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what does it mean if my repo has a *star in front of it?

asked 2018-05-07 07:53:40 -0500

TheBigDuck gravatar image

(running Fedora 28) I looked thru the DNF info and I couldn't find the reason why some repos have a star/asterisk in front of them.

[root@fedoraxps hbeck]# dnf repolist
Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:31 ago on Mon 07 May 2018 05:39:15 PM +05.
repo id                                                                                                                  
alunux-budgie-desktop-stable                            Copr repo for budgie-desktop-stable owned by alunux                            45
*fedora                                                 Fedora 28 - x86_64                                                         57,317
fedora-spotify                                          negativo17 - Spotify                                                            3
opera                                                   Opera packages                                                                  6
*rpmfusion-free                                         RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Free                                               563
*rpmfusion-free-updates                                 RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Free - Updates                                      46
*rpmfusion-nonfree                                      RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree                                            203
*rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver                        RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree - NVIDIA Driver                             15
*rpmfusion-nonfree-steam                                RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree - Steam                                      1
*rpmfusion-nonfree-updates                              RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree - Updates                                    5
*updates                                                Fedora 28 - x86_64 - Updates                                                2,594
vivaldi-snapshot                                        vivaldi-snapshot                                                                3

when I type dnf upgrade --refresh, I am told that there are no updates available.

Did something get pooched?

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answered 2018-05-07 08:26:05 -0500

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It means that the particular repository has a metalink. A metalink is a link to a web server which can provide the addresses of the real repositories, so if one repository is down, dnf will try the next one in the list.

if dnf upgrade --refresh reports there are no updates available, it means exactly that. Maybe tomorrow there will be some. Or next week. You can run dnf check-upgrade to get the list of available updates.

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Thanks brudda!

TheBigDuck gravatar imageTheBigDuck ( 2018-05-07 08:28:32 -0500 )edit

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