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Re: ok, laptops loaded up and ready for testing

On Thu, 5 Mar 2009, David wrote:

> The way the update works is that *all*, you said 1500, packages
> would be downloaded, then installed, and then the cleanup would
> begin. That would take a lot of disk space with the potential to
> fail at any stage.

  that's probably why, after updating *only* rpm* and yum, the first
thing i did was install the downloadonly plugin, then "yum update
--downloadonly", wait ... wait ... wait ... then burn all those
packages to DVD before going any further.  just to save time the next

  oh, and i set "keepcache=1".  just playing it safe.

> For the 64bit you would get *all* of the i386 now i586 packages
> install and all of the 64bit packages that have changed. And Rawhide
> changes a lot every day.

  i understand that.  it still brings us back to the same issue --
should i *expect* "yum update" to just work, even with rawhide?  as
in, should i expect it not to totally hose my system to the point
where i have to re-install from scratch?

> Someone posted a script a while back, might have been here, that was
> supposed to help someone with a disk space problem by doing the update a
> little at a time. IIRC it was for a release upgrade but I don't see why
> it would not work here.

  i have buckets of disk space -- i accepted the default disk
partitioning so i have one honking big root filesystem (>80G).  disk
space is not an issue.

> And I would do this in level 3 and not in the GUI level 5. Less
> things to go wrong that way.
> You do know how to get to level three?

  yes, dear ... i've done it a time or two in my day.  :-)


p.s.  still waiting for suggestions as to what to do first if anyone
wants to see the current state of the systems before i bork them
totally.  or i'll just start things rolling and you'll hear the angry
shrieking at some point later this afternoon.

Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry:
    Have classroom, will lecture.

http://crashcourse.ca                          Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

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