• Re: upgrade Fedora without destroying data?

    From unruh@1:0/0 to All on Mon Jul 12 05:39:35 2010
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    On 2010-07-12, George Orwell <nobody@mixmaster.it> wrote:
    I have installed a few distros on a blank disk before.
    Now I have an old PC with Fedora installed, and wish
    to update to newer Fedora.
    If I get a Fedora DVD for a newer version, can I do an
    upgrade installation that updates Fedora (and packages)
    without reformating the disk?

    Sure you can. Some problems however.
    a) Your / partition may no longer be big enough to contain the new
    distros programs.
    b) The names of packages may have changed, so that the rpm system may
    not know to update the package you have ( eg what was called gimp, may
    now be gimp2, or vice versa, and it will have no idea that that package
    should be upgraded)) This may be especially problematic with
    dependencies.
    c) You could screw up during the installation and have it reformat just
    the partition containing all your data.

    BTW it ext3 partition without LVM rubbish.

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  • From Stefan Patric@110:300/1.1 to All on Mon Jul 12 21:14:59 2010
    On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 04:43:01 +0200, George Orwell wrote:

    I have installed a few distros on a blank disk before. Now I have an old
    PC with Fedora installed, and wish to update to newer Fedora.

    How old a PC? What are the specs? What version of Fedora is installed
    on it? What version do you want to upgrade to?

    If I get a Fedora DVD for a newer version, can I do an upgrade
    installation that updates Fedora (and packages) without reformating the
    disk?

    Maybe. If the version difference of the old and the new Fedoras is
    greater than two, that is, for example, you have Fedora 10 and want to
    upgrade to 13, a difference of 3, chances of success are slim. If you
    have 9 or less and want to upgrade to 12 or 13, forget it. Do a clean install.

    Also, your hardware specifications must meet the minimums for the new
    version.

    BTW it ext3 partition without LVM rubbish.


    Stef

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