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Old 02-03-2008, 08:17 PM   #1
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Add/Remove Software - Unable to retrieve software information


I recently installed Fedora Core 8 as my first ever Linux installation. I am trying to install Firefox, or anything for that matter, and following the install instructions from Firefox I tried to open Add/Remove Software. Two windows appear, but stay locked up for about 60 seconds before an error appears that reads: Unable to retrieve software information. It says something about not being connected to the internet but I am ON the internet right now and was then.

I have seen in some posts people suggesting becoming root and yum check-update. When I do this, nothing seems to happen, and trying Add/Remove Software again yields the same results. Again, I'm completely new to Linux, so if you respond please assume I know nothing.
 
Old 02-03-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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Something is blocking yum access to the repositories (where the programs are kept).

How are you connected to the internet?
Which browser are you using to view this page?

Note: firefox is usually available out of the box on your install DVD. Unless you deselected it when you choose packages in the final install stages, firefox is already installed. Go look.

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Old 02-03-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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I downloaded the Fedora image from the Fedora project site, and as far as I know it did not come with Firefox, but that could be because I don't know where to look. I downloaded Firefox from their site, and have the file sitting on the desktop. I am connected to a router, which connects to my DSL modem. OH,and I'm using Konqueror to browse this page.

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Old 02-03-2008, 08:52 PM   #4
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According to distrowatch and the fedora release notes, f8 comes with firefox. However, I see you are using KDE instead of the default Gnome. Which fedora image did you use?

Getting access to repositories is still important, whether firefox is installed or not.
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I am connected to a router, which connects to my DSL modem. OH,and I'm using Konqueror to browse this page.
OK - is your router configured to act as a proxy?

It's possible you just need to configure yum properly. Here's how:

Make sure install DVD in in the drive.
Open a terminal.

$ su -
(enter password. Note. that "-" at the end is important.)

# yum -y install yum-priorities
(make sure DVD is in drive - I think f8 will use the dvd as a repo.)

# nano /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/priorities.conf
(this opens the config file in a text editor)

Make the file look like this:
Code:
[main]
enabled = 1
check_obsoletes = 1
And then save the file and close it.

# rpm -Uvh http://www.fedorafaq.org/f8/yum http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm
(This installs a pre-built configuration file written by Max Kanat-Alexander which is very useful to newbies.)

# yum update
(updates all installed packages, a good idea but watch your bandwidth.)



As you are very new, here is some suggested reading:
www.fedorafaq.org
www.mjmwired.net/fedora8
 
Old 02-03-2008, 09:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Hope it works! How about those Giants? Oh yeah!
 
Old 02-04-2008, 03:40 AM   #6
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Quote:
How about those Giants?
Giants win the pennant - I heard. Isn't Superbowl this week? Soon? Gone? I'm a bit removed.
[edit] Ah... it was today (yesterday NZ time).
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wi...,5366105.story

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Old 02-16-2008, 08:00 PM   #7
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OK, i got root and did yum -y install yum-priorities with the DVD inn and got an error saying it could not connect to some website.
 
Old 02-17-2008, 05:30 AM   #8
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Please quote exact output.

Do I take it, then, that your internet access is via a proxy?
 
  


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