F7 to F8 upgrade - Anaconda nightmare

Kam Leo kam.leo at gmail.com
Sun Dec 2 17:53:34 UTC 2007


On Dec 2, 2007 8:30 AM, Paul Smith <phhs80 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Dec 2, 2007 1:32 PM, Timothy Murphy <tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie> wrote:
> > I tried upgrading a ThinkPad T43 from Fedora 7 to 8
> > and met the familiar hanging syndrome.
> >
> > I followed the recipe
> > at <http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/F8Common>,
> > downloading
> > <http://katzj.fedorapeople.org/updates-f8-yumloop.img>
> > and appending "updates" to the kernel command.
> >
> > The latter seemed to work, since /tmp/updates
> > contained the updates*.img file
> > (and all other files in the same directory).
> >
> > However, I saw no evidence that the updates*.img file
> > was actually invoked.
> > In any case, the hanging was not cured.
> >
> > I wondered how anaconda knows which file to use to update?
> > Does it use all *.img files?
> > Is one meant to change the name of the downloaded file?
> >
> > As far as I can tell, Anaconda upgrade has not worked
> > for most people - it worked for me on one computer,
> > but not on a second.
> > This is not good;
> > if the developers cannot get anaconda to upgrade reasonably well
> > they should remove the option.
> >
> > As a practical matter, I did not see any way
> > of determining what exactly anaconda was doing
> > during the eternal "Checking dependencies ...".
> > If one knew it was stuck checking dependencies on one file
> > it would be easy to tell that the process had failed.
> > As it is, there seems to be no way of knowing
> > except to wait for several hours.
> >
> > Anaconda: 1 out of 10.
>
> You may want to consider upgrading your machines with yum. Check:
>
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/YumUpgradeFaq
>
> Maybe, in the future, the yum way will be the recommended method to
> upgrade Fedora distributions. (Ubuntu does so already.) For now, it
> seems to work well, although they say

When did Ubuntu switch to yum? I though they were apt and dpkg based.

> "Although upgrades with yum have been tested and work, live upgrades
> are not recommended by the Fedora Project".
>
> Paul
>
>
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