempt to run Applications / Add/Remove Software, it appears the application is looking at the Internet instead of the .iso. I get at Retrieving Software Information window with a progress bar that doesn't got past 20% or so. Eventually I get the error "Unable to retrieve software information. This could be caused by not having a network connection available." I remember from my previous attempts with FC5 that the Add/Remove wants to look at an Internet repository for software. (I was hoping F7 would look to the installation source before hitting the net, but apparently this isn't the case.) I suspect the proxy settings are also causing the problem with Add/Remove.
 
Old 07-11-2007, 08:08 AM   #10
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Have you tried almost000's suggestion ie amend repo file to look at your CD/DVD drive?
 
Old 07-11-2007, 08:59 AM   #11
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Not yet

Not yet, for a couple of reasons.

I've got an internet connection, so I'd like to make it work.
I don't know what 'pirut' or 'yum' are, so I didn't realize his message applied to my problem.

I'll try it, but I'd still like to know what I'm doing wrong with the proxy server settings.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-12-2007, 02:17 AM   #12
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yum is a cmd line sw installer/updater/remover. Need to run as root.
Cmd line approach may give you more detailed error msgs, also see /var/log eg /var/log/messages.
I recommend using
tail -f /var/log/messages
in an x-term, then try again and see what msgs occur and post them.
Also, is there a logfile in VMWare or XP you can check?

If the CD/DVD drive method works, that'll definitely remove one possibiblity of error, although I agree it sounds like a Network issue.
I don't know if you can do that update from within VMWare, maybe there's a setting that needs fixing.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 09:22 AM   #13
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Apparently the correct command to mount the .ISO is

mount /dev/cdrom-sr1 /mnt

Since that lets me see the contents listed under /mnt. Based on that, what should the baseurl line look like? I've tried

baseurl=file:///mnt

and

baseurl=file:///dev/cdrom-sr1

but both result in the good old "Unable to retrieve software information" error for "Add/Remove Software". I'm also still looking for what I have to do to get "Add/Remove" and "Software Updater" to access the Internet from behind my corporate firewall.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 06:59 PM   #14
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Talking pirut

Pirut is Add/Remove Programs. yum is Yellowdog Updater Modified. I don't know how to fix what you have wrong now. I like using the terminal to load apps its faster for me.
 
  


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