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Old 06-07-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Upgrading from FC8 to FC13


Hello,

I use fedora to run MythTV. I love it. However, since I got it set up I forgot about it. Then I wanted some new packages. And I found that I am 5 releases behind. Now I am having a hard time upgrading to FC13. I tried using YUM ala http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/YumUpgradeFaq, but my repos are all out of date. Then I tried using the DVD, but it didn't detect my previous release and wanted to write over it all. There must be a better way! Please help!

Mike
 
Old 06-07-2010, 10:35 PM   #2
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The only safe way I can see is to use preupgrade to upgrade to at least Fedora 11 and then preupgrade to fedora 13. That is very time consuming, but it should work OK.
 
Old 06-07-2010, 11:25 PM   #3
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Fedora 12 and later use ext4 as the default filesystem, so you won't get that if you try to upgrade. A full wipe and re-install is best from F8.
There is no Fedora "Core" since FC6, it is simply Fedora now.

If you were determined to upgrade instead of a fresh install, you could try adding the option "upgradeany" to the kernel boot options when booting from the install dvd.

Otherwise, have you considered Mythdora ? Currently based on F12 it is a complete Fedora / MythTV set up with updates and everything included.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 01:18 AM   #4
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If you were determined to upgrade instead of a fresh install, you could try adding the option "upgradeany" to the kernel boot options when booting from the install dvd.
I've upgraded old releases straight to the new ones like that. Usually it ends in 10,000 bugs in the end result install. You'll still get plenty of headaches, but less if you upgrade each release.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 05:33 AM   #5
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Don't do it. Backup your data and do a fresh install. Any other way is just not worth the effort when you've such a wide variation between releases.
 
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You can't do it: somewhere between FC8 and F13 they altered the structure of the database that rpm uses to keep track of what's on your system. You'll just have to reinstall. If you didn't do so before, make sure you have a separate partition for /home to preserve your settings in future.
 
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Look into CentOS (the free version of Red Hat). It is basically "Fedora Stable" with something ridiculous like 7 years of support. That way, you don't need to worry about not keeping up and finding yourself 5 releases behind.
 
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:23 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. You are of course correct. It can't be done. I tried to use the upgradeany command. That seemed to work at first but has resulted in many errors. yum has many many errors, x won't start. Luckily for me it was just a machine to record TV and it will just start over again when I rebuild it.
 
  


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