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Old 06-25-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Question New to Fedora... Can I clean-install upgrade and keep all my packages?


I'm running Fedora 17 on a virtual box and want to know how, if possible, I can upgrade without having to reinstall all my packages I downloaded while using the older version of Fedora? I want to do a clean install but keep all my files and settings. How and what is the best way to save all your directories and files, packages, etc, but still have an otherwise brand-new operating system? Perhaps I'm asking too much?

I apologize for asking too much at once, but I've had my fair share of upgrade nightmares.

Thank all of you, if even one of you reads my message.

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Old 06-25-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums Claude!

"How to upgrade Fedora?" is very well documented; I suggest you start here and familiarize yourself with the options:

Personally I have used PreUpgrade several times successfully in the past.

Also good to read the Release Notes:

I assume you are upgrading one step from Fedora 16 to 17?
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Short answer - no.
Slightly longer answer is rtfm. Most of this is covered in the install manual - including how to obtain a package list for your packages, and backup your stuff. Then regenerate the package install on the new level.
Packages may change incompatibly between releases, so you need to be this careful.

Have you considered pre-upgrade ?.
Old 06-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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I apologize. I have as my primary OS Windows 7 and am using Fedora 17 as a test OS. I was wondering what in general are the best ways to store all your packages and directories, settings, etc., to a backup device or removable media in Fedora in general. I already have Fedora 17 installed. What files will I need to save, beyond the obvious? Is there any list that Fedora automatically creates when you add to or change something that should be backed up? I know that was a silly question.


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