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Update broken, PCMCIA broken, up2date broken...



I just installed FC2 yesterday, and had a number of issues with the install. I was wondering how common these problems are (as were my friends at CMU, before attempting the upgrade themselves).

Background: I am upgrading a laptop which was already running FC1. The system was kept up to date with yum, and the only additional major change I made was to upgrade to KDE 3.2.2. This laptop has run every version of RedHat since 7.1 without any problems. I am doing the install from the ISO images stored on my hard disk, using the directions I have posted at: http://www.colohan.com/docs/fedora_upgrade.html. The laptop is a Dell Inpsiron 4000, 550MHz PII, 256MB RAM, plenty of free disk space, networked via a Lucent PCMCIA wireless card.

1. Upgrading fails. At first, I figured I would try to upgrade from FC1 to FC2. The upgrade projected an install time of over 2 hours! (By comparison, a fresh install took 25 minutes.) After about an hour of crunching, the machine stopped doing anything while installing the umb-scheme RPM. I let it hang for an hour, and killed the upgrade. (Given this vague description I decided not to file a bug report, since I am not sure how useful it is...)

I then decided to wipe my FC1 partition clean, and do a fresh install. It worked fine, until I rebooted....

2. PCMCIA does not work. This is a known bug, and has been known for quite some time! (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=116205) I am curious -- does this bug affect all PCMCIA systems, or just the one that I happen to have in my machine? Needless to say, the system is pretty useless without PCMCIA, since this means I have no network connection...

3. Libelf is installed incorrectly. This is trivial to fix, and I filed a bug report: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=123865 This also will probably not affect very many people...

4. up2date doesn't work. Frankly, I have never gotten up2date to work once, on any version of Redhat. This version is prettier than most, until it hangs during package downloading. I am not doing anything unusual -- just starting it up, and saying "yeah, upgrade everything that is out of date". Most of my redhat running friends have never gotten it to work either. Are we all on crack, or are we all missing something obvious?

Apart from these issues the upgrade went well -- it is nice to have KDE 3.2.2 built in, and up2date has enough nice features that I really really wish it worked! Thank you for your hard work...

Chris

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