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Old 05-30-2005, 01:50 PM   #1
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why does this happen?

I recently installed FC3 onto a P4 laptop (only FC3 no other OS), everything works ok, but when I went to update, it took all of 12+hours! (200 plus pakages to update)

Using the same install disks, I installed FC3 onto a P3 laptop (now dual booting win XP and FC3), and clicked update, and an hour and a half (sorry wrote this backwards originally) later it is nearly finished updating! (314 packages to update)

Why is the P3 faster at updating than the P4?

(download speeds for downloading the rpms took about the same time for both computers)

What happened?

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Old 05-30-2005, 01:56 PM   #2
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please try and use a better thread title in future. You'll get better responses with a more insightful title. thanks
Old 05-30-2005, 02:24 PM   #3
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It could be a number of things. I have installed and re-installed fc3 many times and have gone through slow updates before. Most of the time it is the download speed. If its busy it can take almost forever to download other times it is extremely fast. Second did you choose any other packages on the other installations? it could have cause more / less packages to be updated.

If you think that your p3 is faster then your p4 it could be an issue with ram, programs running and a number of things. I doubt that it is a problem or that your p3 is faster then your p4.
Old 05-30-2005, 03:12 PM   #4
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The up2date utility is very slow, the more so because (IIRC) it uses the master Fedora site, which is constantly dealing with massive traffic.

The "yum" utility is much faster, and will randomly select a mirror site to use, rather than hitting the master site:

su -c 'yum update yum' (to get the latest version of yum)

Then do a global update:

su -c 'yum update'

If you on dial-up then you'll find downloading a big batch of updates takes a long time.


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