yum upgrade

Timothy Murphy gayleard at eircom.net
Fri Mar 29 20:38:42 UTC 2013

Reindl Harald wrote:

>> 3. I looked at the two document mentioned about upgrading Fedora:
>> I found both of them rather confusing, and difficult to follow
> what is difficult in
> there is a idiot-proof 1-2-3-4 instruction for each specific jump
> well, you need to understand what the changes between releases are
> dooing to understand the steps and why the order matters, but if
> you are not willing to learn this things and can not upgrade a
> Fedora installation you have two choices left
> * re-install from scratch
> * choose a distribution which fits your ability to flollow

A. As far as I can see, the document you recommend
starts by advising the reader to do something else,
and gives a link to this alternative method.
To me that is confusing, for a start.
It is rather like opening a Russian grammar,
and being told you would do better to study Greek.

B. I should say that to date I have always moved to a new distribution -
I have gone through all Fedora distributions since the first -
by installing the new distribution on a spare partition,
keeping the old in case the new one does not work.

I expect to do the same in the future,
though I am always open to new methods.

So I was only reading the documents mentioned out of interest.
As I said, I found them rather confusing.

It is true, probably, that one could abstract an "idiot-proof" 
1-2-3-4 instruction if one deleted 80% of the document.
Are there really people trying to update from Fedora-13 to Fedora-14?

I would extend Thompson's dictum that "a program should do one thing,
and do it well" to documentation.

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