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Old 08-25-2004, 03:26 PM   #1
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Linux updates


Ok, so I just bought the linux bible with Fedora install. I have the red exclamation mark saying I have 149 updates. When I click on it and folow the update procedure it eventually times out. It says it's fethcing some fonts package, but never progresses.

I installed thw workstation version and checked all the protocols(ftp,http, etc) for the firewall to allow.

I'm new at this, so be gentle ;-)

Thanks!
 
Old 08-25-2004, 03:53 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are on dial-up? Probably some of those downloads are real time-consumers. You can always do 'yum update' as superuser ( I believe YUM is installed in the basic package, but if not you should definately get it). You can also get Synaptic, which will help with updates. I use all three without conflicts, but I'm sure there are some who have problems with the mix. Problem is, that this is going to be a BIG download no matter which one you use.

If you are set on using up2date and there is just too much to catch up on, why not try 'ignoring' some of the packages for now and then installing them once you have the main ones loaded? Of course, you would want to be selective to download the more critical ones first and test for dependencies tied to 'ignored programs'.
 
Old 08-25-2004, 05:21 PM   #3
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well, I''ll look into "yum". I'm on cable, so it's not my connection...i'm a newbie, so i figure it's something I'm doing wrong. I get apps that crash left and right...netscape installation don't work, shortcuts stop working when I change them, until I reboot. I thought maybe I accidentally installed Win98.

I left it on for about 8 hours...it timed out, but thanks, though. Actually, it don't matter, i think from x-windows(?) crashing so many times, the red exclamation mark went away...shewww, that solves it.
 
Old 08-25-2004, 05:26 PM   #4
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Just manually download all the latest rpms from a mirror, and do a command line rpm upgrade: rpm -Uvh package-name.rpm
 
Old 08-25-2004, 05:44 PM   #5
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You could just use yum, configured to use the mirror sites...

then as superuser
Code:
yum -y update
will get (and install) those updates

you can set what repositories for yum by editing your /etc/yum.conf file


for example, since the redhat servers were so slow... i added the following to my yum.conf and commented out the redhat server...

[base]
name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base
baseurl=http://mirror.hiwaay.net/redhat/fedora/linux/core/$releasever/$basearch/os
http://rpmfind.net/linux/fedora/core/$releasever/$basearch/os
http://mirror.clarkson.edu/pub/distr...ra/linux/core/$releasever/$basearch/os
http://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/linux/fedora/fedora/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/RPMS.os

#baseurl=http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/$releasever/$basearch/os/

EDIT

cincindie, i see you are from cincinanti... been spending the summer here, only met one other linux user so far here though

Last edited by archdev; 08-25-2004 at 05:45 PM.
 
Old 08-26-2004, 01:58 PM   #6
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mikeghet,

Do you notice your modem or network lights flashing (meaning it is either downloading or uploading something)?

archdev,

I agree: Cincinnati is too conservative a place for linux users. Hope you are enjoying your Summer here.
 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:00 PM   #7
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In Columbus there are literally hundreds I love it!
 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:31 PM   #8
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thanks for the ym config stuff....I did figure how to get yum updates...it said it downloaded them...does it automaticaly install them as well? If not, where do they get downloaded to? i used 'yum check-update' and hundreds of things came up on the list...apparently ctrl-c reprcoesses a downloading rpm that stops responding..
 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:58 PM   #9
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They should be in the /var/spool/up2date folder.
 
Old 08-26-2004, 04:05 PM   #10
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up2date witha default FC2 install hangs on my system all the time, so it's nothing wrong on your end. I don't use that system as anything other than a test bed so I haven't bothered making it work better yet. If you just keep running it, it will eventually work.
 
Old 08-26-2004, 04:07 PM   #11
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check out
Code:
man yum
but when you run with the -y option with something like update or install, then it just answers yes to all questions (usuallly questions like, 'can i install this?')

running
Code:
yum -y update
should download all available updates AND install them. you could even just set this up as a cron job or something to do it automatically


cincindie : it was a good summer other than the cicadas... but i got two more weeks before my project is over and its back to chicago
 
Old 08-27-2004, 12:39 AM   #12
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Do the yum repositories eventually stop putting new packages on their ftp sites? I just installed yum and ran yum update on my red hat 9 box, and it said that everything was up to date. I then checked php and found that I am running php 4.2.2, even though I know that php 4.3.x have been released for some time now and I would expect it to be on the repository site. Would I need to upgrate my version of red hat (to fedora 1 or 2) in order to have yum get the most recent versions of these programs?

Or should I change my repository preferences in the /etc/yum.conf? I just used the defaults (mirror.dulug.duke.edu).

Matt
 
Old 08-27-2004, 09:56 AM   #13
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I think the yum repositories are distribution specific. So, if you have RH9, it'll only check for RH9-based rpms. You can always manually install php4.3.x or any other package - of course, dependencies may fail, or you might have to upgrade a host of other programs/libraries too.

archydev: Yeah, the cicadas. Well, they won;t be back for 17 years. Hope you enjoy the rest of the Summer (has been the coolest in the past three years). Have a safe trip back to Chicago. Cheers.
 
  


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