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How can I replace dnfdragora with yumex-dnf?

asked 2018-04-20 19:17:05 -0500

hsljo gravatar image

updated 2018-04-20 19:17:28 -0500

Fedora 27 comes with dnfdragora which is a disgusting and cruel parody on software. It lacks important features which yumex-dnf had, namely Package Description/Package Update Info/Package Filelist/Package Requirements panels, and all panels of dnfdragora are non-resizable.

I thought that replacing it with yumex-dnf should be trivial, and tried installing that package. But someone in their wisdom aliased dnfdragora as yumex-dnf thus making it impossible to install from a repo.

Building from sources is not possible due to an error. I do not remember the entire text of the error, and no longer have a 27 installation to reproduce, as I need to do work and had to revert to 26 on a short notice.

Can anyone please explain what can be done to wipe out dnfdragora and install yumex-dnf on a fresh installaion of Fedora 27?

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yumex-dnf isn't maintained anymore... but you can install synaptic

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2018-04-21 02:22:06 -0500 )edit

Clearly aware and totally uninterested in the fact that this and some other softwares may not be maintained. Just to save your time next time you will be posting this canned comment.

hsljo gravatar imagehsljo ( 2018-04-23 13:56:42 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-04-21 02:37:06 -0500

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You can download the latest umex-dnf from version 26

dnf download --releasever=26 yumex-dnf

Then extract the files

rpm2cpio yumex-dnf-4.3.3-4.1.fc26.noarch.rpm |cpio -idmvu

And finally copy each of the extracted files to their installed position, for example

cp usr/share/yumex-dnf/yumex-dnf-updater.desktop /usr/share/yumex-dnf/yumex-dnf-updater.desktop

You should expect that yumex will not work properly in all cases, as new versions of dnfdaemon will be incompatible with the old version of yumex-dnf.

dnfdragore can show the file list and requirements. You can click on the blue texts in the description to expand them.

I do agree that yumex-dnf was much nicer than dnfdragore, and I basically don't use either of them any more.

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answered 2018-04-25 10:29:48 -0500

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updated 2018-04-25 10:48:29 -0500

Just use dnf. It has all the information you are looking for:

  • Package Description: dnf info xyz
  • Package Update Info: dnf update
  • Package Filelist: dnf repoquery -l xyz
  • Package Requirements (called dependencies): dnf repoquery --requires xyz

And much more: dnf search xyz, sudo dnf history, dnf provides xyz, and so on...

That is fast and efficient and you don't get frustrated with unmaintained software or crapware.

dnf is well documented and described here: or you just type man dnf.

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If I was the only one here, I'd use command line most of the time, but I have users.

hsljo gravatar imagehsljo ( 2018-05-04 19:30:49 -0500 )edit

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