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Old 04-28-2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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Question Resolving Dependencies for Updates (Fedora 8)

Hello Everyone;

I recently downloaded Fedora-8. I upgraded my current Fedora system and it seemed to go just fine. Then I installed all my package updates. That went fine.

After about one day the “Package Updater” indicated I had over 1000 security updates to install. (Holy T-Shirt!) I started the “Package Updater” I let it run for 4 days. I thought it was the Internet just being slow. Most of it spent time on the last (I'm Guessing) 1%. After 4 days I stopped it. Was it a mistake?

After hours of internal debate I did a clean install. Reloaded all my working software and brought the system up. With in hours I had the same message over again. 1000+ security updates are available.

Next I did a new download of the FC-8 DVD. I downloaded it from a different mirror. Both “ISO” files had the same checksum. I decided to do an fresh install again on a different computer. I had the same problem on a different computer.

The problem? 1000+ security updates and it takes over 4 to 5 days. The “Package Updater (PUP)” chews up between 60% to 95% of the CPU time. Then I got a Segmentation Fault. @^*&%$@ on the fourth try.

I am sure that PUP uses YUM. I just do not know what process is giving me the problem. During the last 1% of “Resolving Dependency for Updates” I just do not understand why it is taking days.

Does anyone else here on this forum have an issue like this. I have checked all the bug reports and other forums.

I am an old and aging AT&T, SUN, & SCO Unix guy who finally has given into Linux. Oh darn, I forgot to mention AGOL. I programed in that also. Yes, and Pascal. Been there done that got the T-Shirt!


PS: I try 50% of all the recipes on
Old 04-28-2008, 10:55 PM   #2
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Have you tried doing the update with yum directly to see if you get the same number of updates and it takes tha same amount of time? I'd have thought after a clean install, you'd have 200-500MB of updates to come in.
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Start with "yum update yum".
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Hello again;

I tried just “yum update firefox” and it seemed to want to update everything. 584 packages including firefox. I started it yesterday at around 5:00PM 2008/04/28 it is still going it is now 6:00AM the following day.

Before I did I removed my data disc array and mirrored it to another array and left it off the system. I then did a fresh install on the system discs “/, swap, and /home” they are a two disc raid array, where my data discs are an eight disc raid array.

I hard thing about Linux is there is no real manual you can purchase or download. I chose Fedora because it seems the most expandable for developers. I totally was fed up with BSD and SCO.

BTW This site seems to be one of the better ones for answers. Some Linux sites have people that just want to make a post as an answer and it says nothing.


PS I have done updates with yum directly. I got a segmentation fault.
Old 04-29-2008, 12:59 PM   #5
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Ok, if you are getting a segmentation fault with yum directly, you have found the problem(almost all the update stuff in Fedora uses yum as a back end). Post the exact error message(cut and paste) and we can go from there.


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