upgrading RH 9 system->Fedora with iso files and apt only
by Didier Casse
I have the yarrow's iso files on my HD in a RH9 system. Let's say I want
to upgrade selected packages using an "apt-get install" pointing to my
iso-mounted files, how do I do it?
i.e I mount the iso into some /mnt/yarrow1, /mnt/yarrow 2 etc..
Then what is the complete procedure to make my apt look into my own HD to
upgrade packages. Can anybody redirect me to the correct
resource or some literature hanging on the web? Thanks.
Assume also that I do not wish to burn CDs! I do not want to use
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1 year, 4 months
by Michael J Gruber
I just git a "broken dependencies" notice for a package that I maintain.
The reason is that "pdftk" got retired just the other day.
I may have missed a corresponding post on fedora-devel, but I think a
heads up notice to maintainers of depending packages may be in order
before you retire a package, as a general idea.
You see, unretiring a package is so much more work than changing
As for pdftk: I see 2 failed builds for version 1.45 and none for the
current version 2.02 (which probably breaks the api anyways). What are
the plans? Retire pdftk completely? Start fresh with pdftk2?
pdflabs, the maker of pdftk, provide binary as well as source rpms for
pdftk 2.02, by the way. I might even look into packaging it but don't
want to duplicate any existing efforts.
1 year, 9 months
apitrace, bundled libbacktrace
by Sandro Mani
apitrace 5.0 bundles libbacktrace, which looks like is living within the
gcc sources. libbacktrace is not build as a shared library from the gcc
sources, and not packaged.
Is it feasible to build libbacktrace as a shared library and ship it in
a corresponding package? Or should I rather go for a bundling exception
5 years, 5 months
whatever happened to yum + btrfs snapshotting?
by Neal Becker
Some time back there was discussion of being able to rollback yum updates via
btrfs snapshotting. As I recall, it turned out that the default btrfs install
was not setup correctly to make this feasible (I had briefly tested it on my
machine). I haven't heard anything since - this seems like a great idea.
-- Those who don't understand recursion are doomed to repeat it
6 years, 2 months
Bad default error policy causes printing issues and BIG usability issues
by Valent Turkovic
currently default error policy for printers in Fedora is "Stop printer" on
any error which is a really bad default. I have run across this issue LOTS
of times with regular Fedora desktop users who don't get why has their
printer stopped working, there is no UI queue to warn users, there is no
easy way to "Start printer" with one click after it has been stopped. It is
just a big mess.
Even worse, previous versions of Gnome control panel (if I remember
correctly) had option to change default error policy, now that option is
removed and you can get to it only by installing system-config-printers
tool, something regular users have no idea about even exists, and it is not
installed by default.
There are too many examples which are simple user errors but result in
priner going offline (stopped) and this is really bad, because after any
small error users can't print any more.
For example: user trying to print while he/she is not at home so his/hers
printer is not available, user trying to print but has forgot to connect
usb priner cable, user trying to print but haven't turned it on, user
printing to wifi printer but while connected to different wifi network...
Any of these actions is simple uses error but results in permanently
disabling of priner (Stops printer) and users can't print even when they
resolve issue that was stopping them from accessing the printer.
Now Fedora is what is stopping them from printing.
Who is responsible for user experience of Fedora desktop? To whom should I
point this issue to?
7 years, 9 months
Firefox addon signing
by Michael Cronenworth
I'm sure those that need to know, know, but for those that haven't heard
Mozilla's official Firefox build will enforce addons to contain a Mozilla signature
without any runtime option to disable the check.
Initially this prevents Fedora packaged addons since they are unsigned. The Mozilla
signing process takes time and can't be part of a package building process.
Is Fedora going to get authorization to build Firefox with a runtime disable option?
7 years, 9 months
Unretiring cx18-firmware, if anyone else still wants it in the distro
by Simon Farnsworth
I've got the misfortune of maintaining a small number of systems that use
the cx18 driver for their HVR-1600 cards; I'm just in the process of
bringing these systems up to Fedora 21, and have discovered that
cx18-firmware was retired.
As I'm going to have to maintain the package for work purposes, I'm
volunteering to maintain it in Fedora for F21 and later. If anyone's
interested in having it available in Fedora, the review request is at:
SIMVoleon, SoQt rebuilt against Coin3 on f22 and rawhide
by Ralf Corsepius
as some already might have noticed, Coin3 is about to land in Fedora.
Therefore, I rebuilt SIMVoleon and SoQt (two addon-packages to Coin),
against Coin3 on rawhide and f22. I do not expect this to impose
problems to Fedora, because I can't spot any packages depending on these
On Fedora <= 21 these packages will have to stay with Coin2 to avoid
Though it's thinkable to do so, I do not plan to provide Coin3-compiled
versions of these packages for fc20, f21 and Coin2-compiled versions for
fc22, f23, at the moment. Please speak up now, should you have such a