[Test-Announce] Urgent F21 testing request: libhif and PackageKit

Adam Williamson adamwill at fedoraproject.org
Mon Jan 19 20:20:20 UTC 2015

Hi, folks!

We recently found out that there were some significant problems with 
PackageKit and things that use it (GNOME Software, Apper, gnome-
packagekit...) in Fedora 21, since the release of libhif-0.1.7 as an 
update shortly after F21 came out. The initial bug people noticed was 
offline updates failing to work, but in subsequent testing we found 
that regular package install and remove operations could cause crashes 
in PackageKit-based apps and it was possible for the PackageKit 
database to be corrupted.

It would be great if folks could, as a matter of urgency, test this 


Please install the updated packages, reboot (or at least restart the 
packagekit service), run 'pkcon repair' as root, reboot again, and 
then test regular use of GNOME Software and pkcon as much as possible -
try installing and removing packages, running offline updates, and so 
on. If your package set is up to date you can try downgrading a 
package in order to test offline updates - try 'yum downgrade 
devassistant', for instance, if you have it installed, then check for 
updates in GNOME Software.

As the bugs were pretty serious we'd like to release the fix as soon 
as possible, but at the same time we want to make sure we tested it 

Thanks folks! And thanks a lot to Richard Hughes for working to fix 
this quickly, and Kamil for doing a lot of testing on it.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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