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How to update f-15 to f-16?

asked 2011-10-05 10:04:55 -0500

kumarpraveen gravatar image

I am currently running fedora 15 and now fedora 16 beta is available, how can I update to f-16 using yum, should I have to enable some repo?

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answered 2011-10-05 12:08:08 -0500

mether gravatar image

Refer to for instructions on upgrading using yum. Note that Preupgrade is a more recommended option for upgrading but upgrading via yum does work and that is the way I have done it successfully for several releases. If things break, you need a bit more expertise to work around problems. I don't recommend it to new users.

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If you are an expert, yum allows more control.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-13 06:42:40 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-10-05 10:21:36 -0500

Jitesh Shah gravatar image

You can use preupgrade.

yum install preupgrade

Once preupgrade is started, tick the box that says "Display unstable test releases". If you are planning to switch to stable F-16, then the release date for F-16 is : 8 Nov, 2011.

More info here:

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answered 2011-10-05 17:33:07 -0500

All the options are listed at DistributionUpgrades

In order, I would suggest:

  • use the dvd, as this gets the most testing.

  • use preupgrade

  • use yum only if you are ready to solve your issues and understand how yum and packages work. ;)

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answered 2011-10-17 19:23:49 -0500

fedvasu gravatar image

updated 2011-11-13 03:19:35 -0500

ok i know, i won't get upvoted for this answer on yum upgrade. but here is the deal,

 yum update yum #first update your yum

 yum clean all #remove all cruft from all previous yum transactions

 yum --releasever=16 --disableplugin=presto distrosync #glorious upgrade-path

since you are upgrading from fedora 15 to fedora 16, you mightnot like it,but you have to eventually switch to grub2

  /sbin/grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

and install grub2 to where you installed grub

  /sbin/grub2-install BOOTDEVICE

if you have installed grub on MBR(atleast i do)


so this is it,if you get into trouble,well ask for help.

All this information is shamelessly stolen from Upgrading through yum

so you should probably see that link for detailed explanation,i put this info to serve as my upgrade quick-reference and for impatient noobs.

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answered 2011-11-08 21:08:44 -0500

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yum --releasever=16 --disableplugin=presto -distrosync #glorious upgrade-path

do not work, i use:

yum upgrade --releasever=16 --disablepresto
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There is no - (hyphen) before distrosync. It would work just fine without that

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-08 21:28:05 -0500 )edit

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