Issues encountered upgrading with yum from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17

Jonathan Kamens jik at
Sun Apr 1 04:16:22 UTC 2012

Hi everyone,

I just upgraded my system from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17 using yum as 
described at 
Here are my notes from the experience. I'm not really sure which of 
these to file bugs about; any feedback on that score would be appreciated.

The Fedora 16 -> Fedora 17 instructions say that the upgrade requires at 
least dracut-013-22.fc16, but "yum  update" didn't get me that version, 
so I had to download and install it manually from koji. Presumably this 
is because it just hadn't been pushed to the yum repo yet and this 
problem will rectify itself soon enough.

I could have sworn I typed the "dracut --force --add convertfs" command 
properly and that it actually did something, but apparently not, because 
when I rebooted afterward I still had my old initramfs. I ran the same 
command again after that reboot and then rebooted a second time, and 
this time it worked. I guess I must have typed the command wrong or 
something, but really, I could have sworn I didn't.

The only *.usrmove~ files created by the conversion were 
/usr/sbin/mount.davfs.usrmove~ and /usr/sbin/umount.davfs.usrmove~. I 
don't know why these two files in particular were created. I removed 
them after the upgrade, after confirming that mount.davfs and 
umount.davfs existed.

I had to remove some orphan RPMs to get yum distro-sync to work, but 
that's to be expected so I don't think there's any point in enumerating 
them here.

After the upgrade, both named.service and dhcpd.service were disabled in 
systemd, even though they were both enabled prior to the upgrade. 
Perhaps this is because named and dhcpd were switched to systemd in F17? 
I imagine other people are going to run into this issue and be irritated 
by it. Note that the upgrading with yum page listed above mentions 
recording enabled services before the upgrade and restoring them 
afterward for the Fedora 15 -> Fedora 16 upgrade, but /not/ for the 
Fedora 16 -> Fedora 17 upgrade. If some services are being converted 
from initscripts to systemd in F17, they need to be called out on this page.

After the upgrade, dhcpd was complaining, "Multiple interfaces match the 
same shared network: eth2 eth2:1". This arose from this configuration 
stanza in /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf:

    shared-network eth2 {
       subnet netmask {
         option broadcast-address;
         option subnet-mask;
         option routers;

       subnet netmask {

I have two IP addresses on eth2:

    eth2: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
             inet  netmask  broadcast
             inet6 fe80::e291:f5ff:fe20:3441  prefixlen 64  scopeid
             ether e0:91:f5:20:34:41  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)

    eth2:1: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
             inet  netmask  broadcast
             ether e0:91:f5:20:34:41  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)

The same configuration file worked fine prior to the upgrade. I tried 
creating wrapping the "subnet" declaration in a separate 
"shared-network" declaration, but then it complained "Failed to get HW 
address for eth2:1". Finally I just removed the subnet 
declaration from the config file entirely, since I don't actually need 
dhcpd to be able to issue addresses on that subnet, but I fear that if I 
did need to, I wouldn't be able to get it to. There appears to be a 
potential regression here.

I had the gnome-shell weather extension 
<> installed 
prior to the upgrade. After the upgrade, it made gnome-shell crash until 
I deleted it. Even after I recompiled and reinstalled it from the 
gnome3.4 branch, it still made gnome-shell crash, so I had to disable it 
for the time being. I am disappointed; I like that extension. I've 
emailed the author to ask if he knows what's up.

Incidentally, once it's working again I'd really like to see it added to 
Fedora as an RPM so I don't have to keep downloading and installing it 
from source. It's a great extension. Aside from it, does anybody else 
know a good way to get a persistent weather applet of some sort on my 

Prior to the upgrade my window title bars had minimize, maximize, and 
close buttons. After the upgrade only the close button remained, and I 
had to use gnome-tweak-tool to put back the other buttons, just as I had 
long ago to get them in the first place. Is it a bug that this 
configuration setting was lost and had to be restored? Is it possible 
that gnome-shell reverted to its default settings because it was 
crashing or something like that?

Similarly, I had mouse focus configured prior to the upgrade, but after 
the upgrade gnome-shell reverted to click focus and I had to tweak it again.

For some bizarre reason the Firefox icon disappeared from my favorites. 
I was able to put it back easily enough by launching Firefox and then 
right-clicking on it and selecting "Add to Favorites", but I don't think 
it should have disappeared in the first place. Bug?

Nautilus was failing to start up after the upgrade. There were errors in 
my .xsession-errors which appeared to be related to nautilus-dropbox. I 
removed the nautilus-dropbox RPM (which came from and 
logged out and back in and nautilus started working again. Then I 
reinstalled the /same/ nautilus-dropbox RPM, and it worked just fine. Weird.

I have a VirtualBox VM launcher icon (type application/x-desktop) on my 
desktop. After the upgrade, in addition to the icon displaying its name, 
it also displayed its Comment, which was just way too long and made the 
text under the icon much too large. I don't like this behavior; I think 
icons should display only their names, not their comments. In any case, 
the weird thing is that I tried opening the icon's properties, removing 
the comment, and closing it, and it didn't work -- the comment remained. 
I tried changing the comment to a shorter string and closing it, and 
that didn't work either. However, later on, several logins later, when I 
tried the same thing, it worked! Bizarre.

When I restart gnome-shell with Alt-F2 r, my desktop "shifts" down and 
to the right. Check out this screen shot of the upper left corner of my 
screen after a restart:

I suspected this might be due to the fact that I had the dock extension 
enabled, but I disabled it and the problem didn't go away. Might it have 
something to do with the fact that I have two monitors? Should I file a 
bug? Note that if I restart multiple times, it does /not/ shift further 
and further; it only shifts as far as shown above.

I noticed in gnome-tweak-tool that I had no shell theme installed. There 
are a number of gnome-shell-them-* RPMs, but apparently none of them is 
installed by default in the GNOME Desktop Environment yum group. Should 
one of them be?

The icon-manager gnome-shell extension can't be enabled in 
gnome-tweak-tool. There's a caution icon next to its switch, which is 
insensitive. Is this a known problem?

Not relevant to Fedora /per se/, but I had trouble rebuilding my 
Thunderbird tree after the upgrade because hg now returns a non-zero 
exit status when there are no changes to pull, and the script 
in the Thunderbird source tree for updating the tree from the 
repositories isn't expecting this. I filed a mozilla bug 
<> about the problem.

A number of config files ended up with *.rpmnew counterparts even though 
I had never made any changes to them (and I confirmed this by checking 
that the *.rpmnew files were identical to their non-suffixed 
counterparts). I suspect this is mostly caused by packages where both 
the i686 and x86_64 versions are installed. This is a longstanding 
problem with RPM that somebody really should fix one of these days. :-)



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