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Old 11-03-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question Upgrade procedure for new Fedora releases?


Hello,
Just wondering, whenever a new Fedora is released (such as, but not limited to, Fedora 16 this month), will my existing Fedora installation automatically update itself to the latest version? If so, are there any considerations I should be aware of? If not, is there a way to enable it?
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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Hello,
Just wondering, whenever a new Fedora is released (such as, but not limited to, Fedora 16 this month), will my existing Fedora installation automatically update itself to the latest version? If so, are there any considerations I should be aware of? If not, is there a way to enable it?
Thanks.
A google search for "fedora 16 upgrade" gets you this:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrad...dora_using_yum


It looks straightforward from 15 to 16. Make sure that you back things up first!
 
Old 11-03-2011, 10:32 AM   #3
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I see, thanks for the link.
So looks like it is not automatic per se, and you have to do it manually, albeit not very difficult.
Is this how most people do it? Or is a clean reinstall to a new version recommended?
 
Old 11-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #4
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I see, thanks for the link.
So looks like it is not automatic per se, and you have to do it manually, albeit not very difficult.
Is this how most people do it? Or is a clean reinstall to a new version recommended?
It is automatic but not one click. Fedora is a tricky one as it doesn't always support upgrading. I think that 14 to 15 required a clean install. You can make life easier for yourself by having a separate /home partition and just doing clean installs. What is your partition set up?
 
Old 11-03-2011, 05:47 PM   #5
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i did a 14 to 15 upgrade
15 to 16 should be
Code:
# yum update yum
# yum clean all
# yum --releasever=16 --disableplugin=presto distro-sync
probably not the most recommended procedure but it works
just make sure nothing interrupts the process once the package downloads finish and the actual update process starts or you are in for a world of trouble, hence it would probably be a good idea to do a backup of your system first.

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Old 11-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #6
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i did a 14 to 15 upgrade
15 to 16 should be
Code:
# yum update yum
# yum clean all
# yum --releasever=16 --disableplugin=presto distro-sync
probably not the most recommended procedure but it works
For the last couple of releases I have done a clean install to a second disc, using a /home, and then copy /home across to the new disc.
This seems to be a safe way of doing it, as I can always fall back to my old disc and continue using the previous release until I get the new release as I would like it.
I do find it a bit of painful process installing all the additional libs and packages that I use that aren't in the standard distribution.
Does the method you describe above automatically take care of all these issues?

Cheers,
Terry
 
Old 11-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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is has been a while since i did this, but last i checked as long as they are part of an active repository in your sources list it should work.
 
Old 11-03-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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a 100% clean NEW install is the best
however some have not had problems using "preupgrade" BUT your /boot partition DOSE NEED to be large -- very large "1 gig "

if your boot partition is only 100-500 meg then preupgrade WILL NOT work


no matter what you do the VERY FIRST STEP is

Step 1 -- make a back up of important files and data
Step 2 -- see step 1
step 3 -- see step 2

then run "preupgrade" and fallow the upgrade documentation
-- WARNING ---
you might end up with a FUBAR'ed system .One that will not even boot
so see step 1 &2 &3

then again some have not had any real problems
It is a craps shoot .
 
Old 11-04-2011, 11:46 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies.
I think I'll just make thorough backups and go with the clean reinstall option. At first I thought it will be automatically upgraded to newest releases like Ubuntu does, but that's OK.
 
  


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