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A while ago while I was getting some hardware issues fixed with my Linux Fedora 8 machine the Package UPdater was disabled. I don't know how to re-enable it. I read some posts on this site that said to just use yum to update software as it's doing the PUP thing anyway. So I tried the following:
[root@mythtv user1]# yum update firefox
Setting up Update Process
Could not find update match for firefox
No Packages marked for Update
[root@mythtv user1]# yum update yum
Setting up Update Process
Could not find update match for yum
No Packages marked for Update
This is despite the fact I'm running Firefox 2, and 3 is currently the latest.
Fedora sticks with the major revision of most software that was released initially, they only patch that revision. F8 came out with FF2.X and that is all the standard Fedora repos will have (and of course patched updates of that version). Current FF for F8 is Fedora/188.8.131.52-1.fc8 .
Keep in mind that F8 only has a little over a month of support life left.
Have updated some things including Firefox but regret it
I've updated firefox to 3 but now my extensive bookmarks have vanished and the browser's functions don't work properly - like the back button doesn't work - something basic. Now I remember why I didn't want to update anything!
I cannot find FF3 in any of the standard repos. IF you installed a rpm that was not specifically for F8 (say a F9 rpm) that can cause problems. You also want to be careful on using atrpms (on Fedora) when you are using any other third party repos. While the situation is much better now, they have had a long history of not playing well with other repos (including Fedora's own repo).
You can also post the results of: yum info firefox
Name : firefox
Arch : i386
Version : 3.0.4
Release : 1.fc10
Size : 14 M
Repo : installed
Summary : Mozilla Firefox Web browser
URL : http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/
License : MPLv1.1 or GPLv2+ or LGPLv2+
Description: Mozilla Firefox is an open-source web browser, designed for
: standards compliance, performance and portability.
Now is that "Release 1.fc10" the problem and do I need a release for fc8?
Ok. You have the testing repo enabled. Which currently houses F10 packages, but soon after F10 is released(on the 25th) it will house F11 packages. By having this enabled you may have pretty much borked the entire system. You do not know which rpms are meant for F10 and which ones are for F8. Since F8 will hit EOL(End of life) in about a month, I would say this would be a real good time to switch versions. And yes, for the most part, a package is specific to one distro, one version, and one arch.
OK I have changed the instances of enable=1 to enable=0 in the fedora-updates-testing.repo file in /etc/yum.repos.d - whether that has done anything I don't know.
I have uninstalled Firefox then tried yum install firefox but it still wants to install for fc10.
Anyway, I have also downloaded Fedora 9 and have burnt the image to a DVD - which now shows the files on the DVD (not the iso file) - is that the right thing to do because the computer won't boot from the DVD. GNOME HELP is useless when searching for "how to boot from DVD" - I tried Google but to no avail. How do I actually install Fedora 9 from this DVD? And will I need to re-setup MythTV with all the Channel IDs and DVD files allowing DVDs to be played? Will I also need to reinstall the files allowing mp3's and MPEG and mov files to be played? Honestly why does it have to be quite so complicated? Also last time I updated the kernel of Fedora 8 the Graphics no longer worked in MythTV.
I have now managed to boot from the DVD - it was then checked/verified - which it passed. Then I went to continue and a box came up saying error and only one option to press OK. The disc was then ejected then inserted and again the error box popped up with only the option of OK - and repeat. I went through this with two burnt DVDs with the same result.