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Old 03-29-2006, 02:02 PM   #1
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Upgrade Fedora Core 4 (FC4) to Fedora Core 5 (FC5) hangs


I downloaded the DVD image of Fedora Core 5 from XXXX and burned it to a DVD. I performed the mediacheck option and the DVD is good.

I am attempting to upgrade my FC4 installation to FC5. I boot from the DVD and go through all the prompts... The installer locates the previous installation correctly.

The installer updates my bootloader and a message appears that it is examining my previous installation. There is hard drive activity for a few minutes as the progress bar crawls. The progress bar gets to 100% and it seems to hang (I've waited as long as 20 minutes for the next step before giving up).

Is there some way around this problem?
 
Old 03-29-2006, 02:04 PM   #2
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if you're upgrading an existing installation, why not just do it over yum? use the dvd image as a repository and just do a "yum upgrade" and off it goes.
 
Old 03-29-2006, 02:07 PM   #3
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Thank you for your suggestion...

There are two reasons I haven't done the upgrade via Yum. Perhaps you can help me with them...

1. I read on here that it's a non-specific 'bad idea' to upgrade distros via Yum. I don't know why, but that's what I've seen. Can you shed any light on this rumor?

2. I don't know how to do it! If you'd be so kind as to tell me specifically how to configure the DVD drive as a repository and upgrade via Yum, I'd appreciate it.
 
Old 03-29-2006, 02:16 PM   #4
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personally i had no problems whatsoever when i upgraded. potentially it can be dangerous, but i've never regeretted it. just mount the dvd image and install the fedora-release rpm on it. then just run "yum upgrade". this won't actually use the files on the dvd though, to be honest i don't know how to add a local resource to yum, but if i did, i'm sure i'd say it was fairly easy...
 
Old 03-29-2006, 02:27 PM   #5
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What's 'potentially dangerous' about doing the upgrade via Yum -- what should I look out for?
 
Old 03-29-2006, 03:31 PM   #6
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honestly i don't know about this one inparticular... the only thing i noticed that made me feel a little uneasy was that it upgraded the kernel rather than installing the new one along side the old one. i'd suggest installing the kernel directly from the dvd (rpm -ivh /mnt/dvd/Redhat/RPMS/kernel-2.6.something....rpm) and then removing the old one when you're happy with the new kernel. other than that there is nothing specific i am aware of.
 
Old 03-29-2006, 03:59 PM   #7
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Thank you very much for your insight. I will try this approach and report back what happens!
 
Old 05-21-2006, 04:37 PM   #8
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I have exactly the same problem with upgrading my Fedora Core 3 to 5 except that my upgrade attempt hangs at "Preparing transaction with installation source" with some ca 90 percent done. I am so disappointed, because Fedora Core is the only linux distro that gave me "reasonable" problems so far...
Looking forward to solutions for this...
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I downloaded the DVD image of Fedora Core 5 from XXXX and burned it to a DVD. I performed the mediacheck option and the DVD is good.

I am attempting to upgrade my FC4 installation to FC5. I boot from the DVD and go through all the prompts... The installer locates the previous installation correctly.

The installer updates my bootloader and a message appears that it is examining my previous installation. There is hard drive activity for a few minutes as the progress bar crawls. The progress bar gets to 100% and it seems to hang (I've waited as long as 20 minutes for the next step before giving up).

Is there some way around this problem?
 
Old 05-22-2006, 07:41 AM   #9
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Still no luck on my end, either. I'm stuck at the same spot when trying to upgrade my FC4 to FC5.

Please, can anyone help?
 
Old 05-22-2006, 08:47 AM   #10
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check for errors on your debugging terminals Ctrl+AltF1 to F6
 
Old 05-22-2006, 09:00 AM   #11
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I had the same problem when using a DVD.
Finally I used the cd's (iso files) which I had downloaded from the Fedora site.
Upgrading from cd worked smoothly.
 
  


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