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Old 08-21-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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Update System Issues

Hi Everyone,

I'm a newbie to Linux and recently attended a Linux Essentials course.
My instructor gave me a Fedora 9 Live DVD that I used to install onto a virtual machine.
After installation I attempt to update the system by going to the System menu and clicking on Update System.

I receive the following error:

Problem connecting to a software source.
There was a (possibly temporary) problem connecting to a software source
Please check the detailed error for further details.

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Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: fedora.
Please verify its path and try again.

I've done some searching on the net and I've tried running Yum Clean All but when I try Yum MakeCache it fails with:
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Could not retrieve mirrorlist error was [Errno4] IOError: <urlopen error (-2, 'Name of server not known')>Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadat (repomd.xml) for repository: fedora. Please verify its path and try again.

This VM can access the net using Firefox and the link mentioned above does open up and I see all of the links listed in it.
I've also messed with setting up the network proxy to see if that was the problem.

I can't figure out what it is that is wrong, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

Old 08-21-2008, 11:25 PM   #2
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After you run 'yum clean all', you can run 'yum update' to update the system.
Old 08-22-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Update Issue


When running Yum Clean All as root, it works fine.
When I run Yum Update as root I get the following error:
Could not retrieve mirrorlist error was
[Errno 4] IOError: <urlopen error (-2, 'Name or service not known')>
Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: fedora. Please verify its path and try again

I'm connected to the Internet since I am replying to this post from my fedora VM machine.
Is there something that I am missing?

Old 09-21-2008, 08:36 AM   #4
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yum etc

not sure what has happened here. Do you have a separate home partition and user password.
your Virtual system should work exactly the same as a real one (installing from live cds causes problems) Your instructor should be able to tell you what the situation is.
Perhaps the command line taps into the host and so does not register on the guest, especially if you use keyboard shortcuts.
I reply because I have installed fed9 on VirtualBox with no problems except screen size but only after installing developer software.
My advice,for what it is worth, would be never use the latest version of linux if you are new to it. People use it as an experiment as do Microsoft.


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