I'm posting as a nube 'cause I don't know a thing about the Linux update mechanism. My apologies for the length.
Environment: Fedora core 7 installed using i386 modules, but on an Athlon 64 processor. Works fine. Gnome desktop.
I had automatic updates on my desktop (running as user "phil" but with root priv) and was receiving periodic software patches; it was part of my original install, and I just accepted the defaults. Little box-looking icon in the upper right corner of the screen. I believe this was a graphical front-end to something called "pup". Worked like a champ, right?
About 2 weeks ago, I logged in as "root" instead of "phil" for some other purpose, and was told by the package updater (same little box-looking icon in the upper right corner) that I had 745 updates available. "Huh?" I said. "Hmmm... must have something to do with root's desktop environment."
Well, I figured I didn't need the desktop for a few hours, so I let the thing do it's monster patch download and install them. One item not found, I got it off the list and ran again, everything's cool.
Except, when I logged back in as "phil," the package updater in the corner told me "Can't update; no network connection" and sat there with a little red "x" over it. My network connection was fine; I rebooted, got the same error, said "Hmmm... I'll try logging in as 'root' again". I just got around to that yesterday, and no dice... the package updater said "no network connection" and x'ed itself.
So, then I tried doing "yum update" from the root command prompt. It looked like it was running, but then it got this error message, and crapped out. The error message went like this:
[root@localhost backup]# yum update
http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/pkg...ta/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found
Trying other mirror.
Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: gst-0.10-apps. Please verify its path and try again
So, my questions:
1) What happened to my package updater?
2) Where does yum store his repository setup, so I can go in and delete these errant repositories?
3) What can I read that will explain what the hell I'm doing?
Thanks for your patience.