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Old 03-24-2007, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone! First Problem - Slow Package Updater

Hi Everyone, I'm a newbie to Linux (and this forum), just installed Fedora Core 6 a few days ago and I'm eager to learn all about it!

A major frustration I'm having so far is how slow the Package Updater is. The first update has 246 updates which took about 14 hours to do, today I have another 8 and it looks like another few hours there.

Is this normal or can I reconfigure this in some way? I have a 512 broadband connection, general downloads from the browser come in at a normal 50kb/sec so that's working ok.

Thanks for any help!
Old 03-24-2007, 07:05 PM   #2
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Fedora 6 has been out for quite a while, and being as up to date as Fedora tries to be usually means a lot of updates.

You can check out the Fedora respins from the the Fedora Unity Project which are more up-to-date and won't require as many updates immediately after install as the original Fedora install media.

Once everything is updated just use yum to update every week or so and it shouldn't be such a burden.
Old 03-24-2007, 07:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for that. Is it normal for it to be so slow though? Is Yum part of the Core 6 distribution or do I need to download that separately? Cheers!
Old 03-24-2007, 08:29 PM   #4
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yum is the "smart" package manager for Fedora, it is part of the system, the command line equivalent to the GUI software updater. Fedora is quite popular and because of that, the mirror sites for packages have heavy traffic slowing it up a bit. Usually the high speed I use gets at least 250kbps in the wee hours of the morning, but during normal waking hours it is like yours -> 50kbps.

To learn more about yum, hit the link in Firefox for Core packages in the link bar and on the left hit 'Docs' and look for something along the lines of "managing software with yum".
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This is standard behaviour with yum. For no apparent reason at all, it may suddenly get incredibly slow. The most likely explanation is that some of the servers are either down of receiving lots of hits at that moment.

Something that does tend to help, however, is specifying a list of mirrors in /etc/yum.repos.d/. These lists have a default mirror which, being default, tends to have a lot more visitors than other mirrors. Just search the internet for the list of fedora mirrors and try explicitly listing some of these in core, extras and updates.


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