Fedora 18 "software": "check for update" hangs

Matthew Saltzman mjs at clemson.edu
Sun Mar 31 23:50:41 UTC 2013

On Sun, 2013-03-31 at 15:18 -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote: 
> On Sun, 2013-03-31 at 15:09 -0400, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> > When I selected "Software" and within that chose the menu item to check 
> > for updates, the process worked for a while and then apparently made no 
> > more progress but ate 100% of the CPU.
> > 
> > It is kind of scary interrupting an update, but after about half an hour 
> > of no progress, I decided that there was no other way.
> > 
> > Do this in a superuser shell instead.  It works and gives better feedback:
> > 	yum update
> > 
> > 
> > See <https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=922697>
> > 
> > PS. I consider software: check for updates less convenient than the 
> > pre-F18 "sofware updates".
> I commented on this previously. The Software program in Gnome does not
> do an yum update for me.  It behaves just as you report in F18.
> Does it work for anyone?

It usually works for me, but seems to hang sometimes.  I think it's when
there is the pop-up dialog for additional packages or deleted packages.
When it happens, the progress bar disappears and the updater appears to

Killing it and running yum by hand has always worked in that case.
Matthew Saltzman
Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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