Originally Posted by abisko00
I would assume that the patch was corrupted, either during download or on the mirror. You could try again to load the patch from another mirror, or to manually download the patch rpm.
To deactivate deltas, edit /etc/sysconfig/onlineupdate:
Thanks abisko00. I was able to edit this file and that immediately changed the behavior of the online update. The comments contained in that file also help to understand what 'delta' updating is about. I thought it was to insure file validity, but it's just to make updating a bit faster.
What is still weird is that updates are downloaded but cannot always be installed. For example, the Progress Log displays:
Retrieving ethereal: 'A Network Traffic Analyser'
But later displays:
Installing ethereal: 'A Network Traffic Analyser'
It pops up a window indicating an error, gives me a button that says 'Retry', but then does nothing. When I reattempt the update, it usually works, but then another will fail. Not clear why there should be errors like this (CRC type errors?)
Would I have better success not using the GUI, but using rpm
Thanks again, abisko. Problem 99% solved!
BTW for any other newbie's like me reading this, I needed to learn the rudiments of vim, a Linux editor in the low-tech fashion. All I needed to know I learned by typing vimtutor
and that gave me the rudiments to insert text and save the file. I also made a backup of the file first using cp onlineupdate onlineupdate.bak
. For more info on the vim editor, see the LQ wiki at: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Vi